Loved Downy Unstopables Lush Scent But Caused Daughter To Get Rash

Taylor's introduction:

What follows below are lots of submissions I've received from readers who've all experienced an allergic reaction to Downy Unstopables (or their loved one has).


I've got my own personal theory of why this product seems to be causing such severe reactions for some people -- the product is designed to produce a VERY intense scent. (I'm not singling out this product for vilification either - I've gotten similar reports for lots of other laundry products too, especially laundry scent boosters from many brands.)

Since scent is one of the major triggers of allergies, especially when that product then comes into close and prolonged contact with the skin, like laundry products do, when you purposefully do it you're creating a recipe for disaster for those amongst the population who suffer from laundry detergent allergies, which actually aren't caused by just detergents but any laundry supplies containing allergens.

Now, don't get me wrong, I've also received lots of reviews from readers who LOVE this product, and as long as it doesn't bother your family's allergies, go ahead and use it.

However, I would caution that many of the stories below are from people who had NO IDEA they or a family member had allergies to products such as this, so don't assume because there hasn't been a problem in the past that you're immune now.

Plus, consider guests to your home, who may have allergies or sensitivities to certain smells who may have a major medical incident if you washed their guest sheets with this scented product, for example!

***Update - this page got way too long, because I've received so many submissions. Therefore, I've also got a second page of experiences from readers sharing how this product caused hives and rashes for them.***

Now, without further ado, here are the submissions I've received from readers, telling their experiences with this laundry scent booster that should serve as a caution to others to at least think about it, before using this product.

The first of these is from an SR101 reader who shared her opinion of the "Lush scent" of Downy Unstopables (which is a lavender smell).

SR101 Reader says:

I found this at Walmart and tried it on a whim. I really liked the lavender scent and when it ran out I got more.

Unfortunately, I finally figured out that it was causing a body rash on my daughter. She isn't prone to skin rashes from products (in fact this was the first time ever) so perhaps there is something in it that is more irritating that the usual laundry products.

Anyway, I'm disappointed because I really did like the smell.

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing your experience. Unfortunately, this is not the first time I've heard this product causes an allergic reaction.

Frankly, I'm not very surprised, mainly because the product is touted as a way to add a LOT of smell and scent to clothing. The more scent added the more likely even those not normally prone to allergic reactions will react adversely, especially since the scent is right next to the skin, which can be very sensitive.

Therefore, I suggest using all such scent adding products, especially those that will be used as part of your laundry supplies, to be used with caution until you determine whether all your family members can handle it.


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Downy Unstopables Should Be Illegal

by SR101 Reader

I received this comment from a SR101 reader who has a definite opinion about Downy Unstopables.

SR101 Reader says:

We are above the laundry room in our building. One of our neighbors has unfortunately started using this product.

Every time they do the laundry the stench is overpowering and nauseating for a day or two afterwards, and causes everyone to have eye and sinus irritation.

We know it is the Unstopables because the wrappers are always on top of the garbage in the laundry when it happens.

The building owner already had the laundry room vented into the garage so it shouldn't be coming through apartment windows, but when Unstopables are used, it is still overpowering in the apartments.

Taylor says:

So sorry to hear that your neighbor's actions are causing you such problems, especially since he or she probably has not considered this possibility at all and most likely has no idea it's bothering you so much.

It reminds me of my mother, who is quite allergic to many things. Whenever a woman in church would come in and sit down in a pew close to her who had lots of perfume on my mom would have to get up and move away, or she would have such a bad allergic reaction she would be sick for several days. These little old ladies had no idea they were causing problems for others, but it was a problem just the same.

Unfortunately for you, you can't just move to a different church pew like my Mom could. I don't have any great suggestions for you because I have found that people who don't suffer from allergies don't seem to understand how badly various strong scents can effect people that have those allergies.

Perhaps you could nicely show your neighbor this web page, where I've gathered not only your review but many others where people across the country have been reporting allergic reactions to Downy Unstopables.

If you've used this product I would love to hear a review from you, good or bad. You can share your review here, or read other reviews that have already been submitted, along with my information about the product.

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I Eventually Added So Much Lush Scent I Broke Out In Hives

by SR101 Reader

A SR101 Reader shared this experience with this laundry scent booster with me.

SR101 Reader says:

I used this product--Unstopables--for about two weeks or so, and I loved the scent.

I kept using more and more with every load of wash, and today, I broke out into hives all over my body, and only in the places that come in contact with clothing (I still have them now, and it's been over 12 hours).

I don't usually react this way to laundry detergent products (even though I have fairly sensitive skin), but it's the only thing in my diet/routine that has changed.

I'm going to re-wash all of my clothes and hope the hives go away!

I recommend that those with skin sensitivities be careful with this product, and if you do use it, make sure you don't overdo it.

Taylor says:

Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

I think you bring up a good point. The way this product is advertised it says you can use as much as you want, and that the more you use the more intense the smell.

I think this really encourages people to overdo it to the point that even those who normally don't have allergies to lots of scents experience a severe reaction.

In my personal opinion they should change their advertising and give a maximum amount that should be used per load, so that people don't feel like they can use even more and almost guarantee themselves or a person around them misery from too much perfume!

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Stay Away From Downy Unstopables: I Wish I Had

by SR101 Reader

SR101 Reader says:

I am a stay at home mom of three, and I was looking for a way to "Boost" the smell of my kids clothes.

I used this product for two weeks and my daughter woke up with a severe allergic reaction, with hives all over her from head to toe.

I wish I would have reviewed this product before using it for my family.

Taylor says:

I hope your daughter feels better soon, and sorry she had to go through this.

Hopefully your warning will help others avoid this same problem who are sensitive to scent.

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Shimmer Scent Broke Me Out In Itchy Hives

by SR101 Reader

SR101 Reader says:

I used the teensiest bit of the Shimmer scent in two loads of laundry yesterday.

I put on a sweatshirt straight out of the dryer, and after about an hour noticed some itchy bumps on my hands.

I didn't think much of it. Then a few hours later, I had itchy bumps on my neck around the collar of the sweatshirt.

I showed my Mom, but we figured it was just our cats.

A few hours after that, they showed up on my back.

At this point I realized that only areas that were touching the newly laundered sweatshirt were being affected.

I took it off and sent both loads through the wash again, sans UnStopables.

I woke up at 5:00 AM with my arms totally covered as well as my neck and lower back, and a couple on my face, and they itched like crazy!

Since changing my clothes, they haven't spread, but they aren't exactly going away.

I took Benadryl and applied hydrocortisone cream but it's really hard to stop itching.

Stay away from this product! Even if you aren't noticably affected by it, it's clearly not something you should have near your skin all day long.

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Someone Else Using This In Gym Clothes Caused A Reaction In Me!

by SR101 Reader

I attend spin class 3/wk and kept smelling a horrible scent in my class.

It was so bad that my nose ran and eyes watered.

I thought that the woman next to me was wearing perfume.

I could not imagine anyone using perfume before exercising, so I finally asked her if she was wearing perfume.

Of course, she said that she would not wear perfume, but after we discussed it further she said that she had been using Downy Unstoppables.

The smell of this product, especially in a crowded spin class, is overwhelming and should be banned from clothes used in the gym.

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My 1.5 Year Old Son Also Broke Out In Hives All Over

by Chris

My 1.5 year old son soiled himself so we decided to give him a bath. After pulling him out of the water we used a fresh towel that just came out of the wash.

This towel came from a load that my wife used a free sample of the Unstoppables, and we have regretted it ever since.

My son broke out all over, we didn't know what was going on so we took him to the ER right away. The doctor asked if there was anything that has recently changed in our home, and Unstoppables was it.

I myself noticed that when putting on an undershirt that had Unstoppables it made me itchy as well, but no rash like my son.

We ended up taking whatever we could find that was in the Unstoppables wash load and re-washed everything with just our regular detergent.

This product is garbage and should be pulled from the shelves.

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Lush Scent Caused My Daughter's Eyes To Almost Swell Shut

by Angela
(Lafayette, LA)

After very limited use I noticed my healthy 13 year old daughter start sniffling and after a couple of days her eyes were almost swollen shut.

I immediately took her to the doctor and she was put on Zyrtec and steriod eye drops.

It was then that I realized the only thing different I had used was the Downy Unstopables.

I had her put clothing on that hadn't been washed in the product and she was fine and then when she went to put something on that had been washed in it, she immediately started reacting.

That was several weeks ago and unfortunately she is still forced to take meds.

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Sore Throat, Sneezing And Itchy Nose Because Of Unstopables

by SR101 Reader

An SR101 Reader wrote in sharing a slightly different allergic reaction to this product that many others.

SR101 Reader says:

After using the Downy Unstopables I woke up with a mild sore throat, nasal irritation and sneezing and I thought I was coming down with a cold.

The sore throat got worse each morning, but went away during the day.

By day three, the sore throat was worse (a moderate sore throat) and my nose was very itchy.

This wasn't progressing like a normal cold and I kept getting better throughout the day.

Then I figured out, my pajamas had been washed with the Unstopables. I hadn't worn anything else which had been washed in it. I had put a full capful into the wash and my pajamas smelled really strongly.... And I was breathing it in all night long.

Everyone else seems to be having a skin reaction, but I had none. Did anyone else have the sore throat, sneezing, and itchy nose from these?

Taylor says:

Sorry the product made you feel so bad.

I would also love to hear the answer to your question from other readers. So, what allergic reaction symptoms have you experienced when using this product, if any?

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Using The Gold Scent (Called Glow) Was A Huge Mistake & Ruined Holidays

by Yet Another Victim

Two nights ago I started breaking out in a terrible rash, which is now all over my body and face.

Never have I been this miserable.

It is Thanksgiving and I had to meet my boyfriend's grandma for the first time today, with my face looking like something out of a horror story.

I was using the pink Unstopables for a while with no symptoms, but I recently bought the gold ones and washed my sheets with them. HUGE MISTAKE!

I am supposed to be going to CA for a holiday party in two weeks and I am so worried that my face is still going to have scars on it from the rash.

I think I am going to look into a class action suit over this, as it is NOT OKAY. Who's with me?

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I've Had Problems With Coughing And Mucus Because Of This Product

by Joann

Joann shared these possible allergic reaction symptoms when using this product.

Joann says:

Has anybody had problems with coughing due to this product?

I have always had allergies, but have noticed that when I go to bed at night I immediately get a congested chest and start coughing, with clean mucus.

It just hit me that this could be due to Unstopables. I'm going to wash all bedding today and see if it makes a difference.

Taylor says:

Joann, I hope you feel better soon, and that stopping use of this product will help make you feel better.

Another reader, above, also mentioned nose and throat problems when using this problem, so that is most likely another common type of symptom to this product, and not just skin rashes and hives.

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Spring Scent Caused Red Raised Pustules On Child's Face

by Jo

Started using Downy Spring a week ago when I washed the bedding. By the next day, after sleeping on the bedding, my son had small raised pustules on his face, where his face had been on the freshly washed/with Spring scent booster pillow case all night.

Took me a week to figure out what was going on.

By the evening the pustules would be close to vanishing and by the next morning they would be back.

His teacher thought he had impetigo/or Foot and Mouth disease.

I had to get a doctors note that said he was not contagious. (He had no other symptoms of these diseases and the pustules were not draining or getting worse).

Washed all his sheets/bedding on hot washes, with double rinses to clear out the Downy Spring. Using hydrocortisone/cortisone cream on his face to clear up the rest of the pustules.

Previous to this used Downy Lush with no bad reactions.

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My Granddaughter Had An Allergic Reaction As Well!

by Debbie

Debbie says:

My 7 year old granddaughter is also allergic to this product, and has been scratching and broken out in a rash since I began using it.

I realized that it was this and went to the computer to see if anyone else had the same problem, and found this page.

I do not know what is in it to cause the rash but unfortunately I will have to stop using it.

What is weird is I have an auto-immune disease and I have a VERY sensitive nose to odors and the first time I used this I thought that the smell was awful, and the first thought that came to mind was to try the other scent.

So I got out my coupon and was getting ready to go get some. Then I thought, maybe I will try it again. So I did and I liked it the second time.

Now I am half a bottle through the stuff and realizing that we have an allergy in the house.

Maybe when she is older we will have better luck.

Taylor says:

Hope your granddaughter feels better soon Debbie!

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Free Sample = Week Long Rash

by SR101 Reader

I received a free sample of this scent. The scent was very strong, but I figured it would dissipate in the wash water.

The next day I wore clothes from the load washed with the Downey and that afternoon I had large itchy welts covering my entire body. Benedryl has helped some, but it continues to resurface on my entire body and is driving me crazy.

I used Downey once when I was in my late teens. I broke out in a rash over my entire body. That was well over 25 years ago, and I thought, well surely the product has changed, or the rash was possibly a fluke. Guess not, as I am itching uncontrollably as I am typing this comment.

I have used Bounce exclusively except for a one-time purchase of our local grocery store brand fabric softener and never had an issue.

Not sure what is in the Downey, but I will never try it again. Lesson learned.

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Free Sample Gave My Son Eczema

by Jenny
(Victoria, BC, Canada)

I used this free sample on two loads of laundry.

My son who was about 16 months old developed eczema immediately.

He still suffers from it occasionally (although it is becoming less often) even though he is now 20 months and it has been 4 months since we used the product!

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Strong Allergy Reaction To This In Wash Scent Booster

by Harvey
(Southern California)

Harvey shared his experience with this in wash scent booster.

Harvey says:

This is the first time that this ever happened to me, actually last night. I woke up in the middle of the night and was itching all over and saw myself in the mirror with a ton of red marks (looked like maps of red color embossed skin rashes) all over my arms, shoulder, torso and legs.

I thought some sort of invisible bug has bitten me all over. I took a shower and applied Hydrocortisone cream to all the red itchy spots and I took one pill of antihistamine.

I thought about what was different that day. Was it something I ate or maybe flea bites from my dogs? And then I remembered that I just bought a new comforter and washed it with my regular laundry detergent with a cup of Downy Unstopables (for extra freshness!!)

I had been using this product for about 3 months, but mainly with loads that require an extra boost of freshness (gym related stuff). And as you all know Downy is great with that.

Needless to say I tossed the comforter aside and the sheets were replaced. The good news is that I woke up with no more symptoms, not a single trace.

Today I washed the comforter to rinse out any residue of Downy and I noticed, after handling the comforter from the washer to the dryer, yet again I had red marks on my hands. I guess I do have an allergic reaction to this product. Too bad because I love using it.

Taylor says:

Harvey, it does sound like you had an allergic reaction to something, and based on your experience of touching the comforter again and again getting a reaction I think you're right to assume it has something to do with that.

I'm not quite sure it was the Downy Unstopables you had the reaction to yet though, although that is a definite possibility. The only reason I say this is because you had used this product previously, granted only on certain products, but without an allergic reaction.

I would wash the comforter several times with hot water and extra detergent to remove any residue from the Downy Unstoppables and then try using the comforter again. See if you still have issues, or if it seems to be better.

downy unstoppables causes rashes and hives
Unfortunately, sometimes figuring out what you're allergic to is a process of trial and error, and it is better to avoid stuff that can cause allergic reactions if you're especially prone. I would say, because of the high amount of scent in this product, this would be one to avoid if you're unable to pinpoint the exact problem, just to be on the safe side.

You are obviously not the first person to tell me about such reactions to this product. I've actually gotten so many I had to create a second page of complaints about rashes and hives from this stuff. Click the link if you'd like to see even more!

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Horrid rash
by: Anonymous

I love the smell of fresh laundered clothing. The Shimmer Scent smells amazing but after washing my bed sheets and adding this product to the load, my skin is a mess! I have small red pimply blotches all over my body. It's gross and very painful. I normally am not sensitive to products but this caused an unbearable rash. Don't use this. It's bad!!!

Reaction
by: Anonymous

I bought this product approximately 10 days ago and still have welts, rash and severe itching. I guess I'll wash all clothes. Terrible experience. I have never before had sensitive skin or reactions.

Welts at the ER
by: Anonymous

I'm experiencing the exact same thing. I'm currently at the emergency room being treated for severe itching and enormous welts and extreme lip swelling!! I'm not prone to reactions much either and I'm amazed what this has done. Very depressed.

From Smelling Good to Itching Horribly
by: Anonymous

My mom always did my laundry and never used anything other than detergent, softener, or dryer sheets.

Now that I am in college I decided to try the Downy Unstoppables just as curiosity.

A friend was also using this product and said it worked well for her.

After three weeks I broke out into an allergic reaction. I have never had allergies or anything of that sort so I was getting worried, until I put the puzzle pieces together after looking at this website.

I should have been smarter and researched the product. Nothing else I can do but to stop using it. It smells really nice but they should research ways to make it hypoallergenic or something.

Finally itching went away
by: Judy

I broke out in hives, itched to the point that I developed bruises from scratching, got prescription from my Dr. for topical anti-itch cream, which did not do any good.

Every hour I had to stand over the sink and douse my arms, hands, in calamine lotion.

After eliminating everything I could think of that might be causing this I finally redid all of my bed linens without Downy Unstopables and the itching went away.

my dog is allergic
by: Virginia

I became physically sick the first time using it and so did my dog.

severe rash
by: Anonymous

Do not use this product. I broke out in a severe rash that was red, raised and very itchy. I don't have sensitive skin and this still happened after using the product for several months. The rash appeared on areas of my body in close contact to my clothes and seemed to happen in the morning when I awoke. I thought it was bug bites so washed all the sheets in this product and next morning woke up with even more welts. It has been more then 24 hours and rash still there.

Miserable
by: Vanessacc

My dog, myself and fiancé have been miserable with itching the past few weeks and it just hit me that it's this. I need to wash my sheets, comforter and all our clothes again a few times to get it out. I put on some clothes that were not washed using the Unstopables and my severe itching FINALLY stopped. I'm glad I finally figured it out and reading all these comments verifies my conclusions.

this product may be killing my cat
by: Mary

My 8 year old cat became very ill with a respiratory problem. I couldn't figure out why. It finally came down to the Downy. As soon as I put on a freshly laundered housecoat she started to sneeze. I also noticed that I had an itchy spot on my side. I ignored my issues because my cat was so ill. About three days later and $300 in vet bills I went to look at the area where I was having itching problems. My entire side was purple and broken out. The only thing that I have done differently is start using the Downy Unstopables. It has to be that. BTW, my cat is still ill and has another vet appointment tomorrow. She had been sleeping in a room where I air dry my clothes. I hope she doesn't die.

Mine reaction is like this too, it caused sneezing and coughing
by: Anonymous

I get the exact same thing, in that I am having an airborne reaction, not one from touching the product. I get it from many other P&G products as well, such as Dawn and Mr. Clean. I at first thought it was a cold, and that the reason I got sick every time I cleaned was from the dust. But when I switched to vinegar, I stopped getting sick from cleaning. Not to mention while I was using Dawn my face was perpetually swollen and people would yell at me 24/7 for being unhappy because I was not smiling, despite the fact that I couldn't move my facial muscles properly, but I didn't know the cause at the time.

All of a sudden reaction?
by: Anonymous

I recently bought Downy Unstopables for myself. I visited my cousin and she always uses them so, when it came time for me to travel back home my cousin washed my clothes with the fresh Unstopables and Tide. I loved how they made my clothes smell. A few weeks after I returned home I bought the Unstopables. Now I used them with ALL laundry detergent. Now my skin is itchy and is getting red. It is the fresh type. I did rewear all my clothes she washed with no itchiness and reddening of the skin. I have no idea why this product is affecting me differently. Maybe it is the detergent? Or simply I added too much (a cap and a 1/4). I'm going to try rewashing the batch of laundry in a different detergent and use less Unstopables.

Miserable with rash and itching
by: Anonymous

Let me join the chorus of those who've developed rashes and severe itching from Unstopables. I've been miserable since beginning use of this product and have thrown it out and begun warning others. This can be dangerous stuff! Shame on you Procter and Gamble.

My son got hives as well
by: Anonymous

My 2 year old son broke out in hives so bad that we had to see the allergist. Adding these beads was the only change we had in our household. He was so miserable. He would lay on me at night and whimper, "Mommy, I want you to rub my back and scratch it." He could barely sleep. If there were a way to post a pic of his hives, you could see why he was so miserable. :(

Extreme nausea
by: Nikki Guertin

I tried the purple Downy Unstoppables and ended up insanely nauseous. I thought maybe it was something else, so through trial and error I decided maybe it was this, or that. In theory, the Unstoppables is a great idea. I have a friend who uses them in her Scentsy burner and to freshen her garbage disposal. The SECOND I tried it in the disposal and turned it on, I was sick. I put it in the scentsy burner and right as I walked in the room where it was, I was sick. I finally threw the entire burner away and stopped using the product entirely and have been fine. Every time I think about the smell of the product, my stomach turns. Literally, as I'm typing this my stomach is uneasy and my nose is burning, lol.

wish I hadn't gotten that sample in the mail
by: Bambi

I remember getting a sample in the mail. Thought they smelled very strong so I only used 1/4 of the recommended amount. My daughter had bad hives all over her body for a week. I normally use soap nuts as a laundry detergent so should have known that anything stronger would have had negative effects. Now I stick with those and my laundry doesn't smell.....in fact my clothes cone out smelling like nothing. I like it.

asthma attack waiting to happen
by: Gabrielle

Asthma attack waiting to happen. I can't even sit next to, or hug anyone wearing clothes tumbled in most detergents, not to mention these. Dangerous to one's health.

Caused Dog to have an Allergic Reaction
by: Gina

I love this product! However, after spending hundreds of dollars at the Vet...I find my furry family is severely allergic to it. I laundered their pet beds with it and it caused a nasty rash!

Cough, Mucus, and a severe Strep Throat
by: Anonymous

This not only caused all the symptoms that I listed on the title, it also meant a trip to my doctor's office, leaving me a whole week in bed, taking antibiotics and missing very important meetings. My advice to Downy...take it off the market. GRRRRRRRRRRRR!

UK has same problem
by: Anonymous

Here in the UK this product is called Lenor Unstoppables. I believe it's the same company, identical packaging and product. I tried it in a wash and have had hives ever since even though I stopped use after one wash.

Instead of smelling the roses I smell DOWNY. Very discouraging.
by: Anonymous

I walk out my door and smell the Downy Unstoppable booster scent and believe me it is strong, and I cannot stay outside very long. So what are the effects environmentally? This is from the drying with the vent outside facing me. It is the smell left in the clothes. Amazing how strong that is. I think there is something really bad about this.

my lips peeled
by: Anonymous

Tried this product. Loved the scent until my lips began to peel and my eyes were constantly itchy and bloodshot. I know my reaction was to this product as it was the only thing I changed in my life's routine. I rewashed everything without it after throwing out and re buying all my makeup and facial products. My lips are getting better and I can see through clear eyes.

Bought this, I like smell but...
by: Anonymous

About a week after using it I noticed I was having an issue swallowing. After a week of this I went to my PCP and she said it was globus sensation. The next day it was gone. I didn't put it in my laundry for about a week and the throat feeling didn't come back. But I didn't not use it on purpose, I just forgot. Sure enough I did laundry yesterday and used it again and here I am with the same lump in my throat feeling. I won't be using it any more.

Toddler hive reaction
by: Anonymous

I bought a package of detergent and at about the same time my son started breaking out in awful giant welts, especially around the waistline. I honestly didn't associate it with the Unstopables, he had just gotten a respiratory infection and I have read it could cause hives. We went to the doctors and he was on three different medications. I stopped using the Unstopables and his welts went away. Finally drew the association. I had no idea there were so many others having allergic reactions to this product, it's really terrible.

smells nice but irritates the skin
by: KD

My brother's gf bought some of the Purple and Blue Downy scent boosters. I thought they were great. Omg, it caused eczema outbreaks on my nipples and my arms itch like crazy. I scratch so much that my arms feel as though they are on fire. I decided to try the Bounce and Gain ones, thinking maybe it was just something in the Downy ones my skin didn't agree with. Same thing, irritated skin. I don't think it's causing me to sneeze but could. I'm rewashing all my stuff today.

Caused my husband reaction in an intimate area.
by: Anonymous

I bought these on sale recently and within a week my husband started having issues in his nether regions. It got so bad that he had to visit the doctor. The doctor immediately said it was an STD, but neither of us had been unfaithful. Talk about several awkward days. After a very awkward test that came back with negative results and an "oh, my bad" apology from the doctor (who we will NEVER go back to again), he ruled it an "allergic reaction" and this was the only new thing in our mix. We removed it, symptoms vanished. Will never use them again!!!

Product should be banned
by: Anonymous

My daughter uses this product and I can no longer be in the same room with her. I literally had such severe reactions to her clothing that I had numerous sinus infections before we uncovered the culprit. Now, she literally has to change into "safe, unscented" clothing that I keep here for her at my home, before we can be together. Product is literally toxic to some people!

Downy Unstoppable needs to be STOPPED!
by: Anonymous

There are so many people living with allergies, asthma, COPD, lung disorders, and even chemical sensitivities, and you may be reacting to the allergens and/or to the toxic synthetic chemicals hidden under the term 'fragrances'. Some people live with both overlapping symptoms of allergies or Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, but there is a big difference between the two. Many of these chemicals within our scented laundry products have not been tested and some even not regulated by our government. These products have a residue that intoxicates your home, workplace, and anywhere and everywhere you go, but what's worse is these products also go into your blood stream. So do your research before you stink, do harm and poison others, because there is no discrimination.

Due to products such as these, Downy Unstoppable, GAIN/FEBREZE products and others, just may be the reasons why so many places like hospitals are going scent-free and include laundry products within their policy, as its not just cologne, aftershave, shampoo, perfumes, that causing allergies or chemical sensitivities!!

Lavish scent
by: Anonymous

I too have had a bad reaction to this product. My hands are covered in hives. Also the seams of my bra have caused a bad rash which looks similar to shingles.

Sounds like an addiction
by: Anonymous

This sounds like an addiction...."I used more and more of it!". Chemicals can be addicting (that's what drugs are) and wouldn't the manufacturer be pleased as punch if EVERYONE kept using more and more? Cha-ching, cha-ching.

people!
by: Anonymous

Since when did it become ok to just "Ban" or make a product "illegal" just because some don't like the scent or that you break out from it? if it's that big of a deal don't use it or switch classes. I'm so sick of people thinking there should be a law just because they don't like it. Americans are just getting worse and worse.

Yep I am with you
by: Anonymous

I could not figure what caused my severe hives. First it was just a few, then more and more. Went to doctor 3 x and ER once so my medical bills are adding up!! Have had IV's with steroid to help hives, they were everywhere!!!! I knew it was down to either Unstoppables or shampoo. Now I know its the Downy Unstoppables!! They need warnings on the bottles!!

Same reaction
by: Anonymous

My wife started using it a few weeks ago and it was kind of OK. Last night she make the bed with a comforter that was washed adding Unstopables and let to dry in the sun. My throat was extremely itchy and I couldn't swallow or even breathe properly. Now, I can even smell this product, I feel sick right away. I have no allergies, other than to poison, and this is the first time I reacted to like this. Even exposure to tear gas during Military training didn't trigger this reaction.

Rashes
by: Anonymous

My mom recently washed my bedding, about 2 days ago with the blue downy unstoppables. I broke out in really strange places with a rash or kind of like eczema and I'm not prone to rashes. The only thing I can think of that it would be from is the downy unstoppables. I vote that they should stop using whatever chemical is in this product that's made many many people break out in rashes, or they should just stop making this product period.

Throat irritation
by: Anonymous

I was using the downey unstopables and I started to have a problem with swallowing. I felt like the food was getting stuck in my chest. I used this product on my sheets and towels. I was coughing when I went to bed. I felt like a had something/tickle in my throat and would bring up clear mucus. I loved the smell of the product but it caused me many problems. I even had to go have a scope done.

Itching hives and bruising
by: Anonymous

Unfortunately I washed all of mine and my partners clothes with it as thought the smell was amazing. And now we have rashes bruises and hives. Trying to wash it out but it's horrendous. We might just have to buy new clothes, it's taken us far too long to figure out what it was as we never have problems like that. I would advise people not to use the product at all.

Skin peeling and burning!
by: Anonymous

I'm dying! OMG, this stuff made my skin peel like I had gotten a major sunburn! Rash, itching! When will it end! I went swimming yesterday and thought I was going to die! My skin burned so bad, I cried!

Causes itching
by: Anonymous

I have been itching all over after using it in my clothes and sheets. I will no longer be using it anymore. I didn't have this problem until I caught some scent boosters on sale at Family Dollar. That's the only reason that I even tried them to begin with. I'm done though now, it's too strong for my skin. No laundry products have ever caused this reaction before so the chemicals much be way too strong.

Hives while pregnant
by: Anonymous

I've been using Fresh scent for about a month and started breaking out all over my body. I'm also 5 months pregnant. I've been taking antihistamine for 2 days and it's still on going. I'm going to try to return the bottle I just bought. Maybe this is making my dog itch too. He sleeps next to the laundry room. He's on a special allergy diet and was fine until recently.

Large rash
by: Anonymous

I bought this awhile back and fell in love with the product. I bought the lavender scent, unfortunately I broke out in a rash all over my body and it continued to spread. I had to re-wash all my clothes and toss the Unstoppables away.

Grown daughter to break out in hives
by: Sherri Hoffer

Downy unstopables caused my grown daughter to break out in hives! That's too bad, now I'm going back to dryer sheets or something else. It's all over her torso and spreading. Scary!

Thought it was the flu
by: Anonymous

Hi, I'm from Mexico, I received a free packet of Downey Unstopables so I washed my bed linens with them and at first I thought I had the flu, but then the days passed and I didn't feel better. I had symptoms like, nose congestion, headache, and eye pain. When I changed all the bed linens all my symptoms were gone!!!! Never, never, never am I going to use it again.

Makes me short of breath
by: Anonymous

I have asthma. My daughter uses Unstoppable. I let my daughter use it but told her to keep it in her room so that the lady that cleans our house would not use it on my laundry as the last time she did I had a very bad reaction. This time it was worse. The smell of it makes me short of breath. It makes my head feel like it is coming off. My daughter does not understand and is angry. She says it doesn't smell like anything. Well I can actually taste it when I smell it. This is the worse product on the market. I have no idea why anyone would want their clothes to smell like this sticky stuff. The smell is so chemical and like it is made of a petroleum product. I have read so much about it causing rashes and respiratory problem. I can not believe the FDA or the USDA haven't removed it as a health hazard.

Coughing at night
by: Tina

I had to stop using the Unstopables, as I was coughing badly at night! It started when I got into a freshly laundered bed!

So good, so bad
by: Anonymous

I LOVE this product but, unfortunately, it has taken my 3 years to realize that it was the culprit of my younger children's skin rashes and bumps. I was convinced something was biting them, but after thousands of dollars with Orkin and even a bedbug sniffing dog, I had no answers and really thought I was losing my mind! I had to do experiments on my own to find out if my wonderful smelling, clean laundry was causing this. I finally came to the conclusion that it was the only possibility, only to find that I should have looked in to this product being the problem much sooner. I would have immediately had my answer from all the others who have had the same experience. If you aren't normally allergic or sensitive and don't have kids or use it on kid's clothes its perfect. Otherwise, stay clear!

Friend's shirt made me sick
by: Anonymous

A teammate washed her jerseys in these and I was sitting next to her, I have been sick for 5 days now with sore throat, and congestion. I know it is this product and not a cold. Hoping it goes away soon.

Huge rash
by: Anonymous

I going in to rewash my sheets this morning. Covered from my forehead to ankles with an itchy rash from Downy Unstopables. I know it's this product because problem started when I used it. Should be taken off the market.

Should be taken off market
by: Paula Constable

Thank goodness for this forum. I was starting to lose hope. I live in the UK and started using Un-stoppables about three weeks ago. At the same time, I started with a common cold, or so I thought. What caused more distress was the constant itchy skin. When I put on my bath robe, furry slippers and snuggled under my fluffy blanket, my skin started to crawl. I had no sleep for 3 days, because when I climbed into bed, it would start again. But all the time I smelled lovely. My eyes ran constantly, my sinuses were so blocked, my head hurt and my chest was tight. No amount of cold remedy product helped. Even my dog and cat were scratching, having had flea's ruled out. Anyway, then the light bulb moment, and having found your site, I instantly binned this product and re-washed everything. A warm bath and plenty of skin scrubbing in product free water gave me instant relief. I have told all my friends and family not to use this product, especially on babies and children and during this, had feedback from a friend whose son had received chemical burns from this product. Please please get word out about this evil stuff. Horrific and should be stopped asap.

Horror story
by: Anonymous

Here is my Downy Unstoppable horror story!
Wanting that long-lasting smell we bought some and started to use. At first there was not a problem until I was watching TV one night and started itching on my feet. Thought was a mosquito that had gotten in the house. Scratched them. Didn't give it another thought. Wake up and I have itchy-swollen-red welts ALL OVER! I have always had problem skin however this was nothing I have ever experienced before in my life. I was actually watching my skin turn into something so unnatural.
After realizing that it was Unstoppables it was too late! Went through 3 doctors, 1 dermatologist, a skin biopsy, 2 shots of steroids and a prescription for steroids by mouth, for a month, and 3 antihistamines. 10 days later I am still breaking out in welts. We have been washing loads of clothes 3 times each, 1 with detergent and the other 2 just straight hot water. Hopefully soon this horror story will be over!! This product have turned my life inside out!! Do not buy this product!

Very sensitive to this!
by: Kathu

I got some of this, never thinking it would cause a problem. I know I'm guilty of over-using, but I loved the smell! Then, I started itching. And itching. I have rashes all over my body where my clothing touches. It took me a while to figure it out. I immediately stopped using the bead, but the itchy rash continued. I read the label, to my horror, I see the stuff stays in your clothes for weeks! I now wash everything in vinegar but I'm still itchy.

Bad cough, runny nose and sore throat
by: Anonymous

Couldn't understand why I was getting these symptoms which were getting worse. As I was doing some ironing of my bedding my nose was constantly streaming then the penny dropped. The Unstoppables have been binned and now I've got to thoroughly rewash everything. No wonder I was waking up worse every morning as I was spending all night with my head on a pillow cover washed in Unstoppables! There was me thinking I had something seriously wrong with me when the symptoms were getting worse, not better. I won't use any of these products ever again.

Shortness of breath
by: Anonymous

I washed my sheets using Downy® Fresh Protect April Fresh Unstoppables and the very first night I sleep on the washed sheets, I had my throat constrict and a hard time breathing. I have food allergies so I thought maybe that was the issue. For five nights now, I have woke up in the middle of the night and spend the rest of the night trying to catch my breath. My throat clears as the day goes on.

Hundreds spent at the vet
by: Anonymous

Got this and Gain scent boosters as samples and used them on my dogs bedding. Big mistake. One dog was fine the other had a reaction and swelled up all over. Poor thing was itchy, looked like an ugly Goofy, and was put on steroids.

Severe rash and it's awful for the environment
by: Anonymous

I used this product for a few days only before realizing that it was the cause of our family allergic outbreak.

It caused severe skin rashes on my husband and our eldest son, and my daughter hates the smell. I used it without reading the warnings which are clear enough but underestimated the severity of the reactions it can cause.

My husband had a week off work with severe skin blistering. He couldn't sleep and was prescribed a strong steroid cream and antihistamines. As a result I would never ever use this product again and am appalled it is available for sale. It should be banned.

As all bleaches and laundry chemicals do it ends up in our water supplies.

two months of reactions to "Dream" scent
by: Jess

For the past two months I have woken up everyday with sinus congestion, runny nose, coughing, and a sore throat. I was already taking Zyrtec and thought my allergies were just getting worse because the season was changing. Usually when I change my sheets I wash them, dry them, and put them back on the bed the same day. Three nights ago I didn't put them in the dryer in time, so I put on a different set. Since then I have woken up completely congestion free. I have been washing my normal set of sheets with their "Dreams" scent. My backup sheets were last washed without any scents. I can't believe I had such a strong reaction to this product.

rash
by: Anonymous

I have been using this product for about 4 weeks, a week after I started to notice what I thought were flea bites all over my body now I know it is a reaction to this product.

rash from free sample
by: Anonymous

Into week two of horrendous reaction to this awful product. Had free sample, didn't think anything of it and used on 1 load only.

Noticed overpowering smell of laundry-very artificial tbh but didn't think much about it. When I wore items from this load developed burning sensation on neck, chest, tops of arms and face. Swollen skin, cold sore and broke out in horrendous itchy hives- in work! 😫

Haven't had a reaction like this in years-the perfume levels and close proximity to skin seems to have set this off, reading through I'm not only one. Steer well clear, horrible scent anyway wish I'd never tried this product!

Spent so much extra time trying to re wash anything that might have traces of product on and sleepless nights at first due to itching and rash-extra rinses and E45 and antihistamine for 2 weeks now, only just easing up.

another free sample victim
by: Curt Hill

I was given a free sample (1 load) by P&G at the 2015 Flying Pig Marathon Expo in Cincinnati. No scent was indicated, but the package was purple. I used about 1/3 of the package washing underwear, t-shirts and the like. I put the underwear on and within a short time I started itching down there. I didn't make the connection at that time as I had never had a reaction with liquid Downy or any detergent and the detergent used this time was Tide. I put a t-shirt on and started itching above the waist, that's when I realized it was the Unstopables, the name is appropriate as I couldn't stop itching. I had to re-wash everything that had been washed in the product but the itching lasted for almost a week. I wondered what would have happened if I used the whole package as the instructions said. I called P&G and complained and they apologized but I want others to know that it might happen to them.

warning to anyone with chemical allergies and sensitive skin
by: A. Reasoner

Hello, I am a 40 year old mother of 2 and I want to warn anyone with chemical allergies and sensitive skin about this product. I washed my bedding with the recommended amount of the Downy Unstoppables in wash scent booster pearls and woke up with a migraine headache. This continued for the next 3 days upon which I awoke with a severe irritation in my left eye, similar to pinkeye. I have never had this in my entire life. The morning headaches continued for 3 weeks, I continued to wash my bedding and all other laundry with the product not knowing they were the reason. My family began to complain of itchy rashes and I was desperate for a cure of these issues. I read online about similar cases involving this product and immediately stopped using it and thoroughly washed all my bedding. The next morning I woke up headache free. Coincidence? Not likely!

Hope this helps at least one other family from suffering like we did.

red bumps and itchy
by: Olivia

My fiancé first got red bumps on this shoulders that were itchy after I washed our bedding using downy unstoppables. A week later I started to get incredibly itchy where my bra line was, especially after wearing a sports bra.

horrible
by: Val

The rash that won't quit. I'm pretty sure it would be more comfortable to remove my skin altogether.

blue version
by: Anonymous

I am now in my second week of steroids with no improvement! The burning itchy welty rash has not subsided in the least!! I will put my name on the class action for sure!!! This product should be removed from the market!!!

fresh scent
by: Anonymous

Had a HORRIBLE allergic reaction to this. Still healing after a trip to the Dr and meds. My chest looks like I've been severely burned and the itching is horrible!!! Buyers beware if you have sensitive skin this product is not for you!

the smell alone makes me ill
by: Cindy

My teen daughter uses this product and I returned home from work, walked in the house and had an allergic sinus reaction with immediate headache. My nose wasn't working well but I detected the aroma from the basement below. She had probably done laundry between 2-6 hours earlier. I had asked her to stop using it. I think an old container I put in the garage trash can to get it out of house.

I will ask her again to stop using it. It is not worth having to take a sick day for a sinus infection/headache. She is in college and can't afford to buy it.

Any teenager recommendations for healthy alternatives?

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