Gain Fireworks Can Cause Allergic Reactions: Reader Experiences

by Taylor

Gain Fireworks can cause allergic reactions, ranging from skin reactions like hives and rashes, to sneezing, headaches, and even difficulty breathing.

To be fair, this obviously doesn't happen to everyone who use it, and there are a LOT of people, including readers of this site, who absolutely love this product.

But what this product is is a scent booster. It actually has no purpose, laundry wise, except to add scent.

It isn't even a fabric softener. It just makes things smell. Many people like the smell, but still, that is what it does.

Since I learned, with my interview with a dermatologist, that scent is one of the main triggers of laundry allergies (the other is dyes) the fact that this product, which provides scent, causes allergic reactions for people isn't surprising.

This is especially true because the way the product is designed, it encourages you to add a lot of these little beads, so the smell is even stronger. So, while some people can handle a scent, when they overdose their laundry with it, this is another time I see readers sharing stories about allergic reactions. In this case when a little is good, a lot is not necessarily better!

I am seeing more and more stories like this, which is why I created a page all about it. Of course, this scent booster isn't the only offender either. I've gotten lots of similar stories about Downy Unstopables and Purex Crystals as well.

Below you'll find reviews and experiences as told to me by readers who've had an allergic reaction to this product. If you've experienced such a reaction you can submit your experience to me here and I'll add it to the page.

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Son Got Itchy Red Bumps & A Rash From Sweet Sizzle Scent

by SR101 Reader

After a long back track of trying to figure out why my son had developed what looked like welts and hives on his upper body -- looking for bed bugs, fleas, spiders, any other new products being used -- we have come to the conclusion it's Gain Sweet Sizzle that has produced what looks like red bite marks that swell.

How long does it take to leave all residue out of your washer? I read somewhere it can stick to the walls.

Even with Benadryl and cortizone, in 4 days time we've had new bumps pop up in new spots everyday.

What an unpleasant experience. I won't be buying another Gain product again.

***Update: Another reader, Kristin, commented that a similar thing happened to her. She said:

I have the same red rash, I even have to pay for an emergency room visit. They will not go away. GRRRR very disappointed.
***End Update

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Horrible Rash After Using Gain Fireworks Moonlight Breeze

by SR101 Reader

SR101 Reader says:

I have never been allergic to any product before.

I bought Gain Fireworks Moonlight Breeze and used it to wash my bed sheets. I woke up with a horrible itchy rash throughout my arms this morning.

It has been over 12 hours since I came in contact with the sheets and the rash still remains.

I will no longer be using this product.

Taylor says:

I'm sorry to hear about your experience and I hope you feel better soon.

If you are having trouble getting the scent, and thus the allergens, out of your clothes I would suggest reading my article about what to do if you've had an allergic reaction to laundry detergent.

In addition, I wanted to alert everyone that these aren't the only stories of allergic reactions on the site. I've gotten some on the main Gain Fireworks review page and also a picture of the rash caused by this product here.

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horrible rash
by: jmkloeck

I developed a horrible rash from using Gain Fireworks. I've used Downy Unstoppables since they came out with no problems.

got blisters on my lips
by: Anonymous

I used Gain Fireworks scent booster for the past two weeks, especially on towels. I got blisters on my lips similar to that of poison ivy. I have to be super careful with laundry soap anyway, so I was concerned when I purchased this product but I wanted to give it a shot. I think it is a good product, but it is just not for me.

itchy welts
by: Anonymous

I have used Gain products for years and have had no issues but a few weeks ago I thought I would try the gain scent boosters (fireworks) and two days later me and my whole family started getting bumps/welts on us. They are very itchy. Three weeks later me and one of my sons are still reacting to it and I have washed everything multiple times to remove the scent boosters out of our clothes. I don't know how many times I'm going to have to wash things before it gets out of the fabric.

Hives All Over
by: Anonymous

I have broke out in hives all over my entire body. They are very painful and have caused me to itch to the point of being out of work for two days and spend a lot of time at the doctor. I have never been sensitive to any type of laundry detergent, refresher, or scent booster until this. I will never again buy this product. After spending so much time out of work and spending so much money on medications and doctors visits I am disgusted! I don't wish this pain and itching on my worst enemy.

Horrible Rash
by: Gabriel

My girlfriend and I got horrible rashes that looked like bug bites and would keep getting new ones everyday and they were terribly itchy. We had our apartment sprayed for bugs, but that did not help we just kept getting these red welts. It wasn't until we stopped using the Gain Fireworks product that the rash and welts started going away. We will no longer buy Gain products.

Used Gain Scent Boosters (bad idea!)
by: Yolanda

I came across your post and sorry your son has had such a bad reaction! The welts almost look like some sort of bite or infection. I can relate to your experience. I tried the Gain In Wash Scent Booster Midnight Scent and my family and I have been suffering. My husband's eye has swelled up and itches, my daughter developed welts and almost chemical type burns on her legs. We have a red itchy bumpy rash on our legs, chest and bellybutton. The stuff smells amazing but after a while the scent made my chest tight. I totally understand what your going through and hope you guys get better and your sons skin clears up. Take care!

by: Kara

My coworkers decided this week they wanted the place to smell good so they took Gain Fireworks and dissolved in water and sprayed all the furniture and carpet. My nose is bleeding I have a sore throat and cough. My chest is very tight and I have a headache. I've been to the doctor I have a prescription for prednisone to try to counteract allergic reaction I'm having. At this point I'm hoping I live through the work week. The sent doesn't seem to be going away after four days. This is horrible

These beads are the devil!
by: Anonymous

I have used Gain for years. I tried the Fireworks beads and I have broken our with welts on my arms and legs. I itch so bad it's horrible. I will NEVER use this product again.

Caused my dog to have a reaction
by: Anonymous

Used the Gain scent boosters on my dogs bedding and she had a severe reaction which led to a 3am emergency vet trip for a massive steroid shot. She became extremely swollen all over and itchy. Never using this or any other perfumed detergents on her bedding again!

rash and now miserable
by: Courtney

I started using Gain Fireworks Scent Boosters in my laundry a few weeks ago. I developed a rash last week and now my arms are covered in the rash. I am miserable. Got a steroid shot on Tuesday and started oral steroids on Wednesday. Today is my second day of the script and it it still there. I hope this starts working.

Original scent Fireworks caused crazy itching
by: Sherry

I loved the scent, but within days I was itching like crazy! It was so bad it would wake me up at night and I would get up and shower! I re-washed bedding and clothing and am still itching! I'm seeing comments and assume it will take multiple washes! No rash or hives, but I'm so uncomfortable from my skin so irritated!

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