Aleze Laundry Detergent
Whirlpool Serves up Clean Clothes with No Allergic Reactions!
If you are a family living with chemical allergies and sensitivities, then you have the same problem that I have: how to have clean clothes and yet use the "gentlest" allergy product available?
I've found a couple of great alternatives for the family that wants clean clothes with no allergic reactions. One option is a new product by the company that may have made your washing machine. Whirlpool has entered the allergy market with Aleze laundry detergent.
Now the interesting thing about Aleze is that it's not only made without dyes, fragrances and synthetics, but it's also designed to help wash out common allergens as well! Now, I don't know about you, but to me that sounds like the ideal solution for combating dust mites (one of the most common allergens in the home).
While Aleze laundry detergent isn't a stain remover per se, you can use this allergy product to pre-treat stains. Although, I didn't find that it worked on really tough stains unless you pre-treated with a specific stain remover. However, for the "garden variety" stains (soup spilled on the front of my son's shirt, and a few "heavily soiled" items) it worked fine.
The end result? A clean load of laundry, with no detectable smell. No one in the family reacted to their clothes. Better yet, my husband, who is the most sensitive to any remaining odours left behind in his clothing, was happy that his shirts were fresh without any chemical traces.
I'm not a scientist, so I can't be sure that dust mites were removed from our sheets and bedclothes, but they did come out clean and as equally fresh as all of our other washing.
In order to wash a medium load, you need two ounces of the Aleze liquid detergent. The packaging recommends using warm water with this detergent, but I have used cold and found that I still got good results - and it saves a bit on the cost of electricity. However, being able to wash in warm water while removing allergens is still a saving over the standard recommendation, which is to wash sheets in hot water once a week in order to eliminate dust mites.
While Aleze isn't the most inexpensive laundry detergent, I'd say it's worth the price. While we don't need it for our clothing, I'll still be buying it for our bedding. For our clothing, I'll be using one of my other favourite detergents, which I promise to feature in an upcoming review. However, for bedding, it means that I can wash in warm, not hot water, and still rid the dust mites. None of us might have allergies to dust mites, but I'm sure you'll agree that it still doesn't hurt to keep potential allergens out of an allergy-prone home. Plus, given that we spend 8-hours sleeping in our sheets, it also doesn't hurt to have them washed in a product like Aleze laundry detergent to prevent irritation of sensitive skin.