Era Free Detergent Review: Fantastic Except The Size!

by SR101 Reader

A SR101 Reader has shared her review of Era Free detergent, sharing what she likes and doesn't, about it.

SR101 Reader says:

I like the Era unscented. It cleans good and, of course, I like that there is no strong smell on my clothes after I clean them.


What I don't like is I can't get it in the 100 oz liquid. Our local store runs the 100 oz on sale and I can't buy the one I like because it does not come in the 100 oz.

Otherwise Era is a fantastic laundry soap and I use it all the time.

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Taylor says:

Thanks so much for sharing your Era Free detergent review.

I looked at the Era website, and you're right, this variety only comes in the 50 oz. and 150 oz. varieties. That's too bad you can't get the sale for that reason!

I understand completely what you mean about needing a scent free detergent to use. I too need to use perfume free detergents, because some in our family suffer from laundry detergent allergies.

That's why I've created a page about hypoallergenic laundry detergent that lists reviews about these detergents from readers, to help people who need to find one choose the best one for them. I'll be adding this review to the list, so thanks so much!

If anyone else has used Era detergent, in either the scent free or any other scent, I'd also love to hear your review. You can share your Era laundry detergent review here, or read others that have already been submitted.


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Just As Good As Tide Free And Much Cheaper

by SR101 Reader

I have been using Era Ultra Free for about 3 months and it does just as good a job on my wash as the Tide Free.

The reason I tried it was that a friend who works at a Day Care told me that some of the parents used it for their kids clothes once they transitioned away from the special baby care detergents.

She also uses it for her work clothes which of course rarely come home stain free.

It is terrific in getting out stains, especially protein based stains like blood and grass.

I use it as a presoak or direct pretreater depending on the type and age of the stains.

I just stumbled on a sale on the 50 ounce bottle for $2.99 and immediately grabbed 6 bottles.

Interesting fact is that it is manufactured by the same company that produces Tide, Procter & Gamble!

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It Gave Me An Allergic Reaction: Itchy Scratchy Sensitive Skin

by Taylor

I have tried lots of brands of laundry detergent for this site, mainly hypoallergenic versions because I've always said my son has sensitivities.

That is true.

But apparently I also have sensitivities to some laundry detergents as well.

It all started when I tried a couple of scented versions that were supposedly still hypoallergenic, but they bothered me.

However, I still figured it was the scent that was causing the trouble. I never expected a scent and dye free product, like ERA, to bother me.

So, when I finished one jug of detergent I grabbed this one from the shelf and began using it.

Wouldn't you know I started using it right before a big blogging conference, and then something started making me itch just a few days before I was set to drive up to meet lots of women, making contacts and learning new things about my business.

It started out slowly, like some allergies do. I slathered on lotions, wondering what the problem is.

Duh, finally I realized it was something I was using in the laundry, since clothes washed previously, with the old detergent didn't cause problems but within 15 minutes of putting something on that was newly washed, with this brand, I would begin to itch and scratch and generally feel a light burning sensation on my skin that would turn red.

Then, I blamed the hypoallergenic Snuggle dryer sheets, since other readers had reported reactions, and I had started using them at approximately the same time as the ERA.

So I quit both products, since I wasn't completely sure which was causing it, had to stay up late re-washing everything to make sure I didn't look like a itchy strawberry at my conference, and immediately felt better.

Several months later I got brave and thought I would re-try the detergent, since I wanted to report how it worked, still thinking it was the Snuggle sheets that had caused the trouble.

I used it for a couple more loads and, darn it, the same thing began again, but now there were no dryer sheets to blame. It was the detergent all along!

Therefore, this detergent has now been trashed and will not ever be used in my laundry again.

I have no idea what caused the problem, but it sure did bother me.

Interestingly, it bothered NO ONE else in my household. Just me. I only had to rewash my own clothes and the towels, since I would be using those. I just let everyone wear their clothes and they were perfectly fine. Strange.

I really didn't use enough of the product to comment on how well it worked for cleaning clothes, but I did note it was much thinner than I expected when I would measure it out. Of course, that isn't a huge thing, but it was about all I was able to note about the product before I had to quit using it.

Too bad, since I know from other readers reviews many people do like it a lot.

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Scent Free ERA & Shout Free Do The Job

by Sandy

Sandy says:

We have a family that is plagued with allergy issues.

I use ERA Free and Shout Free to keep our clothes free of stains.

I work in a restaurant so I have all kinds of stains on my uniforms which I pretreat with the Shout daily.

Same goes for the stains on the kids clothes, including blood, grass, and various food and drink stains.

For my uniforms, and for the kids clothes, I typically do a short soak, then wash.

Between the pretreatment with the Shout and the additional soaks everything comes out great.

ERA is much cheaper than Tide and my budget is tight, so it is the best route for me.

In addition I can usually find sales on ERA and Shout.

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Taylor says:

Thanks so much for your review Sandy.

I love Shout Free too, and use it in my own house. I appreciate that it is a scent free pretreater. You can click here to read more reviews of Shout Free from me and many other readers singing its praises.

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Era Ultra Free Liquid Now Part Of My Laundry Supplies

by SR101 Reader

SR101 Reader says:

One of my local grocers had a sale on ERA laundry detergent and I almost passed it by since I did not know ERA was made in a scent free formula.

For a 50 ounce bottle at less than $4 I thought it was a buy.

I have used it on several loads and no one in our house has had any adverse (rash related) reactions.

I also presoaked some stains, one being a gravy stain that suddenly "surfaced" in the laundry room several days after it occurred.

My general rule of thumb is that if a stain is more than a day old it is handled best by presoaking.

I gave it a long (overnight) soaking, then washed it with the ERA and scent free Clorox 2. It worked great.

Taylor says:

Thanks so much for sharing this review with me.

It sounds like you use all hypoallergenic and scent free products, which is basically what I do myself.

For those of you interested, you can check out my articles on both hypoallergenic laundry detergent, as well as other hypoallergenic laundry supplies here.

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allergic reaction for me now
by: Carolynn

I switched to Era Free and Clear for my wife, who was getting small bumps from regular Era. The switch fixed her issues, but I've been battling a severe reaction myself for weeks now, and had to go to the hospital. We didn't realize it was from the Free and Clear. Sadly we have to look for something else again. I guess Era isn't good for everyone, sadly.

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