Be Careful With Downy Unstopables: Caused Itchy Rash

Taylor's Introduction:

My goodness, I'm surprised how many people have written in to me to share how Downy Unstopables has caused them or their loved ones rashes and/or hives.

I've gotten so many such complaints, matter of fact, that this is the second page of them.

You can read the first page of Downy Unstopables allergic reaction experiences here. I am not going to bore you again with why I think this product can be a major cause of allergies. If you're interested in my thoughts about that I'd suggest you start with my initial review of this product, and the first page of the stories from others about their allergic reactions.

In addition, if you've had a similar experience I'd love for you to share it with me. You can share your own experience here.

So, without further ado, now begins the second page of experiences with this laundry scent booster which, although it does have many fans and admirers, has also caused some major health problems for others who have used it.

RAM says:

I'm sitting here at 2:44am with a maddening itchy rash that has been with me 24 hours a day for over a week.

Its taken me that long to come to the realization that it coincides with our purchase of Downy Unstopables laundry scent booster.

They should put a warning on the label of this nasty product.

Taylor says:

Unfortunately your experience RAM is all too common. This is actually the second page of these stories from those who've had allergic reactions.

I'm sorry you've experienced this problem, and I hope now that you've identified the cause you can start the process of washing everything to remove this perfumy scent and get to feeling better soon.

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Very Severe Allergic Reaction To Unstopables

by Riley

My son had a very severe allergic reaction to this product.

It really scared me because he was having difficulty breathing, lots of coughing, sore throat, hives all over his body and his knees and elbows were swollen.

I took him to the ER and they gave him very strong benadryl but the hives were not going away.

Once I realized it was this product, and washed everything he could possibly come in contact with, he started getting better.

Definately staying away from this product....

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Downy Unstopables: Do Not Use This Product

by SR101 Reader

Today is day 7 of horrible hives on my torso and legs... horrid, huge, itchy, painful hives!

I am taking steroids and antihistimines and still have horrible hives!


I am miserable and depressed because all I can do is sit quietly or the hives flare up and get worse.

I can't even let clothing touch them... all because I wanted to have pretty smelly sheets... *major frowny face!*

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It Gave Me A Rash

Here are a couple of short comments I have received from readers about their experience with this product.

SR101 Reader says:

I started using the Downy Unstopable when my husband purchased it at the store. I loved the smell and the way it made my clothes smell.

I never was prone to getting rashes and suddenly I had an irritating rash breaking out on my body.

I couldn't think of anything I had been using to cause this rash since I don't change up on products hardly ever... I find a product I like and stick to it....well I guess I won't have that wonderful scent on my clothes anymore because my skin just can't handle it and the itching is horrible.

Peggy from Florence, OR says:

Loved the smell, but ended up with a scaly rash on the inside of my legs.

I've never had a problem with any laundry products causing allergic reaction on me before. Be careful!!

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We Can Use Downy Liquid With No Problems, But Not Downy Crystals

by SR101 Reader

Here's a short but to the point review of the differences for one reader between the liquid fabric softener and this scent booster product.

SR101 Reader says:

Our family uses Downy liquid all the time . . . no problems.

We bough the new Downy crystals, and my wife and I broke out in a rash all over.

Taylor says:

This unfortunately seems to be quite common. Sorry to hear you had a bad experience, hope you feel better soon!

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I Really Loved It But It Caused My Husband To Develop A Rash

by SR101 Reader

SR101 Reader says:

I really loved the Downy Unstopables as it kept sheets and clothes scented for a long time.

I have never been satisfied with softener sheets or liquid softener because the smell never lasts.

However, once I started using this my husband had a small rash on his chin and over the course of two weeks of using the product, he developed a rash on his entire face and it spread to his body.

We saw the doctor today thinking it was hives or shingles, but no, he said the Downy is the most likely culprit.

I hope there is a way for them to change the formula, because it was a great product, but we can no loner use it.

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing your experience with me, and I hope your husband feels better soon.

Be careful to do a couple of extra rinses of your clothing for a while to remove all the scent from the Downy Unstopables, so they don't continue to both your husband's allergies.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure a formula change will help with these allergic reactions many people are experiencing with this product, mainly because it is the excessive scent which some people love that causes the problem. Some people's bodies are just especially sensitive to it, unfortunately.

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Wish We Hadn't Gotten The Free Sample - Not Worth The Trip To The ER

by Kandy
(Fostoria, Ohio)

Here's another story about this product causing an allergic reaction.

Kandy says:

We got a free sample of Downy Unstopables in the mail and my wife washed her nurse uniforms in it.

When she got to work everyone noticed her breaking out in hives and we had to take a trip to the emergency room for an allergic reaction to the product.

Taylor says:

Sorry to hear about that. Hope your wife feels better soon!

It doesn't sound like this free sample was truly very "free" for you since you've now got medical expenses from it, unfortunately. :(

***Update: I got this comment from a reader, which I am sharing, verbatim. While I would not personally use such a harsh a tone with someone as this commenter does, I do agree with the overall sentiment that all health care professionals should be very mindful about the scents that they use when washing their uniforms, since they can adversely effect their patient's health.

The SR101 reader stated:
I am shocked your wife would wash her uniforms in anything with a 'scent' especially one that is advertised as strong and lasting. Most health care facilities prohibit perfumes both of workers and of visitors - many sick people are super sensitive to smells and many of us are chemically sensitive - wearing a strong scent/perfume in the health care setting is very insensitive!

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Don't buy this product!!!

by SR101 Reader

I have eczema and frequently get rashes, so a little break out is nothing new for me.

I started using this product about 3 weeks ago and two weeks ago started to develop hives. I didn't put 2 and 2 together until I had to go to my doctor for steroids. Then I started googling and many people have written to complain.

This shouldn't be on the market.

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Third Week Of Embarrassing Hives Because Of This Product

by RCH

I have never had an allergic reaction to any detergents before but I started using Downy Unstoppables and I began breaking out in hives or welts.

By week two I realized what was causing it and washed all my clothes over again.

It is week three since my outbreak of hives surfaced and they show no signs of going away.

I have to strategically choose clothes to wear that won't show these embarrassing hives.

I wish I never used the product.

Does anyone know how long they will last? I am currently on allergy medicine but it seems that's all I can do.

Taylor says:

RCH, so sorry to hear this product has so adversely effected you.

I am not a doctor, so I cannot answer your medical question. However, I have heard that many of the other readers have needed to go to the doctor for medical treatment, and so I urge you to do the same if you're still not feeling well.

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I'm Glad To Know I'm Not The Only One Who Has Experienced Problems

by SR101 Reader
(South Dakota)

I have been using the Unstopables for a week now, and just yesterday I started getting an itchy rash on my upper arms and back!

Unstopables is the only new item I've introduced so I believe it is the culprit.

I will definitely rewash all my clothes and bedding to see if it helps.

Meantime hydrocortisone cream is my new friend! Thanks for posting all this information!

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Fresh Scent Is The Devil! Major Allergies!

by Todd
(Bayard, NE USA)

This stuff is the devil I am telling you.

I did 4 loads of laundry using this product and after one day of wearing slacks I washed with them I developed a horrible rash behind me knees from the product being in the material.

I sent Downy a complaint on their official site and have not received a reply as of now. I will be calling the 800 soon if I don't.

Steer clear of this at all costs!

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Blue Version Worked Fine But Purple Version Caused Itchy Bumps!

by Mona

I heard about this product from a girl I watch on YouTube who used it to with her bedding and towels, but she did warn of possible allergic reaction from what she reviewed online.

So I bought the one in the blue cap and loved it.

I tried using a bit on just jeans and sweaters and no rash.

So I added it to other regular clothes and all was well with me, my son and husband.

Recently though I ran out and tried the purple capped one, and oh my.

I put on my freshly washed working out clothes and socks and by the next morning I had small itch bumps that looked a little like mosquito bites at first.

That's what I thought they were, and a few days later it had spread to a few on my thighs, hip bones and shoulders.

My son also has it now around his waist and neckline.

I realized the only change was that, so I've rewashed our clothes, bedding and towels and have applied some anti itch cream on both of us for now and I hope it goes away soon.

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Horrible Itchy Rash From All Three Scents

by Amber
(Grande Prairie, AB, Canada)

I Bought all 3 scents a couple months ago, they do exactly as the commercial suggests -- smell great for a long time after wash.

I hate that it took me so long to realize that the horrible itchy rash on my back, chest and arms was actually due to this stuff.

Even my poor 2 year old's face was breaking out.

After re-washing ALL of my families clothes and linens things are very slowly clearing up. Hopefully scarring is minimal.

This product should at the very least have WARNING labels based on what I have heard about it now.

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Unlike Other Scents The Shimmer Scent Caused Intense Itching

by Roberto

I'm a 40 year old man that likes to have good smelling clothes. I want to know they are clean when I start my day.

Anyhow, I've used Downy Unstopables pretty much since they came onto the market.

I used the purple ones primarily, can't think of the scent name. Then I've used the blue ones for a while. All this time no problems.

Then, I wanted a change and went for the pink ones, Shimmer I believe.

Last week I was working in tall weeds/grass and that night came home and started itching. Pulled up my shirt and thought I had chiggers, freaked my wife out.

Knowing that there was not much I could do about chiggers I showered and went to bed. Next morning I was nearly back to normal. Hmmm, not chiggers.

So I went a bit longer, say nearly a week, with no problems. I must have done my own laundry again as I tend to use a lot of scent (not more than what it says but I don't usually have a full load of laundry for myself) and I broke out the same way I had the previous week.

Thinking of the same results I showered and went to bed thinking it would go away. Woke up and it was actually worse the next morning.

I took some Benadryl which eased the itching and continued to move forward through the day.

Early afternoon the itching came back badly and the rash was all over my torso and upper legs.

I went to the ER as I was kind of freaked out. They gave me a heavy dose of Benadryl, steroids, and pepcid oddly enough (pepcid is a histamine blocker, who knew).

I got a prescription for steroids and bought some pepcid as I can't be taking Benadryl during the day as I can't be all groggy or falling asleep.

1st morning after and the rash is probably 80% gone and very little itching.

Going to be doing lots of laundry today without the Downy and lots of extra rinsing!

Thanks for this page, I'm amazed how many people have complained about this.

I'll be writing to Downy to express my concerns as well!

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Glow Scent Is Amazing But Won't Use It Again

by Alanna
(Chicago, IL)

I bought this product at Target after falling in love with the scent. I was putting just one cap full in my washer, then I started forgetting to put it into my laundry (this is relevant to the story, as you will see later).

Fast-forward about 2-3 weeks, to last week. It was time to do laundry, then I remembered to use this product after so long.

I put two caps of it in the washer because I wanted my kids' school uniforms to smell nice and fresh (I have a 9-year-old and a 7-year old, both boys).

My 7-year-old developed rashes on his back and chest from a shirt that I had washed in that load.

Then, this morning, I noticed that my 9-year-old had a really bad rash on the back of his neck. I looked down his shirt and saw even more rashes.

When I told him to take his shirt off, he had rashes ALL OVER, and I noticed that he had rashes on his upper arm that ended at the elbow (where the sleeves of his uniform shirt end).

Long story short, I've deduced that my kids are allergic to this product. Heck, I won't even use it in smaller doses. Which is a shame, because the scent is amazing. :(

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Beware Of Rash/Hives With Downy Unstoppable

by SR101 Reader

Here's another SR101 reader who experienced a problem from this product.

SR101 Reader says:

I am a true believer in Downy, and have used it for over 35 years, never had allergic reactions.

Then I bought the "Unstoppable" The only thing it did not stop was the body rash and hives.

I bought this in February and have had a rash/hives since. The Dr. even did a biopsy of the hives and it was determined that I had a severe allergic reactions.

I had to go on Prednisone for a month and every medication you can think of we tried. FINALLY, in June when I was washing my sheets and getting ready to "over use" as I always put a lot because I loved the smell, as I was holding the container, it suddenly dawned on me, THAT was the CULPRIT

downy unstopables causes allergic reactions
I immediately went online and typed in "Unstoppable and rash"...yep...there it was black and white. All these reviews about people getting rashes and hives because of the product.

Not knocking the product but very dangerous for people with sensitive skin.

Taylor says:

I couldn't agree with you more!

It may be a product that lots of people love. Even you admit you loved the scent, but for those of us with sensitive skin or other allergy problems, it sure does seem to be something that really triggers our allergies.

If any other readers have experienced similar problems with Downy Unstopables causing rash and/or hives, please share your experiences here. I'd love to hear from you.

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Just another unhappy customer
by: Anonymous

I have never had hives in my life, 24 year old female, very healthy with no history of allergic reactions to anything! It took about a week and a half for my symptoms to start. I've got hives on my wrist, my palms, in between my legs. This is ridiculous! This product needs to be pulled from the shelf if it is causing these types of reactions!

Yup, Me, Too!
by: Carol

I don't have sensitive skin so was very surprised when I started sprouting hives around my neck and shoulders, now all over my body. I, too, finally figured out that it was this product and rewashed everything that I washed in it. I still have the hives but will get to the doctors if not better in a few days. The starting point on my neck was because I had washed my sheets, pillow and pillowcase using the Unstopables. This is unbelievable yet they are still selling this awful product!

Lush scent got me
by: Michelle

I tried to figure out what was causing my hives. I don't have sensitive skin and never had a reaction to anything in the past. I washed my clothes without the Unstoppables and no more hives. Recently, I tried them again and I only used a little bit. I put a teaspoon or less in and got hives again.

Lush scent got us too
by: Nichole (from Army Base Germany)

My husband and I love the Purex Crystals so we figured we would try these out. We bought it at the PX and the first time I used it my husband broke out in a severe rash. Never again. This product is terrible!

hives, itching, blotchy areas
by: Kate

I use other Downy products with no problem, but I decided to try Unstopable last week. After doing 6 loads of laundry including sheets and blankets I woke up Tuesday morning with hives!! Had to take Benadryl to get under control. Through process of elimination I know for sure it's this product!

Going to report this to Downy's 800 number and re-wash all that laundry this weekend. There is no real mention on the label that states what the true ingredients are to identify what caused the hives.

hives gone when stopped using them
by: Merinda

I have broken out in hives while using them! I haven't bought them in a while & the hives are gone.

Thank God for this page
by: Sleepless in PA

I have spent the last month checking for bed bugs, ants and fleas. But the hives started the morning after I washed my sheets in Unstopables. I did NOT get them when I used Gain's version. I feel utterly STUPID now because it all makes sense. My mystery bugs only bite where my skin touches my sheets, feet, ankles and hands. On nights I wore short sleeves then the invisible critters bit my arms. I wondered why they never ever crawled to my knees etc. Now I know. God bless all of you for sharing.

This effects people who don't even use it themselves
by: Marcy

I never even bought this product. But I'm having trouble going out in public now because of it. I was on the bus and someone else had used this product, and it was all I could smell. It caused my face to swell, my eyes to get red and itchy, and I had difficulty breathing which lasted 2 hours after leaving the bus.

It's happened in public multiple times where I stand near someone who has used this horrifying product, and I spend the next 4 hours out of breath.

I really think this should be banned.

Not to mention that exposure to this product also somehow causes me to be allergic to lobster, in that I am normally not allergic to seafood, but when I have the misfortune of being exposed to the scent of this multiple times in a week, I will get all itchy just from touching lobster, not even eating it.

I hope they ban this as well as regular Downy and Bounce, and their competitor Fleecy as well.

My dogs and puppys
by: Debbie

I am a dog breeder of non allergic Shih Tzu imperials. I got complains about itching and hives from a puppy buyer. I knew it had to be some outside source. Food vaccines? I just started using Unstoppable on dog bedding. So I looked online and found this. My customers mean everything to me. Anybody know how many washing to get it off a puppy's coat?

Steer Clear...Caused Me 10 Months of Suffering
by: Tasha

After 10 months of breaking out with hives and 4 rounds of steroids (anti-inflammatory) prescribed by my physician, we discovered that the Downy Unstopables were the cause of my misery! Then, my friend told me about this page and how many others that were posting the same symptoms online, I had to comment. Unbelievable! Steer clear if you are sensitive.

Unstoppables Rashes on me
by: Charlene

I bought the Unstopables from Sam's Club for nice smelling sheets, but, when the rashes came I went to my Dr and she gave me cream and Benadryl. Rashes stayed where sheet contact so I checked my bed for bed bugs, which was negative.

Friend asked what was new in my life and it hit me, the Unstopables were for the last month. Rash across my neck and on my right arm. I lay partially on my back and left side, but my pajamas shielded the rest of my body from the sheets. I am now on sheet without this product and will find out soon the results.

blue bottle and pink bottle
by: Anonymous

I started using Downy Unstopables approximately a month ago. I absolutely love the scents!! However, about 2 weeks ago, my leg started itching. The itching got worse and spread. Now I have little pustules that burn and continue to itch. I also have a patch on my hip that burns and itches the same way. It's driving me crazy!!! It took me a while to suspect the Downy but after reading other stories I'm pretty convinced this is the cause of my problem. I have totally stopped using this product. I'm still itching and burning but calamine lotion seems to be helping to ease the suffering. Hopefully in a few days I will be back to normal. What a shame.

Overuse triggered my reaction
by: Anonymous

I've used both the pink and blue unstoppables in my front loader a for more than a year without any problems. But this summer I stayed at a house with an oversized top loading washer and I began to add a full cap of the blue (in the front loader I used half a cap). It took me a while to realize the non-itchy bumps and patches on my arms and behind my knees weren't ringworm or a rare rash. They're due to the full cap of unstoppables! I don't think I'm horribly allergic but I wish it didn't take me 4 weeks to add it all up. Prednisone and cortisone cream are helping but it's a slow process to resolve the rash. Now I don't think I can use them at all which stinks because my daughter loves them :(

Now in the UK, and wish it wasn't
by: Anonymous

Downy unstoppable?? More like rash unstoppable. This stuff is now available in the UK and I so wish I'd read the comments here before falling for the advertisement hype. I am never allergic to anything but have developed the most awful allergic rash after using this for the first time. It's now gone straight in the rubbish bin.

Ban this product
by: Malvin Pinder

Our fifteen year old daughter has been miserable with hives and itching for last 17 days. We have been to the ER room twice during this period. We were completely frustrated trying to figure out the cause until we realized that we had introduced Downy Unstoppable in our laundry 2 days before this disaster started. We had used nothing but simple detergent in our laundry prior to this incident. This product should be BANNED.

glad you're bring awareness of this issue
by: Laura

Thank you for bringing awareness to this. Many people are sensitive to perfumes and can have severe reactions. I know people who don't leave their homes because the scents that people wear/use affect them. I get migraines from strong scents.

my daughter reacted before I even opened the package!
by: Amanda

When I reviewed samples I had to immediately return this one. Without opening it my daughter's asthma started up.

buyer beware!
by: Alex

Buyer Beware! We are on week two of severe rash and hives! My son was seen by a pediatrician, dermatologist and a pediatric urgent care in order to get his allergic reaction under control. He is on steroids and hydroxizine. I had just finished a bottle of Downy Unstoppables when he first had a small rash on his face that would come and go. By the third day he was covered from head to toe in hive like rash. The experience was horrible as we tried to figure out what was going on. Last night I was on Google searching, suspecting it might be from the laundry and I came across this site. I still have the empty bottle. I hope something is done to prevent this from happening.

Lenor Unstoppables
by: Anonymous

I have not long been using these Downy/Lenor in UK, Unstoppables, and have recently noticed severe itchy lumps on my feet which are really painful when standing and walking, and lots of hives have broken out on arms, stomach, hands, legs, all extremely itchy and sore/stingy. I have tried antihistamines and many creams but none have worked. I am visiting my doctor this week, so anyone tempted by this product, my advice, DONT BE.

very uncomfortable
by: Heather Piontek

I have used Unstoppables for about a month. Tonight I'm re-washing all of my clothes because I have broken out so bad, and it is the only thing I have changed or added to my lifestyle. I have only broke out where my clothes touch my skin! I do not have sensitive skin. This has never happened to me before. I have no allergies.

not a good look, Downy
by: Anonymous

I'm in my mid 30's and have had eczema pretty much all my life although now well under control. Last week I broke out on my face first and then in a severe case of hives right after my partner used Downy Unstopables. I wouldn't have known right away they were the cause if it were not for me sharing what I was experiencing with my business partner. She immediately asked me if I had ever used Downy Unstopables since a month earlier she had to see her dermatologists because she broke out in hives after using it. Had to rewash EVERYTHING.

Safest bet is to stay away from this product.

Hives driving me crazy!!
by: Rosetta F

Hi everyone, I am from the Caribbean and I too am experiencing the itchy rash. I bought the Unstoppables last year September, used it in my wash and broke out when I used the clothes from the wash. My husband rushed me to the hospital as I was itching like crazy and all over kept swelling up. I started changing everything that I normally use hoping to find the cause but no results. I got allergy meds to help it but it persisted until December. I never used Downy before and I loved the Unstoppables. I never bought it again until last week and as of yesterday I am breaking out all over again. So I did my research and found this page that it is proving to me that this product is the worst thing ever!!! Please, save yourself the agony of this product, it will keep you up all night, make you feel like you're going crazy itching and even ashamed to show your skin in public.

Stole a year from me
by: Sarah Turner

I have never had an allergic reaction in my life and used these for months before I bought a new bottle and washed my sheets and pillow cases with them. I ended up with a horrible full body rash that was even all over my face! The only way I could get rid of it was to take prednisone, which resulted in a year long array of myriad skin issues. It was a complete nightmare, and it screwed with my ability to work and lead a normal, happy life for a year. If anyone is up for a class action suit, let me know. I am game. They should pay for what they have done to so many.

Un stopable alright, my face is on fire!
by: Anonymous

I'm in the same boat. Hives and itching like crazy. Face feels like it's on fire. I've had to take an anti histamine. The pharmacist words were "don't tell me it's these new fragrance washing crystals, we've had lots of people with the same problem coming in."

itching all over my body
by: Amber Hernandez

I used this product for 2 days and in about a week I noticed a rash on my arms. I can't stop itching. I thought it was my medication my Dr prescribed me I stopped taking the medication to see if it was that, but the itching was getting worse each day. My arms are full of blood scabs and bruises. I did my research to see if the Unstopables had an allergic reaction and I see everyone is allergic to it. Last time I will ever use this product. My arms are bruised and in between my legs are full of rashes :(

Fresh scent (blue) = horrible rash
by: Shelley

3 weeks of the worst, most itchy rash I have ever experienced! I have never had a reaction to ANY detergent before. No soaps, etc. I've even used the pink Unstopables before with no problem. But with the blue kind I am suffering the most excruciating feeling I have ever experienced with no relief. Doctor prescribed steroids, hopefully this will help because I don't know how much longer I can handle this! Save yourself, do not use.

strongly suggest to stay away from this product
by: Mac

I would totally agree. My son is having hives all over for nearly a month. Tried treating it but nothing stopped it. Finally I landed on this site, research on what changed. Strongly suggest stay away from this product.

smelt lovely, but grandson got rash
by: Anonymous

Used these balls, smelt lovely but definitely not worth the nasty skin reaction they caused my precious grandson to have. Whole body completely covered in a very nasty rash, very uncomfortable and itchy for him. PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT USE.

Shimmer scent (pink bottle)
by: Diane

My children started getting hives and then myself. It took me a while to figure out why. I do not wash my older son's clothes so that explains why he is hive free. I needed to rewash everything and as I'm doing it I'm so itchy and my throat is itchy. I'm on Benadryl and steroids. This is so dangerous as I have a son who is also asthmatic.

Fresh scent
by: Ben

I recently purchased this product in hopes of a few things. As some that travels for work, I was hoping the longer scent would help my clothes smelling clean as I travel for work. I also got this in hopes of not having the morning surprise of pulling a dryer sheet out of my pant legs.

I used the product a total of two times. The first time it worked great; no issues. The second time is when I got hit hard by a nasty rash and hives covering about 90% of my body, mainly where my clothes hit. After going through any sort of changes in eating and any changes in cleaning products, I quickly narrowed it down to this product. As a result of using this product I had to go to MedExpress last night because of the overall coverage of the hives and the fact I was scratching myself to the point where I was bleeding. The hives and rash started to spread uncontrollably. I took some over the counter Benedryl over the weekend but last night became too much. I was shaking and covered in huge, red hives literally covering of 90% of my body. I've lost time away from work and hours of sleep as a result of the use of this product.

I'm going to file an official complaint with Downy later today when I have the product in front of me prior to throwing it away but it looks like I'm going back to the tested and workable dryer sheets.

Rash Hives even AFTER rewashing and using prescription creams
by: CSC

8 weeks of hell. My husband and I started itching about a week and a half of use. We figured it out pretty quickly, but the damage was done. We are off to the doctor yet again this afternoon to try to stop the unstoppable itch/rash/hives. Neither of us have ever had a reaction to a product prior to this.

Hives and Rash
by: Anonymous

My husband, my 2 year old and I developed a rash on our legs, arms and necks started 2 weeks ago. We thought it was bed bugs or spider bites. We checked our bedding, no signs of bugs. I just today read the comments/complaints about Downy Unstoppable and I realized rashes started happening when we started using the product. I'm washing all our clothes and sheets today and hoping rashes will go away very soon.

No more Downy for us
by: Anonymous

My three year old had a horrible reaction starting with hives all over his legs and I couldn't figure out why his legs were the only area with the hives so I gave him an oatmeal bath to soothe him and wrapped him in a towel I had washed with Downy Unstoppables. 3 hours later his body was covered with hives. Gave him Benadryl and a nice blanket that was freshly washed using no fabric softener or scents and the hives were mostly gone within an hour. Washed all the clothes and blankets and towels, anything that he was going to come in contact with.

Solution please
by: Hlopez

I believe I've been getting hives from this product as well. Can someone please recommend me some medicine or some kind of solution????

Itchy throat and coughing
by: Anonymous

Omg I am just shock to find this info. We used DYI febreezer scent at the house spraying it on the couch and toys of my niece and noticed she has been coughing and i have been sneezing and coughing as well. Thinking back on the days activities using this product was the only new thing we did. So we cleaned everything we used it in. My niece is spending the night in my room which thankfully did not use it and she has slowly stopped coughing. So I started looking on the internet and found all these comments which just give me the chills on how dangerous this product can be It should have a warning label put on or something because it smells wonderful but can do serious damage.

Woke up at night
by: ,Mike - London

I have never suffered from allergies before. Was waking up in the night convinced I had been bitten by mosquitos or bed bugs, covered in itchy bite marks. Just came across this site and after speaking to my doctor I've realized it's Unstopables that caused this skin rash! Beware!

Daughter broke out
by: Anonymous

My daughter plays soccer at school and club. Last night I washed her school uniform,she only has one, in two caps of Downy Unstopables because her soccer gear was smelly. Today the school nurse called to say she had hives on her legs and arms, where her clothes touch her skin. I love the smell, but this is insane.

Insane itching
by: Crystal

I realized right away it was unstopable causing this insane itchy feeling. I had done laundry the night before and was on a long walk with my dog when my legs really started itching. I had to hurry home to rip my pants off and scratch my legs for 5 minutes. I jumped in the shower and rewashed my laundry without using unstoppable. It was crazy but it doesn't seem to affect my adult daughter who uses it all the time.

Used too much?
by: Anonymous

I am very sensitive to perfumes and dyes in fabric soaps and such. I gave Unstoppables a try. The pink was to overpowering for me and I now use the glow or gold ones. I see people posted they were putting in 2 cap in and I put a half a cap in at most. I've never had any problems since nor had anyone complain about the scent being strong. I'm wondering if the grease spots and rashes are possibly from using too much of the product? Either way it's good to inform if it does cause rashes but also be aware that it could be the way that it has been used.

Dangerous product
by: Anonymous

My son broke out with major hives and welts all over his body and lower face. I had just recently purchased these unstoppable laundry pebbles. I sprinkled some under the couch cushions and my son had woke up from a nap on the couch with these scent beads. I gave him 3 drops of Lugol's iodine in water and had him drink a spoon of baking soda in water and bath in baking soda water. Within 30 minutes the redness and swelling started to subside. I can't recommend this as I am not a doctor but this was my experience I using this for my son. I will be replacing these scent beads with an essential oil diffuser to freshen the scent of my home naturally. I had no idea they were so dangerous! Really had me scared but the welts are thing down. Itching is still there and now a little burning but even that has subsided. I also just had him spray nano silver on any areas that were still itchy. Too soon to tell how effective that is but he's settled down enough to go to sleep now and not scratching anymore.

by: Anonymous

My son had rashes all over, at first we noticed on legs and eventually realized it was under clothed areas. Unstopables was the culprit. We stopped using them and rash vanished. However, he then wore a baseball uniform that was washed two months prior, and the rash is back. The scent, and therefore the rash, can occur even if the item was stored for months!

Should be banned
by: Carol Thompson-Jones

My sister used this product and within a few days she had a rash. Then it spread all over her body three visits to the doctor and endless creams and potions. Looks like she has been in a bath of acid. Now her third visit to the doctor and been given steroid's and antibiotic pills and cream in case of sepsis infection. This stuff should be banned or at least carry a warning.

Stop selling
by: Amanda

After seeing Doctor for rashes this afternoon she ask whether I wear something new and I told her nothing but weeks ago I start using new softener. She said that might be the cause and ask me to rewash everything. I've been taking pills after pills thinking why this rashes won't go away. After taking shower tonight, my rashes started getting worst, so tonight when my husband googled and found your site I realized yes that's the answer! I hope they stop selling Unstoppable. I'm in the most miserable week of my life and hardy had any sleep.

Do not use
by: Sheila

I heartily concur with all the other opinions on this page, my husband has had a SEVERE allergic reaction to unstoppable he is absolutely covered in hives, pimples, open sores,with all the scratching, two weeks of hardly any sleep, because as the rash gets hot it itches even more. Spent all day washing every thing he has come in contact with After looking at the container just noticed in REALLY SMALL writing,"may cause allergic reaction." That should be the first thing on the packaging not the last this product should be removed from sale, as if it brings a grown man to an itchy mess what the hell would a small child be like. As a point of note it was the family doctor who brought this to notice, which means this is not the first time she has seen this. My last words on this are, do not use this product.

reaction to Downy Unstoppable Lush
by: Anya

I wish i could post a picture of what I look like. I have a rash/hives from my bikini line on both legs, down the front of both thighs which tapers off at the knees. I have spotty sporadic hives on my lower legs and on the backs of my legs. I have the same hives and rash on my upper arms from my shoulders to my elbows and then continuing spotty and sporadic down to my forearms. It's July 4th weekend, I was supposed to spend the weekend at the pool. Now I am inside, covered with hives. I attribute this 100% to Downy Unstoppable. I had bought some to make a Febreze type of spray from, and I had some left over so I washed some clothes with it. BAD Bad idea. Stay away.

Painful skin rash
by: Anonymous

Horrible skin rash on chest and arms from using this product. Very painful and scaly and miserable.

I love it
by: Anonymous

I have never had a reaction to Downy Unstoppables. I love the pink one!!!

should be pulled off the market
by: Anonymous

I have the same horrid hives and am experiencing the same thing! The doctor says I may need to be in steroids!!! Soooo NOT ok Downy!!!

Hot skin and hives
by: Anonymous

Not happy, never used Downy Unstoppables before but because I can only use Lenor fabric conditioner thought I'd try. Great smell BUT wish I never did. I have hives and itch and my skin is very hot, not happy at all. This should have a big huge warning sign on it. Totally NOT happy.

by: Bridget DeSousa

My tongue and lips were swollen after washing bedding in Downy Unstoppables.

Initially I thought the smell was nice, although overpowering. I knew it was this as I used it for the first time that afternoon.
It scared me. Accident and emergency gave me oral steroids and antihistamines. I was unable to drive home, no beds so slept in my car.

Do not ever use it.

little red bumps
by: Anonymous

Purchased the blue bottle of Unstoppables to go on a mini vacation, came home after 3 days and I developed hives all over my arms and neck. Went to doctors, had to get 2 scripts, 1 prednisone and another for the itch. Washed all my clothes and have been working since, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 4 days still have little red bumps all over my arms that become raised and go down. Hope that the meds help.

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