Tide Free And Gentle Review - Great For Relieving Laundry Allergies
Here is my Tide Free And Gentle laundry detergent review, since my son suffers from many allergies, including laundry allergies.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Jeanine Downie, a dermatologist. During this video interview I discussed the topic of laundry detergent allergies with her, since this is a problem my son suffers with in my own home.
The interview was sponsored by Procter & Gamble, the makers of Tide laundry detergent, so she discussed the Tide Free And Gentle detergent during the interview.
Here is the video for those of you interested.
If you noticed, within the interview itself I also discussed how we use this laundry detergent (formerly called Tide Free And Clear) within my home.
I have had good results with the detergent for my normal laundering, and also for some stains, although I have also used other products to help remove these stains sometimes.
*** Update -- I did a test to see how well this detergent works to remove some really tough stains, all by itself. It confirmed that you really do need to use some laundry stain removers with the product. You can see the before and after pictures here, for Tide as a stain remover. ***
I myself like scents in my laundry, and this detergent does not have any scents or dyes. However, these scents and dyes are what cause many people, apparently including my son, to develop laundry allergies. (Although, as I've gotten used to no-scent products, I have noticed I tolerate strong scents less and less.)
Therefore, I now use this product for all my laundry, for everyone and everything in the home, and have really liked it.
He does not break out when I use it, but has been known to develop hives or excema when I use laundry detergent if I'm visiting someone else's house, like my Moms, for example.
*** Update - I've now had the chance to review many other free and clear detergent versions over the years doing this website, and I am sure this statement is now true -- there are some much lower cost detergents available that, in my opinion work just as well and still don't have dyes or scents added. ***
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I would love to hear from you regarding your experience with Tide Free And Gentle, either in the powder or liquid form. (We use the liquid, because I live in an area with very hard water.) You can share your review here, for this scent or any other version of the product, or read other reviews already submitted.
Also, if you suffer from laundry allergies yourself please share in the comments what type of either homemade or commercial laundry detergent you use which works well for you. You can share your laundry detergent review here.
Tide Free & Gentle Is Similar To Other Enzyme Detergents In Regard To Stain Removal
by SR101 Reader
This SR101 Reader has responded to my article about uses Tide detergent as a stain remover, so if you want to know exactly the context in which she is talking about this hypoallergenic version of the detergent I would suggest reading the linked article first.
SR101 Reader says:
The test you performed with the Tide Free & Gentle on a variety of tough stains yielded the results I would expect with most enzyme detergents.
Even the instructions for using Tide indicate that you should pretreat stains by rubbing in some of it before washing.
Ideally it would be nice to not have to think about stains and just throw the clothes in the washer with this detergent and have all the stains removed.
Truthfully, the tough stains you noted, at a minimum should be pretreated with either the Tide or another enzyme pretreater before washing.
In my opinion if I needed to handle the stains you mentioned (multiple and severe) I would have presoaked them overnight with either BIZ or Oxiclean powder before even attempting to wash them.
Based on your website you are also an advocate of presoaking stains so I believe that your point in your test was to just push the limits of Tide.
Actually I am surprised that the blood, grass, and iodine came out in one wash without pretreating!
I always presoak grass and blood stains with Tide liquid and have great results. Tide has always worked well on protein type stains like blood and grass.
With that said I do like the Tide Free detergent as several members of my household have sensitive skin and no one has had an adverse reaction to this product.
For small stains I will pretreat them directly by rubbing in some Tide and letting it sit for about 10 minutes before washing.
I also use it as a presoak. It really depends on the type of stain(s) and the severity of stain(s) on the garment as to how long I presoak.
I have also used the Wisk Free detergent with decent results, i.e. no allergic reactions and good stain removal capabilities.
Tide Free and Clear Versus Tide Free And Gentle Review
Carrie shared the consequences to her of Tide's recent switch from "free and clear" to Tide Free and Gentle.
I used Tide Free and Clear for over a year with great results.
I have allergies to most detergents and I was OK with the original Tide Free. Once they changed it to Tide Free and Gentle I started experiencing allergies.
I started looking online and representatives from Tide claimed it was only a name change and not a product change. I found this confusing because even the ad claims that it now cleans better and how would it clean any differently with only a change in name?
I switched to Sunlight Sensitive and so far I'm OK. I even found that the ingredients for homemade laundry soap contained a lot of unwanted chemicals, so I'm not sure if I even want to take that route.
I'm also looking into brands sold by the Bulk Barn (Simply Clean) because they use alternative natural cleaning ingredients.
Thanks Carrie for sharing your experiences once Tide changed from the green capped Free And Clear and changed the name to Tide Free and Gentle, with a light blue cap.
I myself use this brand (see my review above) because of my son's laundry allergies, and I personally did not notice anything when the change occurred. However, each person is different and your reaction and my son's therefore cannot be compared exactly.
I would love to hear your review of Sunlight laundry detergent, or any other laundry detergents you choose in your quest to find one that is natural and won't bother your allergies.
Agree That Free & Gentle Different Than Free & Clear
Thank you for this site!
I have been experiencing contact dermatitus for a couple of months and have finally come to the conclusion it must be the detergent.
I switched to Tide free and clear about 6 years ago when our son suffered from excema brought on by dyes and perfumes in detergent. Until I found this sight I didn't even realize Tide had changed to Free & Gentle.
No one else is having a reaction thank goodness, but I'll need to switch to something else.
Sorry to hear the Tide isn't working for you, but everyone is different so experimentation is sometimes necessary. As you can see from my review of Cheer I liked it, but if you still need more help finding a new scent and dye free detergent don't forget to check out the scent free laundry detergent reviews here.
I've been using Tide for years, and switched to Free and Gentle a couple of years ago. Until recently I've been quite happy with it. My clothes get clean and I don't itch.
A few months ago I started getting terribly itchy skin and it never occurred to me that it could be the detergent. But after I'd eliminated everything else, I decided to add vinegar to the rinse water and then to run my clothes through an extra rinse cycle.
Problem solved! I don't yet know whether it was the vinegar or the rinse cycle, so I'll have to do some more experimenting.
I have washed all of my child's clothes and sheets and after a few days I can already see a great improvement. I noticed that the Purex is hypoallergenic...I don't know if that makes a difference, but thought I would mention it.
I've gotten a couple of comments from people sharing how Tide Free is causing them allergy problems. Fortunately I have not experienced this myself, but it appears it may be more common than I originally realized. Here's what various readers have said.
SR101 Reader says:
When I used this product I got terrible contact dermatitis. Now I'm using Ecos and the dermatitis is slowly going away.
Although Tide states there have been no ingredient changes, I have begun to notice that clothing washed in the new product (Free & Gentle) are causing an allergic reaction on my skin. I will regretfully be switching to another company's product after many years using Tide Free.
Thanks to both commenters for sharing their opinions of this product.
I'd love to hear from even more people who have used this or any other scent free detergent, designed for allergy sufferers. You can share your laundry detergent review here for this or any other brand, telling me what you like, or don't, about it and why.
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