Favorite Fragrance-free Products (Shampoo, Laundry, etc)?

Hi all,

I think one of the things I will need to do is work on getting rid of anything scented.  A few items are particularly problematic– dryer sheets!–but others may be irritating background noise.  Does anyone have any particular favorite unscented products?  Both home cleaning supplies and toiletries will need reviewed as a couple are unscented (one laundry detergent, vinegar, one soap) but most are not.

Regionally, I'm US, northeast-ish.


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  • Pljohns

    StephM-I don't use ANYTHING that has a scent in it-just not worth the risk.  I use walmart brand unscented dryer sheets/ Tide free and clear;  I use a handheld steamer to clean everything else with-it powers through anything I've found with no scents and at 220 degrees, definitely disinfects everything.  I mop with a steam mop so there is no cleaner there either. 

    As for personal items, I use Sure unscented deodorant, whatever brand of unscented hair spray I can find.  I have found that Dove shower soap, while scented, is so minimal that it doesn't bother me.  I used Olay for years and all of a sudden, it started bothering me.  Shampoo, I've found that Aussie doesn't seem to bother me even though it has a scent to it.  Lotion-Jergens unscented, same for face cleaner-walmart unscented makeup remover cloths. 

    I couldn't tell you the last time I bought something that had a scent with it  The few things I use that do have a scent, I stick with them because they don't bother me  

  • AliWithAsthma

    Vanicream! It is what pharmacies use for topical prescription compounding, and it's free of fragrance, lanolin, and a bunch of other potentially irritating things. They make skin cream, lotion, face wash, shampoo & conditioner, soap, sunscreen, and maybe more.For laundry, I replaced dryer sheets with wool dryer balls.

    I usually make my own cleaning products with vinegar, water, baking soda castile soap (Dr. Bronner's unscented), and essential oils (which provide fragrance but don't irritate me). 

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, StephM! Lots of folks around here avoid scented products, so you can definitely get good tips on that!

    @Pljohns told me about unscented dryer sheets — they are the bees' knees! I get WalMart's brand, but I think other companies also make unscented dryer sheets. You can also use wool dryer balls as well.

    For cleaning, I try to avoid anything scented at all. I use a steam mop to mop my floors, so all that's required is hot water. For quick clean-ups, I've recently bought a dry/wet Libman mop with the microfiber washable pad, and I use a spray bottle with whichever preferred cleaner I need for that particular mess. I find that the mops that come with the spray bottles attached tend to leak pretty quickly or the nozzle will go — so buying a separate cheap spray bottle means I can replace it without having to toss the whole mop.

    I've found the following "recipes" for cleaning solutions work for me, but they may not work for everyone, depending on their triggers:

    • 3% hydrogen peroxide – the cheap bottle from the drug store — I just unscrew the lid and replace it with a spray nozzle. 
    • 70% isopropyl alcohol – ditto. 
    • for non-food surfaces (per Clorox label): 1/2 cup regular bleach (not splashless) to 1 gallon of water. For a regular 32-ounce spray bottle, that's 2 tablespoons bleach to 32 ounces of water.
    • for food-surfaces: 1 teaspoon bleach (not splashless) to 1 gallon of water
    • If you need a little soap or detergent action, you can try a vinegar and water mix — a quarter cup of vinegar to 2.5 cups of water with a 1/2 teaspoon or so of liquid dish soap, or you can use .

    Vinegar plus peroxide (sprayed separately) can knock down bacteria, but for true disinfecting, follow .

    The diluted bleach/water spray is fine for me as long as I mix it in a well-ventilated area or get someone else to mix it. The diluted bleach doesn't seem to trigger me like concentrated bleach.

  • K8sMom2002

    Welcome, @AliWithAsthma! I like Dr. Bonner's as well! It doesn't "suds up" as much so it makes rinsing easier.

  • Melissa G

    Steph, for laundry we All Free and Clear. We also love the Vanicream products. They have been a lifesaver for our youngest, Bekah. 

    Welcome to the AAFA forums Aliwithasthma!