All Free And Clear Detergent Review - Great for Allergy Sufferers!

by Melissa
(Richmond, KY)

Melissa has provided her All Free and Clear detergent review.

Melissa says:

I've always suffered from allergies and constantly struggle to find cleaning products that are non-scented and dye-free.


I've tried many others brands in the non-scented but was often disappointed that they weren't really as scent free as they claimed.

I've been using All Free and Clear for years now and I'm never switching to anything else. It has no scents or dye yet it still cleans great and has always taken care of all of our laundry needs.

I prefer to use the 96 load size because it has a press and pour spout. I just place it on the shelf over our washer and when I need detergent instead of lifting a bottle and bothering with messy caps of liquid I simply pull the container to the edge of the shelf, press the button, and it pours directly into my washer with no mess and no fuss.

For any allergy sufferers out there you can't beat All Free and Clear!!

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Taylor says:

Thanks Melissa for your review.

I know what you mean about looking for a good hypoallergenic laundry detergent. Once you find something that works well with your allergies (or in this case my son's) you stick with it.

So, does anyone else use All detergent? If so, you can share your review here, or read other reviews already submitted.

In addition, you can share other laundry detergent reviews here, telling me which one you like, and why.

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All Small And Mighty Free & Clear A Good Value But The Bottle Drips Which Is Annoying

by Taylor @Stain-Removal-101.com

After my friend Melissa (see above) wrote a review for me, telling me how she likes All Free and Clear detergent I decided to put it on my list of detergents to try and review for the site.

That's why, when I saw a sale at Walmarticon for a 96 load jug of this detergent for just $11 (approximately), I jumped at the chance to try it out. Not only had I been told good things about it already, but it is significantly cheaper than many other free and clear detergents I've tried, such as Tide Free and Gentle and Cheer Free and Gentle, to name a few. I'm always up for finding a product that works just as well, but costs less.

I have now used the entire bottle of this detergent, and I will say I plan to buy it again sometime (I've got a long line of additional detergents I'm trying for the site first though). I found that it cleaned the clothes well, no one in the family had an allergic reaction to this hypoallergenic laundry detergent, and I loved the price per load.

Does All Detergent Cause Fading In Your Clothes?

One thing I was concerned about when using All is that I had heard, from several sources, that this detergent faded clothes.

First, I had seen a video from Consumer Reports about fading colors in the wash (click the link to watch the video on this site) which compared several detergents, and the one that faded the most from the test group was All Small and Mighty.

Second, I got a comment on Stain Removal 101's Facebook page once saying All had faded her clothes too. These two pieces of information made me a bit concerned, but by that time I had already purchased the detergent so I was bound and determined to use it.

So, after using this detergent for approximately 96 loads I can say I personally have not noticed any excessive fading in my family's clothes. I know that is just anecdotal evidence, but it is my observation. Therefore, this would not deter me from purchasing All Free and Clear again.

My Big Complaint With This Detergent: The Bottle Leaks And Drips

The thing I dislike about this detergent, and bugged me the entire time I used it was that the bottle leaks.

As you can see from the picture of the 96 load jug it is designed to lie down, and then you take the cap off the spout and push a button to let out some detergent into the cap, fill the cap up to the line (I always chose line 1 -- the smallest amount), and then pour this detergent into the washing machine.

There are things I liked about this design, such as not having to lift the heavy jug of detergent each time I used it. However, it dripped, dripped, dripped just a little right after I used it, and I was constantly having to wipe the drips off the washing machine lid since it sat on a wire shelf about the machine.

Although that was annoying it wasn't a deal breaker for me, because it was such a good value. Therefore, I would use it again, but if I could find a smaller jug with the same cheap price per load I would probably choose it instead since it wouldn't lay down like this design.

***Update - I recently tried the All Mighty Pacs, in the free and clear scent, and they are the same formula as the All Free & Clear small and mighty that I reviewed above, but it is packaged differently. If the dripping problem annoys you, this may be a good solution, but read my review for the caveats!.***

Of course, maybe I wasn't using the jug correctly, and that caused the dripping, since I had never used this type of design before. I would love to hear from others who have used this type of detergent jug, either while using All Free and Clear or any other detergent that has a bottle with a similar design, and give me your tips for how to keep it from dripping, or how you deal with the dripping. You can share your All detergent review or experiences here, or read others already submitted.

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Did They Start Adding Scent To All Free & Clear?

by Barbara
(Davis, CA)

Barbara asked a question about this scent free laundry detergent.

Barbara says:

My new bottle of All Free & Clear is lightly scented.

All of my previous bottles had a faint chemical odor but nothing perfumy like this one.

Has anyone else noticed this and, if so, have they had any skin reactions to using this apparently new formulation?

Taylor says:

Thanks for writing in with this problem Barbara. My quick answer is no - not that I'm aware of.

In fact, it seems strange that this scent is there since the detergent is advertised as being scent free, and you're right all the bottles of it I've gotten have not had a perfume smell to them.

I have been in the process of testing a bunch of additional detergents recently, so I haven't bought a new bottle in a while. Therefore, I'd love to hear from others sharing if they've noticed a change.

I would definitely call the company and ask about this issue, and if you have time I'd be curious to hear what they say to you. Perhaps they've got an answer, or at least can send you a coupon for a new bottle that hopefully doesn't contain the scent.

***Update: Although the free and clear version is still scent free, ALL did just come out with a new version called ALL Fresh & Sensitive (click the link for a review from Taylor) which is still dye free, but does have a scent. I personally didn't like it, because I don't like the scent! ***End Update

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Used It For Years But Lately Causing Allergy Problems

by Greg
(Tampa)

Greg shared his recent experiences with this variety of the detergent.

Greg says:

Free & Clear has worked for a couple years, but now it seems to be causing problems.

We have begun using less and using the extra rinse cycle.

We also now use a front loading machine which I believe does not rinse as well as the top loading machines.

Taylor says:

Sorry to hear you are beginning to have some allergy problems from this detergent, whereas in the past that did not seem to be the case.

I am currently unaware of any changes to the formula, but I would be interested in hearing from other long time users of this variety, sharing if you've noticed any changes lately to it as well.

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Causes Red & Itchy Hives For Me

by Shannon
(Kutztown, Pa)

I started using All free and clear a couple of days ago and started breaking out in hives all over my body!

Started just on arms but by nighttime was everywhere!

Went away overnight after I took an allergy pill but returned again about 12 hours after the pill.

Now I even have it on my face.

I have never had a reaction to any laundry detergent, even stronger scented and dyed ones like Tide yet here is supposedly an allergy friendly laundry detergent and it is causing me fear, itchiness and worry!

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Caused Contact Dermatitis When Formula Changed

SR101 Reader 1 says:

I used this product for years and somehow it has changed.

My husband started with contact dermatitis and it blew up into something very serious.

I would not recommend All to anyone, even free and clear since that is what I was using.

My husband had to take steroids to calm things down.

I have switched to 7th generation and he is getting better. Beware!

SR101 Reader 2 says:

I've used this product for several years with no problem. But with my last two bottles I did notice a stronger scent.

Lo and behold, I am experiencing a very bad case of contact dermatitis - and the only thing we can point to is the All Free & Clear.

My dermatologist said to try using less of the product, and doing a double rinse cycle. But that did not work, so I'm now seeking a new laundry detergent.

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing what happened to you.

I would be curious though, whether you were using plain old Free & Clear or were using the Free & Clear with Oxi Active.

I've gotten lots of complaints about the hypoallergenic version with oxi additives, but I myself have not noticed a change in the original formula of the regular, non-oxi variety.

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All Free & Clear Faded My Clothes

by Tae
(Symrna, Ga)

Tae shared this quick review with me of this detergent.

Tae says:

The product is great on stains and for people with sensitive skin.

However, after using this product twice my clothes looked very worn and began to look fuzzy. Brand new clothes (Arden B. ) looked like I had them for years!

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing your experience with me Tae.

As I mentioned in my review above, others have shared they thought all had been rough on their clothing, as you mentioned. I did not notice it myself, but obviously your experience is not alone.

I'd love to hear from even more people telling me if they think this product fades their clothes quickly as well! You can share your thoughts here.

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All Free & Clear Laundry Detergent Is All Around Wonderful!

by Anne
(Ma.)

Anne says:

I have suffered from a variety of allergies since I was a small child: seasonal, food, scent, contact etc.

All Free and Clear has been a godsend. I was happy that it was dye and scent free, but its real value became clear when I was hospitalized a few years ago and developed a raging case of allergic dermatitis, particularly on my back.

It was caused primarily by the laundering process used to ensure germ-free bedding coupled with the fact that the waterproof covering on the hospital mattress caused a combination of heat and moisture. When the rubbing and scratching eventually caused broken skin, we decided that I needed hypo-allergenic sheets.

Taking no chances, my next hospitalization saw me trucking my own sheets with me and the hospital generously gave me a dozen new johnnies several weeks before my scheduled admission which I washed in All F&C.

I looked lake a homeless person while I waited to be admitted but I did not have a minute of discomfort in either the hospital or rehab facility.

I have found that ALL F&C cleans very well in cold water. I occasionally do a pre-soak to freshen whites in Oxiclean and have had no adverse reaction. As an extra precaution one could use the rinse cycle before running the wash.

I suspect most people who cope with skin sensitivity do this as a matter of course, but ALWAYS wash any garments which will touch your skin before a first wearing. Many fabrics, especially cotton, contain sizing which can cause an allergic dermatitis.

All Free and Clear is my choice, and I'm sticking to it!

Taylor says:

Thanks Anne for sharing your review and experiences with this laundry detergent with me.

I am actually using this exact detergent right now with my whole family's wash, since I like to try out various detergents for review on this site.

I will post a full review later, but I have liked it very well so far, and my sensitive skin, and that of my children, has not been adversely affected.

Does anyone else use this, or another hypoallergenic laundry detergent that is their favorite? I would love for more people to share their reviews, especially about scent and dye free products, since when you need one a scented variety just won't do. You can share your laundry detergent review here.

***Update - I have now received several reviews about the free and clear version of All Oxi Active, saying that it caused an allergic reaction.

There is obviously some difference in formula between the regular version of All Free & Clear, which comes in regular liquid, small and mighty and powder, and then the Oxi Active version. Just wanted people to know this because I am, based on these reviews, recommending the original formula only for those with sensitive skin.***

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Comments for All Free & Clear Laundry Detergent Is All Around Wonderful!

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Good Choice For Us
by: Mary

This is the only detergent that my family uses to keep from breaking out in rashes. We have a lot of sensitive skin around this house and I have tried other detergents only to return to ALL.

face rash
by: Anonymous

I never had any problems with the All free and clear. Then all I could find is the one with Stain lifter. The stain lifter formula has a stronger scent.

I have tried to figure out what was making me itch on my back and also my face. I have changed soaps, shampoos, stopped eating different foods, etc.

My face became inflamed today after I placed some items in the laundry. I had been careful for a couple of weeks to watch what I ate or drank or touched to see if anything in particular was causing me discomfort.

Well I poured the detergent in the tray and went off to exercise. I noticed that my face was inflamed again. I think it is the detergent.

All free and clear mighty pacs
by: Bernadette

The liquid in the mighty pacs have always been clear but the last two bags I've bought were a yellow liquid. Has it changed or is there something wrong?

response re yellow color of mighty pacs
by: Taylor

Bernadette, you are definitely not the first person to notice this change. I have more information about this issue on the All Mighty Pacs page here.

Wits End
by: Itchy Grammy

Since using the pods both my husband and I have broken out in hives and itch whereever our clothing touches us the most. Thought we had bedbugs and spent over $200 and two days debugging our home. But discovered it's the bloody detergent. "Free and Clear" is not free and clear. Tried to return to bottled liquid; no difference. This is horrid.

something has changed
by: Vicky

I have used All free & clear laundry detergent for over 6 years and never had any problems until this June...tiny painful blisters. Is anyone else having this problem after using it for years? Have they changed the ingredients?

10 years experience
by: Anonymous

I've used All Free and Clear laundry soap for 10 years. It is the only laundry product that does not bring on hives, sneezing, itching etc. Several other brands that are "Free" don't work for me. Our family is riddled with all sorts of allergies so this is a very old subject for us but we are so glad to see this informative site! Actually an allergist recommended this as the best of the detergents and that's how we discovered it. We also use free softener if we use any at all and we also wash laundry without soap sometimes just to get rid of the residue.

Formulation changed, now very irritating
by: Anonymous

I've been using ALL free and clear for years and it was always reliably hypoallergenic. But the last time I bought a huge bottle I opened it up and my eyes started to tear up immediately and feel sneezy. The kind I got this time is called "all with stainlifters plus+ with added whitening power free (of perfumes) clear (of dyes)." I couldn't find the old kind in the store.

Allergic reaction too
by: Stanley

I've been using All Free and Clear (not with Oxy), which isn't supposed to have anything in it, and as soon as I put on a t-shirt 20 washed, my skin itches. I thought I had become allergic to cotton! I switched to Era and 95% of the itching is gone. There still is a little, so the jury's still out.

Dermatologist recommended All Free & Clear Liquid Laundry Detergent
by: Grandmaevey2004

I'm in my mid sixties and never had detergent allergy problems until recently. I bought new Tide Pods and after washing my clothes with one I immediately broke out. Dermatologist recommended All Free & Clear Liquid Laundry Detergent. I've been using for a year now and no more rash. I like the idea of pods but am a bit hesitant to try.

We live in an area with extremely soft water and the clothes come out clean. We don't have children in the home anymore so don't have a lot of stains to try to get out. I do put bleach in the batch with hubbies white socks and underwear, then a batch of his clothes before I wash mine. We have an HE machine. Hope this helps.

The original version is the BEST free/clear/hypoallergenic products I have used
by: Sherry

By far this has been the BEST of all the free/clear/hypoallergenic products I have used. In the past, before this type of product and I still had family at home. I would wash my clothes separately with smaller than recommended amount of detergent, then do 2 or 3 rinses. I have used this type of product since they first started coming out.

Even during my most "allergic" times using All has not made it worse as others are apt to do. I did try the All Free and Clear with Oxi but immediately had breathing problems when I used it on my bedding. With my clothes I noticed some discomfort, sneezing, itching. But the bedding caused swelling of eyes, fingers, clogged sinuses etc. Hopefully they can fix that problem.

We are in an area with extreme "hard" water. It seems to work very well in this water. I now have a front loader and am very pleased with the outcome. I have not tried the free and clear pacs yet. Hate to take the chance. I am always giving away laundry detergent when I think I should try something new.

break out
by: Anonymous

I think they changed their formula. After using them for many years i broke out in a bad case of eczema on my elbow and arm. Switched to Arm & Hammer.

Need help
by: Sandy

My Mother, age 92, has used All Free & Clear for years, but a couple weeks ago, she had an allergic skin reaction to it. She rinsed her clothes 2 times and has had no problem since.

We're looking for a different hypoallergenic laundry detergent for her. Years ago she used Shaklee detergent, which was wonderful for her skin. I don't know if Shaklee still makes a hypoallergenic product or not. I called a number from the internet that was supposed to be a Shaklee Distributor number in our area, but we haven't gotten a call back.

Any help out there?

Great for me
by: Lisa

If you like the All Free Clear Liquid you should try the 40 load powder version which contains enzymes. It is terrific at removing stains and is gentle on sensitive skin. It works really well as a presoak for my uniforms. It is not sold in many stores, but Walmart does carry it. I also use Shout Free pre-treater which is effective on all kinds of stains and does not aggravate any family members skin. After trying many products these two work the best for me.

I've used for a decade.
by: Charley

In a front load washer with one extra rinse it worked great using 1/2 the recommended dose. In my new front loader, it works good with two extra rinses and 1/4 the recommended dose. I've also tried Tide Free and Gentle and Cheer Free and Clear. Neither cleans body oils/sweat as well as All Free and Clear. The Tide also made me itch (even using 1/4 dose and 2 extra rinses). I'd like to try Percil Sensitive Skin, and maybe Kirkland Free and Clear, just to compare. For dryer sheets, I prefer All Free and Clear dryer sheets.

My experiences
by: Anonymous

1st with the liquid All Free & Clear I was having lots of fading while using it. I finally determined that when I added it to the dispenser of my Whirlpool Front Loader Duet that the detergent must have landed on some of my clothes in a very concentrated form. I decided to dilute the amount I was using by putting it into a measuring cup first and adding water prior to pouring it into the dispenser. This seemed to correct the fading situation. We moved and bought new Duet Front loading machines and I started using the Might pacs. Occasionally I would find that slimy deposit on some of my clothes from an undissolved pac. I would have to clean it off the item and then try to decode whether to rewash or just rinse off where the gel had stuck.
Today I looked into the fold of the "Boot" that is at front of the washer and to my horror I found a clump of undissolved gelatinous goo. It took several paper towels to remove all of that and I have no idea how long it had been there. I did wash a load of black items on "cold" this weekend and that may have resulted in this undissolved mess, but I do not know for sure.

Bleach spots on my clothes
by: Anonymous

I have used All free and clear now for about 15 years. I've noticed that I have big spots on my towels that appear to be bleached out. Never really thought much about it, they are just towels. But I recently bought my son a new Underarmour shirt, washed it, and now it's completely ruined. Bleach spots all over the shirt. I also have to rinse my clothes 2 times to make sure all the soap is out. I think it's time to switch to something new.

allergic reaction for only me in my household
by: Grace Truitt

I thought I would try this brand, you know free & clean better for you etc etc. First time I used it I itched so bad my skin was raw so the others in the house had no problems with it so they used it & I brought the regular All.

used it for years, but now allergic to it
by: Charley

This detergent has worked well for me for many years with no allergies, but now I've become allergic to it.

I'm going to try Tide Free and Gentle and/or Kirkland Free and Clear for my next detergent.

I think anyone can be allergic to any detergent, even scent free detergents. I think each of us must find one that works for us, and be aware that even if it works for years, later on you can become allergic to it.

Possibly the best idea might to be to find a few that work for me, and then alternate which I use each week, to avoid becoming allergic.

All had decent cleaning ability, but nothing special. I'm hoping Tide or Kirkland will have superior cleaning abilities. I suspect they might clean better than All based on what I've read on Consumer Reports, but based on what I've read of user reviews I'm worried they might cause me allergies.

I may as well give them a try since All is no longer good for me now that I've become allergic to it.

Causes itchy skin
by: Matt

I have use All Free & Clear for over 10 years without issue until recently. I know from experience using non-"free and clear" products that my skin is sensitive to some chemicals. I assume it is due to dyes or perfumes because once I switched to this product, I had no issues.

That is, until recently. At first I thought I had some sort of infection causing my itchy skin at night, perhaps mites or a bug. I didn't think it was my detergent because I hadn't changed it for years and only had problems with regular detergents with dyes and perfumes. I even tried a couple different detergents just in case (Dreft and Target's Up and Up Free & Clear), and had the same itchy skin. No rash. No bites. No hives. No flakes. Just itchy and not dry. I've excessively moisturized my skin and still the same itchy condition.

I am convinced it is all of these detergents. I went to a local eco-laundromat (dryer broke down) and they give out complementary detergent with each wash. The detergent they provide is only Nellie's. For two weeks I was itch-free at night, and only somewhat itchy I think due to going through previous clothes cleaned at home with "Free and Clear." The Nellie's made my sheets so soft and comfortable and not itchy.

After several months of attempting to diagnose the cause of my itchy skin, numerous lotions, prescriptions, skin treatments, baths, oils, soaps, and detergents... I am convinced it has been detergent all along. "Free and Clear" is a sham. All must have changed their formula, Dreft has a very potent perfume, and Up and Up I thin is the same as All. I'm switching to Nellie's permanently. My friendly laundromat will even refill the tin canister once I buy it, to prevent waste and also to save money.

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