Tide Detergent Allergies: For Me Caused By HE Regular And Mountain Spring

by Paul
(Florissant, Co.)

Several people have written in to share their Tide detergent allergies stories with me.

This is a popular brand so it's really no surprise there are quite a few people who've had allergic reactions, such as itching, hives and rash, from it.

Paul says:

I've broken out into hives everywhere my clothes came into contact with my skin.

We switched to a front load HE machine and I kept using the same amount of detergent.

The new machines use far less water and I noticed that the rinse wasn't set to use fresh water. Who wouldn't use fresh water to rinse?

I also noticed that the clothes still smelled of detergent and the clincher was a shirt I wore gave me hives around my neck after the end of the day I wore it.

The hives were extensive and are very hard to handle. I had to have my dermitologist give me a perscription for the itching.

Taylor says:

Sorry to hear that happened Paul.

Using an HE machine when you switch from a top loader can be an adjustment. You might want to check out my guide to using HE laundry detergent since excessive detergent residue in your clothes may be causing your problem.

However, if you are allergic in large quantities to something within this detergent you most likely are allergic to it in less intense quantities as well, you may just not have noticed the issue as much.

You might want to check out my comprehensive list of available hypoallergenic detergents because this might really help you as well.

Hope you feel better soon.

Has anyone else had problem when using this popular brand? If so, you can share your experience here.

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I Have NEVER Had A Skin Allergy Until I Used Tide Free & Gentle!

by Nikole
(Dallas, Texas)

Nikole says:

At the time of this writing I am writhing on the couch trying to resist scratching myself to death!

I became a first time mom 3 weeks ago - and after realizing the sheer amount of laundry that comes with a tiny 8lb boy I decided to switch from using expensive Dreft to Tide Free and Gentle for use on all the laundry.

It started on my belly, where my stretch marks are fresh, and I was convinced it was PUPPPS (a skin condition some women get during pregnancy). Doc said no, and my stretch marks actually got a lot worse from the scratching.

Fast forward a week and a half and a new batch of clean laundry later and the rash is now on my ankles, thighs, arms, legs, feet.

I have never had an allergic reaction in my life!

I now have steroid cream, and deduced that this "hypoallergenic" detergent is the problem.

I live in the city where the majority of us use laundry mats, so rewashing everything several times with a newborn is quite a hassle.

I used regular Gain (liquid) until now, but I am afraid I will be allergic to that as well, so I will try the natural brands.

Thank goodness my son has not had a reaction! Also, as I am breastfeeding, I cannot take an antihistamine - ugh!

Taylor says:

Nikole, I am so sorry to hear about this allergic reaction. I hope you feel better soon. It's never fun, any time, but especially not when trying to take care of a baby.

You are definitely not the first person who has told me they had an allergic reaction to this hypoallergenic detergent. In fact, here's a page of reviews of this non-scented version of Tide, and as you'll see if you read the reviews while some people swear it is the only thing that doesn't make them break out others are definitely allergic to it.

I can personally use Tide Free & Gentle, but I too have had allergic reactions to some hypoallergenic detergents. (Something about Era Free that kills me.) So hypoallergenic is definitely not a promise of no allergies for anyone.

Good luck and I sure hope you feel better soon!

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Tide Clean Breeze Scent Liquid Caused Allergic Reaction

by SR101 Reader

My girlfriend recently bought Tide Clean Breeze liquid detergent, and almost immediately began experiencing an allergic reaction to it once she washed her clothes.

She broke out around her underwear area and her lower legs, and that was just from washing underwear in them. Who knows what would have happened if she had put everything she had washed on all at once? She probably would have broken out all over.

She's never had this experience before, even with using lots of other scented detergents. Someone should put a warning on this stuff! Uggh.

Taylor says:

Sorry to hear about this bad experience with Tide laundry detergent. I hope she feels better soon!

allergic reactions to Tide Pods
If you continue to suffer from allergies from laundry products I would suggest checking out my article on the causes and cures for laundry detergent allergies.

Further, please note that I've also gotten lots of complaints of problems with Tide Pods. You can reader experiences with Tide Pods causing allergies here.

Surprisingly, I've also gotten many complaints of Tide's free and gentle version causing allergies as well, although many others rely on it as their hypoallergenic detergent of choice.

I'd love to hear from even more people who've used this detergent, sharing their experiences, good or bad, with it. You can share your detergent reviews here, or click the link to read additional reviews that have already been submitted.

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Tide causes allergies for a lot of people
by: Jenni

I itched for years from living at home until I saw a dermatologist when I was in my early 40s. His first instruction was to quit using Tide. (This was liquid Tide in the bottle.) The doctor told me that Tide doesn't rinse completely from clothing. Tide advertises that their detergent helps to keep clothing from staining. This is because the detergent stays in the clothes. The doctor suggested All Free & Clear or Purex Free & Clear if you have sensitive skin.

HE version of Tide with bleach alternative may have caused hives
by: Tara

I have always used Tide reg. with bleach alternative with no problems. Today my little girl started breaking out with hives. The only thing different I had been using was this Tide HE version that I had bought in a hurry. I have been sneezing like crazy. Not sure if it could be connected or not. I decided to rewash everything in Dreft. Still hives, just not as bad.

Tide- no no
by: Gretta

We cannot use Tide in our home. The males in our family all broke out in a very bad rash in the genital area. I had always used Sunlight but hubby brought home Tide one day because it was on sale. Needless to say we are back to Sunlight, sorry Tide.

The Old Tide Free Was Not A Problem
by: Jan

We never had a problem with the old Tide Free version but when they changed it a few years ago we also had some mild itching issues. I like the Wisk Free if you can find it. You can order it online from Walmart, but they do not have it in the store.

makes me break out
by: Anonymous

Break out every time in areas of the body where I sweat. Armpits and private areas.

My eye is all puffed up and swollen
by: Anonymous

Yesterday in the afternoon I poured the liquid Tide in the washer. Well my hands touched the bottle. I came inside the house and rubbed my eye. It started itching. So the Tide soap got in my eye. Over the evening my eye started to water a lot. By the time I got to bed my eye was swollen, and I can feel the skin around my eye wrinkle up. Now it's morning and my left side of my face is swollen. Under my eye it looks like I haven't slept in days or got punched in the eye and face. What is in that Tide I wonder, or any soap detergent for that matter. I even sneeze a lot just when I smell it. And yes when I go to the stores and pass by the aisle where the detergent for the clothes I sneeze like crazy. Oh Lordy.

Bad tide reaction.
by: Anonymous

I've had the same reaction to Tide liquid laundry detergent. The red itchy rashes started small but spread everywhere and grew in size and moved about a lot. I had swelling of the lips, eyes, hands, feet. Worst itching one could ever imagine. Lasted two weeks. First week was the worst, as things just got worse every day. Second week was better, swelling slowly going away by then.

Went to hospital several times. I would call the hospital and mention something else swelling and they would say all we can do is give you another shot.

Eventually washed everything in hot water many times as that seemed to get most of it out of the clothes. All I can say is I feel sorry for those that have been there and even more so for those who will eventually experience such.

Back in the day my mother would let all our old soap bits stay in a bucket of water and it turned to goo and was used as washing liquid for clothes. Maybe that was not a bad idea after all as I never got a reaction from such.

How to get it out of clothes?
by: Susie

I switched to Tide, and my arms, neck and face can't take it. I read all the posts, omg, i thought i was alone. I threw out the Tide, but at least seven big loads of laundry, and all the money invested in that clothing, are unwearable. I switched to Dreft and have re-washed and re-washed, it's not working. Is there any rescue for all my nice clothes that are ruined?? This is several years worth of clothing investment and I just can't believe are gone. Shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, towels. If no rescue, do I just have to go shopping and spend more than I can afford to clothe myself again?

Why isn't there a warning label or the stuff just banned??

Used it for many years
by: Anonymous

Used Tide for many years but switched for money reasons to cheaper items. Was given a bottle of TIDE and started using it about 3 weeks ago. Just about the same time I was working in the garden and had started a prescribed supplement. Got a rash and swollen eyes. Eyes getting better, but still getting more body rash. Now I realize it is the Tide. Makes me mad. So uncomfortable for weeks. So much for new and improved! And I've used all kinds of cheap stuff with no problem. At least I figured out the culprit and can move on.

Am I allergic to Tide Liquid?
by: Lisa Gurney

I have had what I thought were fall allergies since October. When they continued into the end of January I started to look for a different cause. My symptoms are extremely weeping, puffy, dark circles under my eyes. Exhausted beyond reason even after a long nights sleep. This morning, after showering I put on a shirt that hadn't been washed in the regular Tide and my symptoms are minimal to not at all. The only difference is this shirt. I am going to change my detergent and pray that is what it is. Thank you for this site.

Allergic reaction to Tide soap
by: Judy

I too am suffering with an allergic reaction to Tide soap. The doctor told me to get some allergy pills and cream. I did that and nothing has helped. I am desperate to make the itch go away. It is mostly on my buttocks and upper legs.

First world problems - taking own sheets to a hotel
by: Anonymous

I first discovered my allergy when I used Tide. I only use ALL clear. Free of perfumes and dyes, I've been using for years now.

However I just got a bad flare up from sleeping at a hotel for 2 nights. I'm thinking I'll have to bring sheets with me in future. What a pain.

What do I do to get rid of this in the meantime? It's slowly spreading up the arm since this morning. I just took a Benadryl so we'll see what happens.

Broke me out
by: Ella T

I used to use Tide a few years ago but decided to switch to a more natural brand because I noticed rash like breakouts on my back and shoulders. I think it was also due to an old washing machine that didn't clean clothes well. Now we have a new washer and my breakouts were gone until my family that I live with started using it. Of course they use Tide which my skin really reacts to. I have eczema on my arms plus rash like breakouts on my back, arms, chest and butt area. I do not used Tide myself but it doesn't matter since it looks like it doesn't completely rinse away. I'm trying my best to get them to stop using it since it's very uncomfortable for me plus embarrassing. I'm also very sure that my condition skin condition is worsened since they also use bounce dryer sheets which I don't. Getting the smell of it out of the dryer is just impossible. I can't go any where without covering my arms and making sure my back doesn't show. Hopefully I can get it under control soon since now I've started itching.

Thought I had mites!
by: Kathy

My body started itching in spots so I investigated everything I could think of but concentrated on certain bugs. The mite treatment did not work, I was washing my clothes and sheets daily to get rid of any lurking bugs. The itching got worse and my body was full of welts and red bumps. I was so miserable and was using up tubes of cortisone and bottles of calamine. I took a Zrytec and I got relief! It then dawned on me that I had just gotten Tide for the first time ever. I went online and saw all the blogs about Tide allergies and the pictures that were posted looked exactly like my skin. I was so relieved to have an answer, three days later I am 90% itch free. This experience stopped my life for about 5 days. Work was hard because I could not concentrate, meetings were almost impossible and unbearable. Thank goodness for these posts, Google and Internet!

Same Symptoms - original formula
by: Nancy

I got a half bottle of Tide from my MIL when we moved her to long term care. I had always used Purex because of price, but also because I liked how it cleaned. I didn't realize until several loads later that my outbreak of hives was due to Tide. A neighbor told me she was allergic to it, and when I back-tracked my lifestyle, I confirmed it was Tide. This was the Original formula. OMG the pain I suffered from not only hives, but swelling of lips and eyes, and the itching. I ended up in the ER it was so bad. Even the nurse at the ER asked about laundry detergent as a possibility of my hives. I feel for all the above posters who have gone through this allergy. I wish P&G would put a better/stronger warning on the label other than it may irritate eyes. It's WAY more than that. The public should be warned about not only Tide, but other detergents containing ingredients that cause this severe of an irritation to skin. It's a shame that going forward when I visit someone's home, I have to ask if they use Tide, or bring my own bedsheets.

Hives on my hands
by: Ryan

Thought I'd get some good detergent and I bought Tide. Been breaking out on my hands only. Not sure if the detergent is the cause but I'm not going to rule it out after reading these posts. It's been for a few weeks which perfectly relates to when I bought it. I started eating the same things every day to rule food out of the equation. Drinking only water. Thought it could be the black rubber on my steering wheel and shifter but I covered it all. Was told by a doc that it had to be a contact related allergen. Hopefully I found the cause and I am terribly sorry for those breaking out in those terrible regions. I hope you all have found relief.

by: Anonymous

Beware! I used this for a couple months and could not pin point where my reactions were coming from - just assumed it was seasonal allergies. Rashes and itching throughout my body with skin intact; areas where I have piercings were weeping clear fluids. Extremely itchy everywhere! Could not pin point the source until a friend suggested I try a different detergent. Free and clear Target brand seems to be helping.

thought it was my Tide powder, but it was worse
by: Barbara

Ladies, I broke out in a rash and a terrible itch back in June 2015. Of course, like the rest of us, around 1 a.m. or so. Changed detergent, using less, cleaned out the washer etc. BUT till about a month ago, my husband found a BEDBUG on me. So ladies, just as a precaution, use a bright spotlight and have a 91% alcohol in a spray bottle. No other lights on, just the spot light and check where you were sleeping. I'm sorry that I thought it was detergent rash but it was BEDBUGS!! Lots of luck!

can't use this brand in any form
by: Vanessa Walters

I had recently been using Tide pods, Tide Sport, regular Tide liquid. Used these for 3 containers' worth, and now Im 'prickly' all over, dry, very sore scratchy skin. So NO MORE TIDE products. I can use other brands with little or NO trouble. I can't even use TIDE FREE which is supposed to be safe for people like me. There IS an ingredient that builds up as I use more than one jug of Tide or a package of Tide pods, and then BOOM, an attack of skin upset. This happened a year ago. I just can't use TIDE in any form.

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