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Arm and Hammer Sensitive Skin Plus Scent Laundry Detergent- Product Review

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According to surveys conducted by companies that produce personal care products, 52 percent of households report one or more family members as having sensitive skin. Most choose laundry products that are dye and fragrance free to help avoid contact dermatitis and any chemical sensitivities. In July 2011, Arm & Hammer detergents introduced its first fragranced detergent clinically tested to be gentle and safe for sensitive skin.

About Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin Plus Scent

For several years, Arm & Hammer has offered both liquid and powder formulas of their laundry detergent that are perfume and dye free. Their customers requested a sensitive skin formula that included a fresh scent for their laundry but did not cause skin irritation. The new Skin-Friendly Fresh scent has been clinically tested as hypoallergenic and offers the option of fragrance to those who like to add scent to their laundry.

The formula includes baking soda which is a natural odor reducer and softener for laundry. It is compatible for use in high efficiency (he) washers as well as standard machines. If used in a standard machine, you will notice low sudsing. Available in three sizes: 50 ounce (32 loads), 68.75 ounce (44 loads) and 150 ounce (96 loads), the suggested retail prices are from $4.99 to $9.99.

The packaging is recyclable. However, the packaging does not list the use of any post-consumer recycled plastic in the production of the bottle.

Product Ingredients

According to the product label, the ingredients (listed in English and Spanish) are:

  • Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • biodegradable surfactants (anionic and nonionic)
  • perfumes
  • This product may contain enzymes
  • Contains no phosphates

    The only Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent that contains enzymes is their Arm & Hammer with Oxi-Clean. However, during the manufacturing process, there can be some crossover of formulas causing a trace of enzymes in other products.

    To obtain the full product ingredient listing, you must visit the Church & Dwight website. The complete list is:

  • Water
  • Sodium Alkyl Aryl Ether Sulfate
  • C12-14 Alcohol Ethoxylate
  • C12-15 Alcohol Ethoxylate
  • Sodium Carbonate
  • Sodium alkylbenzene sulfonate
  • Fragrance
  • Acrylic Acid Homopolymer
  • Oleic Acid
  • Brightner
  • EDTA

Arm & Hammer - Church & Dwight Co.

Arm & Hammer Laundry Products are an arm of the Church & Dwight Co., Inc. The Arm & Hammer brand was first applied to boxes of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) produced by Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight in 1846. The familiar box of baking soda with the hammer-wielding arm of Vulcan, god of fire, as their logo became a fixture in most homes.

In 1970, the company introduced the first non-phosphate laundry detergent and was the sole corporate sponsor of the first Earth Day celebration. By the 1980s, Arm & Hammer laundry detergent was available in both liquid and powder formulas. And, in 2006, Church & Dwight acquired Orange Glo International, the parent company of OxiClean, an oxygen based bleach.

In addition to laundry products and baking soda, Church & Dwight manufactures a variety of cleaning, freshening and deodorizing products such as kitty litter, toothpaste, deodorants, carpet deodorizer, household cleaners like Kaboom, Orange Glo and Scrub Free, and personal products like Nair, Trojan condoms and First Response pregnancy tests.

About Laundry Recommendation

I gave this product a double trial. No one in my household has sensitive skin (other than we sunburn like crazy because of the red hair) so I concentrated on the cleaning power of Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin Plus Scent. I found it to work very well on normal soil clothing. The laundry came out smelling fresh and soft to the touch. It did not work as well as a detergent containing enzymes on oily stains or heavy and ground-in dirt.

As with many products, I had a hard time seeing the measuring lines within the cap which makes it easy to overuse the product.

To test the hypoallergenic aspect of the added scent, I asked a young friend who has sensitive skin to give the detergent a try for several loads. She has sensitivity to detergents and had switched to dye and fragrance-free formulas. She reported no problems and was pleased with the cleaning results as well.

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