Wash the itch out of your clothes. Use mild laundry detergents, and rinse your clothes twice when washing to clear away all traces of detergent, advises Dr. Deasey. “I stay away from those newer, blue liquid detergents, because I find that they leave residues on clothes that make people itch. I also avoid fabric softeners, because the fragrances in them can make your skin itch.”
Protect your hands. Wear gloves whenever you do dishes or housework, because soap and water, cleaning products, and even dust can irritate your skin, advises Dr. Kleinsmith. “However, rubber gloves tend to get hot and make your hands sweaty, so wear cotton glove liners inside the rubber gloves to absorb perspiration,” she says.