All Free and Clear with Oxi Active Caused An Allergic Reaction

by Jennifer
(Waldorf, Md)

Jennifer has shared her experience with All Free and Clear Oxi Active detergent.

Jennifer says:

My eleven year old son has completely broken out in hives from the the Oxi Active that was put in the All free and clear.


I buy the free and clear because it has always been great for his allergies. Please consider taking the words gentle on skin off of your bottle. Thanks

Taylor says:

Jennifer, thanks for sharing your son's experience with me, although I am sorry he had an allergic reaction to the detergent.

As you probably know, I am not affiliated in any way with the manufacturers of All, so I cannot take any words off the bottle, but I have put your experience up here to let others know about it. As you can see from the reviews of the scented version of All Oxi Active your family is not the first to experience allergies from this product, although this is the first complaint I've received about the free and clear version of it.

***Update - as you can see from the reviews below, since this review was received I have received quite a few more emails and reviews from other readers who have had the same problem with the free and clear version of this product.***

As far as I understand, from a review of All's website, it appears they still make the regular kind of All Free & Clear detergent that they have in the past, so if that works for your son I would suggest just skipping the Oxi Active version from now on and sticking with the older formula.

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Has anyone else had an experience, good or bad, with All detergent, either in the Oxi version or with another type. If so, I'd love for you to share your review with me here, or read even more reviews that have already been submitted.


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Major Breakout With All Oxi Active Free & Clear

by Linda

Linda says:

I have used All Free and Clear for years and loved it.

I recently purchased a bottle of it with Oxi thinking it would be a great detergent. Wrong!

I've developed hives wherever my skin comes in close contact with underwear and clothing and am quite miserable.

I am going back to my regular All Free and Clear. I think that with the addtion of the Oxi All should no longer market Free and Clear as hypoallergenic!

Taylor says:

Linda, sorry to hear that you've gotten such a bad allergic reaction, and I hope you feel better soon. As you can see from all the other readers who've experienced this same problem, you are not alone, although I'm not sure that makes you feel any better. :(

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I've Had A Similar Bad Experience With This Detergent

by Megan

Megan has also shared her experience with this allegedly hypoallergenic detergent.

Megan says:

I have had a similar experience with the ALL brand free and clear with oxiclean in it.

I broke out in hives and everytime I put my clothes on that had been washed in it, I would break out again!! Will be throwing this to the trash!!

Taylor says:

Hope you feel better soon Megan, and I'm so sorry this happened to you.

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All Free and Clear with Oxiclean Reaction

by SR101 Reader

SR101 Reader says:

I'm so glad I found this page. I've been trying to figure out why I have this itchy rash on my back.

The only change was trying All Free & Clear with Oxyclean instead of using regular All Free and Clear.

I hate to throw away a new bottle of laundry detergent, but my gosh I can't stand this itchy skin!!

Taylor says:

Sorry to hear you've had this same problem too.

It seems like people are grabbing up the Oxi version, thinking it will be an improvement, and getting a bad surprise -- an allergic reaction.

Feel better soon!

Oh, by the way, I just want to make sure people understand the product contains some type of oxygen bleach additive, but it is not associated with Oxiclean. Oxiclean is made by a different company (Church & Dwight), while All is made by the Sun Products Corporation. Oxiclean is just the most well known brand name of oxygen bleach!

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This All Laundry Detergent Variety Gave Me Hives

by Bob W
(Leland, NC)

The first time we used this product (All Oxi-Active Stainlifter 2X Ultra) my wife got Hives necessitating a visit to the doctor, medicines, ointments etc. along with extreme discomfort.

We have done nothing different in diet, there has been no stress, and I really have to believe it's this product.

We almost always use Arm and Hammer perfume free but I had to be a cheepo and buy this stuff because it was on sale and I had a coupon.

Taylor says:

Sorry your wife got hives Bob, and I hope she feels better soon.

Unfortunately, several people have had this trouble. I sure hope Sun Products, the makers of All, address this issue soon!

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Very Bad Allergic Reaction To This Detergent

by SR101 Reader

ALL should not keep their new oxi active detergent labeled as hypoallergenic.

I used it and broke out in terrible hives...needed steroids.

Terrible product for those with sensitive skin. Sadly it's mis-leading. Hope this helps someone.

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They Need To Take This Stuff Off The Shelves!

by Amy
(Utah)

I have had the same horrible allergic reactions with this detergent as everyone else!

I have been miserable with extreme itching and welts, rashes all over body!

I have never had an allergic reaction before with anything else!

They need to take this off shelves and discontinue it!

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This Caused Hives Even Though Free & Clear

by SR101 Reader

SR101 Reader says:

I am very thankful for your website.

After reading these comments, I believe I have hives from the Oxi active in the ALL Free and Clear. I cannot think of anything else that has changed.

I am now on Prednisone and other creams to help me.

My dermatologist does not believe it is from the detergent because she said I would be brekaing out everywhere. I have only broken out on my bottom half.

Has anyone else had hives like this? I am still 100% sure this is the reason.

What will make the hives go away? I have read everything about how to control them, but when will I see them go away?

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing your experience with me, but I'm not a doctor so I cannot answer your questions. You'll have to rely upon a physician to answer those types of questions!

If you do think it was the detergent though, definitely stop using it immediately, and wash all your clothing, perhaps a couple of times with extra rinses, to remove as much of the detergent residue from them as possible.

Hope you get some relief soon! Hives are no fun at all.

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Miserable Itching Hives Even With Free & Clear Version

by SR101 Reader

OMG!!! I have NEVER itched so much in my life!

Hives everywhere!! Ready to claw my skin off!!

Up writing this at 2am and am sooo glad I found this site so I now know what the culprit is!

I've been itching for over a week and thought maybe it was the heat or stress, but it just got a WHOLE LOT worse when I tried to sleep on sheets (& in PJs + underwear) that were just washed in ALL Small & Mighty "free & clear" OXI-Active!

Even though it says "free & clear" I'm guessing maybe it's the "OXI-Active" or some other ingredient in ALL that we're ALL allergic to! :(

Threw this toxic detergent in the trash, stripped off sheets & clothes (re-washing everything in our old detergent now), downed some antihistamines and just took another shower so hopefully I'll start feeling better ASAP! Woke up the whole house with my itching antics!

Thanks again for this forum!

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I Think I'm Allergic To This Detergent Formula As Well

by Wil
(New Jersey)

I have been troubled with a severe rash on my back, neck, chest and now ankles for over a month now. I thought it was due to some new foods in my diet so I stopped eating them. No change took place.

Then I went to the general doctor and dermatologist and they recommended a couple of corticosteroid creams which help to temporarily relieve the itch, which only returns later, but the rash and hives and red spots remain.

My wife says she started using All with oxi-active approximately two months ago. I now believe that this could be the source of my problem.

All of our clothes, bedding, and towels are now being rewashed using non-oxi additive products. I hope this does the trick as I am very uncomfortable and itchy.

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I Switched To Fight Stains But Instead Got Hives!

by Brenda

I switched from regular All Free and Clear to the All F & C with Oxi-active.

We are a farming family and I thought it would be better for stains.

I have been covered in hives for a week. This morning I woke up with swollen lips and angiodema on my forehead---the sheets and pillowcase had been washed in the Oxi-active.

Beware if you have sensitive skin!

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I Love All Free and Clear But The Oxi Active Form Gave My Child An Allergic Reaction

by Kasey
(Florida)

Here is another review of All Oxi Active free and clear, this time from Kasey, who also had a child experience an allergic reaction to the detergent.

Kasey says:

I am a huge fan of All Free and Clear. I have used it for years.

About 2 weeks ago I decided to try the All Free and Clear with the Oxi Active additive. Unfortunately, my 9 year old has experienced full body hives for the past 10 days and they are increasing in intensity. Since the new detergent is the only "change" we have introduced lately, I have to think he is having a reaction to the Oxi Active ingredient.

I will gladly switch back to the All Free and Clear without the Oxi Active. I don't think there is a better hypoallergenic detergent out there.

Taylor says:

Thanks so much for sharing your experience Kasey, I hope your son starts to feel better soon. Having an allergic reaction to laundry detergent is no fun at all.

You actually aren't the first person to report an allergic reaction from this new formula (see above). Based on these two experiences I will make sure to update my hypoallergenic laundry detergent page to mention the issues with the Oxi version of the All detergent.

I would love to hear from even more people who have used either the regular or free and clear version of All Oxi Active, or any other All brand of detergent, to share their experiences, good or bad. You can share your All detergent review here, or read other reviews that have already been submitted.

***Update 1: I got another comment from a reader who said two different types of oxi type detergents caused her to get an allergic reaction. It sounds like the oxi additives may be bothering some people with sensitive skin.***

***Update 2: I also got this short comment from another SR101 Reader who stated:
I have been using All for years and I love it! So I decided to try All w/ Oxi Clean in it! It made me break out in hives from head to toe!! Beware of this product!!
***End Update

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Comments for I Love All Free and Clear But The Oxi Active Form Gave My Child An Allergic Reaction

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Same Problem
by: Anonymous

I have used All Free and Clear for years now without any problems. Recently bought some of the Oxi Active Free and Clear because the store was out of the regular stuff. Started itching a few weeks later (when I started cycling through clothes washed with the Oxi Active detergent). The itching would generally start whenever I was doing something physical and started getting warm. A few days ago I woke up with hives on my upper body. Today after shoveling snow, my whole upper body was itching like crazy. I finally put 2 and 2 together and realized I was only itching in clothes that had recently been washed. Glad I found this site. I just dumped all the Oxi Active detergent out and will get the regular Free and Clear tomorrow.

All Oxi Active Stainlifter
by: Jenny

I think I am having the same allergic reaction that most women on this forum are having. I just came to visit my boyfriend who lives out of state and did my laundry at his apartment using the Oxi Active. A few hours after wearing my underwear, I have hives all over and its a non stop itch. I tried to put Cortisone but I feel like it's increasing.

Will definitely have to rewash my clothes in a different detergent.

BAD Reaction!
by: Anonymous

I have used All Free & Clear for years with no problems. I purchased new All Free & Clear with Oxi stain fighter and had a terrible skin reaction of severe itching. They need to remove this product and rework the problem ingredients. If you suffer from allergies or skin sensitivities, I suspect you won't be happy.

Had an Itchy Rash as a Result of All Oxi-Active
by: Anonymous

I'm so happy I found this website!!!! I drove myself crazy as you all did trying to figure out what could have given me the itchiest rash of my life. I'm usually not sensitive to detergents, perfumes, make-ups, etc., but I decided to buy this so as to not bother my bf. I even thought I had syphilis due to the horrible and widespread red bumps all over my body. Get rid of this immediately!!!! I will be re-washing everything!!!

Same Here
by: Jessica

The same thing has happened to me and my 1 year old daughter. It's absolutely miserable. I figured being free and clear it would be just fine. But I read somewhere that oxi has a non chlorine bleach. I don't know how true that is but it sure does seem true to me.

Great Detergent!
by: Drew

Just because you were allergic to this detergent doesn't mean it's not a great detergent. I have used the All with Oxy now and find it not only gentle, but very effective on stains. It's a GREAT buy for the money and every bit as good as Tide. You have an option to buy the original Free & Clear ALL. I don't think it needs to be taken off the market!

Bad Hives need ER trip
by: Mike

Well I have never been allergic to anything. But I got some of this on my hand when it spilled over. I washed it off right away and within an hour I broke out with hives all over my body.

Had to Go the the ER for IV with steroids and Benadryl.

Hives came and gone for 2 days afterwards.

Allergic Reaction
by: Mark

I had a terrible allergic reaction with this product after working out in clothes washed in the detergent for the first time. I broke out in terrible hives. The dermatologist said it was unusual to have such an explosive reaction. He did a biopsy and determined it was contact dermatitis. Nothing came in contact with areas other than laundered clothes.

Why is this product still on the market and marketed as gentle on skin?

HIVES
by: Anonymous

Hives for a month after rewashing oxi active clothes again with regular free and clear. Leaves residue that does not come out easily. Have to re-wash and dry clothes 10+ times to remedy.

Me too!
by: Anonymous

I have the same issue; terrible itchy skin where ever my body touches the clothes. I've never in my life had skin allergies or problems but apparently do now after using this product.

the company should reimburse us all!
by: Stephanie Carter

My husband picked me up a bottle of All Free Clear with Oxi and I thought, I'm not so sure about this, because I'm allergic to many products. I washed sheets and blankets and wasn't even thinking that I would break out in hives. I got into bed and started itching so bad and started tracing back what I ate or drank. I really couldn't figure it out, until I started a load of laundry and went OMG my laundry soap has Oxi in it; I knew then what the problem was. I had to stay up and rewash all sheets and blankets and thought, what other clothes I washed with it?

I don't like having to deal with this at all, but if you have ever gone through a severe rash burn from soaps to deodorants; many products, the pain is unbearable, not mentioning taking off from work, seeing a dermatologist to get it cleared up. Why take a great product and add Oxi? It wasn't broke, so why fix it?

So NO, I do not recommend this product for those whom have allergic reactions to soaps of any kind. I think the company should reimburse those that bought the Oxi for the original All Free Clear.

only one of the All Free & Clears that has cause allergic reaction
by: JP

We also tried All Free and Clear with Oxi and have experienced allergic reactions in the form of rashes on our bodies. We had never experienced such a reaction with any other of the All Free and Clear detergents. There must be some kind of chemical reaction that doesn't work with sensitive skin. BEWARE!! Those of you who have sensitive skin do NOT use All Free and Clear WITH OXI.

Hives from detergent
by: Stang2x

I recently (2) days ago got oxi-clean for the first time. Today I woke up and had hives all over my body and my eyes were itching.
I have taken benadryl to try and relieve some of the itching. Still having issues but I will never use this stuff again.

My dog has been itchy and chewing on herself since I used this
by: Anonymous

I have always used All Free and Clear for all my dog's blankets and my bedding as well since she sleeps with me. I thought I'd try the Free and Clear Oxi product. I was wondering why my 11-year-old Bull Terrier all of a sudden began to itch and chew on herself until she was bleeding, because she has eaten the same food and biscuits for years, and is on a year round flea preventative. Then, one evening it dawned on me that the itching and chewing began after I used the Oxi product. I switched back to the regular free and clear, and her itching and chewing has subsided.

Oxi Itch
by: sharry

My little one also ended up with a rash after using the Oxi version. It also happened after I added the Oxi Clean powder to the wash using regular All Free and Clear. We have avoided everything Oxi and our skin problems went away.

hives kept spreading
by: from Alabama

Had no clue what was causing my hives. Started on my back and chest. Then spread to my arms, up my neck, down my lower trunk area, then to my legs. I've been miserable for a week now. I've tried everything to make it better. Only thing different is my detergent, which I got the added stain lifter Oxi. Normally I just get Free and Clear. Got to go get some steroids to make this stop. I've been miserable!

This oxi version has made me miserable
by: Jackie

I started using All Free & Clear with Oxi but didn't realize I switched from my regular All Free & Clear. After a month of numerous doctors, steroids, expensive cream I turned the bottle and saw the word Oxi!! I immediately showered and put on clothes that weren't washed with this. Unfortunately most everything; towels, sheets, blankets, new clothes from Christmas, and about 90% of my family's clothes were washed with this.

Upon reading up on this product I see I am not alone. It's already cost me over $300 in prescriptions and doctors visits. I have been miserable with a full body itchy rash. I'm bleeding from scratching. The steroids are making me angry and I can't stop eating. I wouldn't wish this on anyone!!!

I just went down to wash clothes in the All Free & Clear I bought from Costco and it says Plus Whitening on the label. I'm scared to use it. The All product website doesn't list this product or give ingredients for either of these products. Since it's Sunday I can't call and get an answer. So I am off to the store in search of another detergent. It will take me weeks to rewash everything.

Nightmare from Hell
by: Nora Maffei

I purchased All Free and Clear with Oxi. I have been to see my MD three times and on March 31, 2015 went to see a Dermatologist! I look as if someone took a razor and cut up my body! I have broken out on my back, front, arms, legs and buttocks. Per doctors, I have tried so many medications. I have lost one week of work, lost plenty of sleep and now I have also lost my appetite. I can't think to eat because my body itches all over. This is my worst experience ever. I used All for over twenty years. But after what I am going through, I will no longer purchase any of All products. It is going on four months-no relief. I had to call the specialist for help with something else because nothing is working. This skin irritation is going on four months. I had to cancel planned events because of the way that I look! I look like I have DISEASE. I have complained directly to All which is Sun and also filed a consumer report about this terrible experience. Thanks. Hope that this helps someone else!

head itch from oxi clean
by: Anonymous

I have always used All free/clear. I had some vintage linens I wanted to whiten so used oxi clean soak then washed with All. They came out really white. I used the same on my towels underwear etc. without the soak, just using oxi as the pre-wash to All. I started noticing my head on the right side was itching and I am having some hair loss. I am guessing it is the oxi clean, it is the only new thing I have used. I sleep on my right side and I am guessing it is the pillowcase that was washed in oxi clean that is causing it. I will stop using it now and just use the All and see if that helps.

All caused allergic reaction
by: Erin

We have been using All Free and Clear for seven or eight years with no complaints. The company must have changed the formula because my family and I have recently encountered red itchy rashes over our arms, legs, faces, and waists. My husband's reaction was so severe (welts), he had to go to the emergency room to get a steroid shot. Right now I am on oral steroids.

horrible hives
by: Amanda Gamble

Horrible hives. Never had a reaction to All but I bought the kind with Oxi and broke out in hives bad! Bought huge bottle! Throwing it out.

Horrible detergent
by: Anonymous

My dog also started itching and biting on herself until she bled. Took her to the vet and after over $1000 vet bills and even more in medication charges, finally figured out it was probably All free and clear with oxi. I am now rewashing all the bedding in the house and anything my dog lays on. This detergent needs to be taken off the market.

Same problem
by: Judy

I also liked the regular All Free & Clear but have been itching like crazy from the Oxy version. My face and everywhere my clothes touch are so uncomfortable. I've been living on Benadryl for the past two day.

Broke toddler out
by: Giselle M.

We always use the regular All laundry detergent, but about a month ago we went to Sam's and they didn't have the regular All detergent so we bought All with Oxi agent, and let me tell you, my toddler had a really bad allergy reaction to this product that now has Oxi agent. It took me a while to realized that it was that so I highly recommend to stay away of the Oxi agent.

Oxi stain allergic attack
by: Rob

Hi. I am not allergic to anything ever in my life except for penicillan. Anyway, interestingly enough, I found an insect engorged with blood feeding off my foot and almost spent thousands of dollars to have my house fumigated due to a possible flea infestation which made zero sense as my son, wife and dog had zero symptoms, but interestingly enough my wife switched to all with oxi clean approximately the same day. I have been miserable with hives all over my legs and thighs that have been getting persistently worse. I have been prescribed antihistamine and steroids which have been working poorly. Please do yourself a favor and take this product off the shelf before someone suffers from anaphylaxis and your company ends up in a huge lawsuit. Never have felt so miserable in my life. The irony is that this was caused from a cleaning detergent, not a dirty flea!!!!

Free and clear laundry soaps with no rash for me
by: Anonymous

All free and clear has worked well for me. Do Not use the one with OXI CLEAN!!!! I found it to be one of my allergens.

not gentle on your skin
by: Holly

My husband grabbed all free and clear with oxy. I kept itching like crazy going to the drs. thinking I have infections from washing my underwear with it. My daughter's privates were all red too. I am now having to wash all panties and sheets. Ugh... not gentle at all. Even had 3 copays due to it. $90 later.. :/

not recommended if you have sensitive skin
by: Kristen

I have used free and clear ALL for years. I recently decided to try ALL free and clear with OXI and although it seems to get the clothes clean, it has caused me to have an allergic reaction requiring evaluation by my MD and prescription medication to clear it. I would recommend ALL free and clear if you have sensitive skin, but not with OXI!!

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