Sad I Can't Use Tide Pods Spring Meadow Anymore But Causes Allergies

by Carolyn
(Texas)

Carolyn shared her experience with Tide Pods causing allergies and itchiness.

Carolyn says:

When I first saw the commercial for this product I was excited to use them. I purchased the big 90 count pod container.


After using it my 6 year old daughter broke out in hives!

I didn't think it was the pods because I had literally just washed the clothes and put them on her.

On top of that, we had been using Tide liquid soap for over two years with no problems, and when she was a baby she broke out in hives with no certain underlying cause.

So I did the usual and gave her Benadryl amd she was better.

But she broke out in hives 3 times in one week.

After her not breaking out anymore, my husband and I started getting small itchy red bumps on our stomachs, legs, and feet.

We even thought it was bed bugs. We inspected our hike and bed and find no evidence of bed bugs.

After some research I have come to the conclusion that it is because of the pods.

My husband, daughter, and I all have very uncomfortable itchy red bumps anywhere our clothes touch our body.

I noticed that the only place we don't have them is on our arms because we wear short sleeve shirts.

The bumps got so bad that I had to wear pants instead of shorts in this Texas summer heat.

My husband thought he had athletes foot. But after treating for that for over 2 months, he still had itchy red bumps.

I have also decided that my daughter broke out because of the pods and so I will not continue using them.

I'm sad I can't use them because they do a good job at cleaning the clothes and they smell really good. Plus they look very cool!

But I'm thankful I found this website because today I will go buy a scent/dye free detergent with the hopes that this itching madness will stop.

Taylor says:

Thanks so much for sharing your experience with this detergent with me Carolyn, but I'm sorry it was such a bad experience for you.

It definitely sounds like your family may have had an allergic reaction to it.

For those of you who aren't familiar with this issue, check out my article on laundry detergent allergy symptoms and their cure, which includes a video interview with a dermatologist about this common issue.

I think either switching back to the detergent that before didn't cause allergies for your family (if you wish to still use a scented variety) or switching to a scent and dye free variety will hopefully help everyone in your family feel better soon!

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This Stuff Makes My Family Feel Itchy!

by Brandy Illian

Brandy says:

I loved the idea of the Tide Pods, since my husband always uses 2 cups of Tide so I figured this way we would save money by using less.

We have always used Tide liquid detergents.

For weeks now me and my entire family have been ITCHY ITCHY ITCHY and today I am sure that it is because of the this scent (Spring Meadows).

I am going to try putting a second rinse on all of the bedding and laundry and I will be sure to update with how it works out.

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I Thought It Was Bed Bugs . . . No It Was Spring Meadows Scent

by SR101 Reader

I have been using Tide Pods for over a year and my mother used Tide powder since I was a baby. Two weeks ago I switched scents and three days later developed what looked like bug bites all over my left shoulder. Day by day, more bumps would appear.

I immediately thought we had bed bugs. I took my bed apart and called Orkin- after inspection, NO SIGN OF BED BUGS! I still was not convinced. So I washed all my sheets with my new Tide Spring Meadow scented pods only to wake up with welts/hives over the entire right side of my abdomen and behind my right knee. It still didn't occur to me that it was the detergent.

I slept at my friend's house for 3 nights but the bumps kept coming. The rash/hives got worse. I had the doctor at the hospital I worked at check them out; she said it was contact dermatitis. I still didn't buy it.

The next day (after steroid treatment and creams, etc.) I undressed to shower and noticed that along my underwear line there were more red bumps (which looked like bug bites). It suddenly occurred to me that I had switched scents on my Tide Pods. I immediately consulted my friend, Google. Sure enough, story after story, picture after picture, there it was.

I went out and bought Tide Free and Gentle liquid detergent and re-washed my sheets. I have not noticed anymore bumps/hives/rashes.

I'm still apprehensive about Tide but at least I know what I'm allergic to and more importantly that it's not bed bugs!

TIDE PODS SHOULD BE RECALLED!

Photo courtesy of Au Kirk

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They Clean Crazy Good But Give Me Hives

by Kristie
(Virginia Beach)

We recently switched from Tide with Bleach Alternative to the Tide Pods.

They clean his whites crazy good!! But I didn't see this coming.....HIVES!

I've been through allergic reaction madness for the past 3 weeks. Hives, itching, rash....OMG!!

But after 3 trips to the doctor, 2 rounds of prednisone, and numerous allergy meds and itch stopping drugs, it was narrowed down to ....PODS!

I am in the process now of rewashing and double rinsing all of my clothes, towels and linens.

I'll be back with the results of that task, but I do believe it will solve the problem!

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We Had A Horrible Experience With This Detergent

by Allanah Dedam

In the past month I purchased the Tide Pods at my local Jewel Osco as it was on sale. I was actually excited to used it thinking it would be a great product to clean my clothes and keep them fresh.

I proceeded to wash my clothes and bedding as usual. Not long after I broke out all over my wrists; it's the most sensitive skin area! I had not one clue it was the Pods and blamed it on a new shirt I had purchased also.

However, when my boyfriend moved in with me we washed all our clothes again including the bedding once more. This time he broke out and the affected areas spread to our feet, wrists, hands, arms, legs, and even genital areas! I can describe them as little red water filled spots that were extremely itchy.

It was such a horrible experience for the both of us, especially since he just moved in with me! We assumed the worst -- maybe we had bed bugs (no we checked), maybe it was scabies (no we got looked at).

We were in such distress we thought it was due to stress maybe, or our body chemistry didn't react well together.

The both of us didn't think it could be our CLEANING product that's supposed to keep our clothes CLEAN.

I started to think of what it was different I had been doing and linked it back to the Tide Pods, since it was the first time using this product.

My boyfriend left for a weekend to see his little girl and he mentioned after washing his clothes elsewhere the itching subsided.

Upon his return we washed our clothes in new detergent and Bam! To both our surprise no more itching. This whole time it was a reaction to the Tide Pods!

All our stress and sleepless nights due to non-stop itching was cause by something supposed to keep us clean.

I HIGHLY ADVISE ANYONE AGAINST BUYING THIS PRODUCT. IT'S NOT WORTH THE STRESS!

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Tide Pods Are Making Me Itch

by Laine

Laine says:

I have used Tide for over 40 years and my mother used it was well when I was a kid.

I love the idea of the pods but I am sure that I am having a reaction to them. My skin is very sensitive and the pacs make me itch.

I now have my second HE washer and have never had a problem with either the liquid or powder HE detergents and my skin.

I am very disappointed because I think the pods do a very good job cleaning my wash.

Taylor says:

Thanks so much for sharing your experience with me Laine, although I'm sorry to hear it was negative.

Tide detergent allergies
It is, in my opinion, unfortunate that Procter & Gamble hasn't made the pods come in a hypoallergenic laundry detergent version. ***Update: Tide must have finally listened, since they just released a free and gentle version of these pods! Yay! ***End Update

Please note it isn't just this new packaging that seems to be causing problems however. Obviously the company has lots of happy customers as well, but there are many who also an allergy to Tide in other versions as well.

Has anyone else had problems with skin rashes or allergic reactions caused by this laundry product? If so, I'd love to hear from you. You can share your experience here.

***Update: I got another submission from a reader, Mary, who also complained about this detergent. She sent in pictures of her rash (non-graphic) so I added it to a different page with detergent allergy pictures. You can check out her story here. ***End Update

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Can't breathe
by: Elaine

I am having reactions to coworkers who use Tide pods and Kirkland brand pods.

My reactions are extensive and debilitating. In an industry that is unregulated, how do we know what kind of harmful chemicals are being used? We don't.

Works ok.
by: Anonymous

This product is amazing. It cleans clothes so well and is easy and convenient to use.

I did not have skin reaction like above. I would sneeze so badly when I was folding laundry and could not work out why. I saw the ads for the Tide free pods and bought them to see if it helped. Sure enough my sneezing while folding and putting away has ceased.

Another issue is the fragrance. Although lovely it would sometimes trigger migraines.

hate these
by: Jasmine

Hey. I'm a college student who used Tide Pods once and I got itchy. I didn't know what is was until I thought about something I did different, which was use Tide Pods. I used a sample one I got from a bookstore and I wore a bra that I washed in it and my back started itching and I thought it was my shirt but I didn't wash the shirt. So I switched into a shirt I did wash it in and I was still itchy. I now figured the bra and the different shirt was the problem. I'm itchy and my arms are red, my wrists are itchy, my stomach and back. It sucks really bad especially since my parents are not here to take care of me. They actually came to my college and bought me Claritin, Benadryl, Zyrtec, and hydrocortisone cream. I don't think they really help me. Does anyone know how long it will last? I've been itchy for about a week now and I washed all my clothes. I wish it would go away but it hasn't even subsided. Any tips?

no warning
by: John Waldron

This product has caused me hives, itching and enduring red blisters. They were on my stomach and torso. Took me a while to figure it out...Sad.

Rash, Hives, and Itching
by: Brad T

Changed laundry detergent to Tide Pods (Spring Meadow) and begin having rash, hives and itching on shoulders, arms, stomach, thighs and waist line. Everywhere my clothes touched me. I cut out vitamins, Tylenol, antibiotic ointment and Tide Pods over a period of 6 weeks. NOTHING stopped the irritation until I stopped using the Tide Pods. Too bad I cut them out last!

switching back to Miele HE detergent
by: churst

I switched from Miele HE detergent to the Tide pods and have broken out in a nasty hives type rash all over my body. I have been trying to figure out what was causing the rash and have narrowed it down to this. The rash got worse when the cold weather came and I was more covered up than usual - rash worse. And then the water softener ran low and I think that is adding to the residue problem. I am 53 and have never had an allergic reaction to anything. I've been to the doctor several times and am now on my way to see a dermatologist. Insanely itching. I'm switching back to Miele detergent.

My 5 year old had a severe allergic reaction
by: Anonymous

I recently switched from the liquid Tide to the Tide pods and for the first few washing everything was ok, but my son developed a really bad allergic reaction all over his bottom and his legs. At first I thought it was caused by his body was so I threw it away but his rash kept getting worse I tired to think of everything from bed bugs etc. Just this past week he became so sick from the rash that I ended up taking him the children's hospital here. The doctor didn't have a clue, she didn't even ask if I changed anything lately. So I ended up at the pharmacy to get stuff to help my little guy and she asked if I recently changed laundry soap, or bath soap I mentioned I recently switched to Tide pods and she said they are not very good for kids and even the Tide pods for sensitive skin are no good and are not actually not good either. I was in shock so she told me to switch back to liquid Tide and gave me stuff to help heal him and help him feel better.

They should recall
by: Anonymous

My wife bought the pods and we all broke out with hives and rash. Are they going to pay all the doctor bills? Just to find out it was the pods. Beware, don't buy them.

Family member get hive, allergy itches everywhere
by: Sommai

Couldn't figure out what new. Kids asked if I change detergent. I say must be the new Tide pods we used. Stop using Meadow Spring scent. I spent my whole day rewashing my kids clothes.

Found the itch?
by: Frank Gaydos

i recently started having the itching skin. I originally thought it was because of the chlorine in my workout pool. Almost stopped going. Then realized it may be the pods as the itching coincided with the pod purchase. Just did a search on Google and here I am. I'm going to try a double rinse and if that does not work I'll toss away or just use on things like bed spreads.

intense itching...going crazy!
by: Anonymous

My husband and I have been suffering with INTENSE itching which has been driving me insane!

He thought it was Scabies. So we did three head to toe Scabinoid treatments! All unsuccessful!

We laundered our blankets and sheets, clothes, towels..many many times.

No help. Only worse.

We checked for bed bugs. Nothing. We changed beds also washing those bed linens in boiling hot water with cool easy to use Tide Pods. Still no help.

We both kept breaking out in groups of raised red VERY itchy bumps. I felt like I had lots of bugs crawling under my skin!

I consulted three doctors who couldn't figure it out. Bought more antiscabinoids. Bought Natural products..Neem which Dr Weil recommended. No help.

I've bought and applied multiple different anti itch products with or without cortisone. Still no help!

Going insane!

Only today I began wondering about Tide Pods. And I see from all your comments, that this is what MAY be the cause of our suffering.

I am now trying to rewash everything (AGAIN!) in a gentle baby liquid detergent. Seems to be helping. I still have three unopened Tide Pod containers on my shelf.

Poison!!!!!!

at first we blamed the guinea pig
by: Ripley, TN

The new addition to our family was a guinea pig. All fingers were pointing towards poor little Chestnut. She was banished to the upstairs until I could rule out whether my whelps, bites (or thought so) that itched terribly and a red slightly raised rash that felt like a prickly heat rash (at its worst) from head to toe. Could it be pet dander, the bedding or Timothy Hay. Well come to find out this red prickly rash got even worse one day while I was not even around the pig. Come to find out all of this was caused by Tide Pods.

it has to be the pods
by: Anonymous

At the first of January I had two patches of red welts on my inner arms. This has spread all over both arms, behind knees, various places. I couldn't figure out why, until it dawned on me that was about when I started using the pods. I've used regular Tide forever with no problem. Hoping to try Benadryl and see if that helps. Tried cortisone cream, all types of lotions, itch remedy, pine tar soap, etc.

It's been a month and I have no idea what's been washed with it in that time since I was also using a liquid soap on some loads. Gonna take the Benadryl and hope this awful stuff goes away!!!

Sad I cant use these anymore
by: W. Keyes

This is a great post, I am glad I read this because I am currently experiencing the same thing. I started getting little red bumps,. I have been itching like I have mosquito bites and now I'm starting to get mild rashes on my arms.

It took me almost a week to figure out that it's from the Tide Pods that I just started using.

It really sucks, but its good that I found out.

10 months of itch
by: Ann Z

I have gone through medical allergy tests, anti-itch prescription medications, prednisone, prescription allergy medications, and nothing has stopped the itch. I have used Tide for 59 years as my mother used it too. When we got a front loader, I thought how easy is this and switched to the pods. At first I used the spring meadow as I loved the scent, then switched to the free and clear pods. Kept thinking it was stress or even bedbugs. This morning as I started to look for anyone else having a possible reaction. I was shocked to see article after article. I will immediately switch back to liquid.

Itchy devil
by: Anonymous

I've been breaking out in hives for 3 weeks now. I've never had sensitive skin. I had switched to tide pods with the stain remover. After I was searching the Web and finding this blog it has confirmed it for me that is the tide pods. I'm currently rewashing my entire closet.

Chronic Itching
by: Anonymous

My family has had the kind of itching and welts discussed in these postings. Thanks to all of you who've contributed to the narrative. We won't be using this stuff anymore. Scrubbing the skin with hypoallergenic soaps and hot water, followed by hydrocortisone should work, as well as thorough washing of all our clothes with another detergent should work.

My skin is crawling
by: Suzanne from Vermont

I am going through hell because of the Tide Pods. I have always used Tide w/ bleach alternative and never had this reaction. I was visiting someone in Texas for a week. After 3 days I started to itch and developed hives and a rash on my face and ears. I have never had an anything like this. I washed some cloths while there with the Pods. Oh my gosh! The skin on my arms were picking and itching so bad. I developed a bad rash on my face and ears. I didn't figure it out until I got home and wore a blouse that I washed in Texas and my arms were itching real bad again. I am still going through hell. I am hoping it will stop now that I washed everything and double rinsed all the cloths that were washed in Texas. I am going to see a dermatologist in 2 days. Hopefully they will be able to tell me more. They should definitely RECALL this product. I am living in agony. Thinking about getting in touch with a lawyer. Soooo glad I googled Tide Pods Allergy.

Horrible rash
by: Anonymous

I have never had a detergent cause a rash like this EVER. I have since switched to a different brand and am trying to find a home for my Tide. I will never buy Tide again and will never recommend it. So far SEVEN of my friends all concur that Tide causes them to either get hives or rashes. Those are only the ones I have talked to about it. I am sure there are others in my circle experiencing issues. Really? What is in this product that is causing this? I have never had this happen on this level with any other detergent, scented or not. Very disappointed with the product.

Awful reaction
by: Karen

I had a terrible allergic reaction to Tide Pods. I had huge patches of painfully itchy, red bumps in five places. I was miserable. When I went the dermatologist, we tried to figure out what I might have touched. It had to be on my clothes, because of where the patches were on my body. She asked if I had used Tide Pods lately. I was amazed that she would have known that and told me she had seen five cases like this in the past three weeks. I had actually used them once before and not had any reaction, but I'll never use them again. However, I am not sad at all about not using them. Someone had given them to me and I was using them up. I make my own laundry soap out of all natural ingredients. It doesn't pollute the earth, the containers are recyclable and it is half the money. Simple -- 1 bar of soap without any additives (Ivory for example), crumble that up. Then, 2 cups Borax, 2 cups washing powder and a tablespoon of baking soda. Use that instead of this polluting, allergy ridden laundry soap!

Horrible detergent
by: Patricia Cournoyer

Tide Pods should be recalled. They need to be pulled from the shelves. The allergic reaction I received to this detergent was horrible. My eyes were all red, swollen and feeling burned and itchy and my whole neck had welts and rash along with my hands. Terrible stuff.

Spring Meadow scent broke me out
by: Cheryl

I've been blaming the cat because I'm allergic to him and broke out in hives after cat scratch but allergic reaction is not the same. When I pet him I go wash my hands afterwards and do okay. He's a country outside cat that takes a nap in the house during the day. Doing lots of laundry past week with new Tide Pods-stain remover/brightener. Hives all over, got cortisone shot today. Rash around stomach from undies waistband, face, arms. I think it just might be Tide Pods Spring Meadow. Will discontinue and return.

Original broke me out
by: Donna Adkins

I have been using Tide Original and sometimes Tide Clean breeze for over 7 years and I never had an issue till now. Someone bought me the Tide Pod Originals to try them out. I washed my clothes once in it and have broke out in severe chronic hives with blisters. I was unable to work to work one day because my feet were swollen with hives. I had to go to the doctor to get cortisone cream and prednisone. I have rewashed all my clothes, so I hope it clears up soon.

Break out in hives!
by: Anonymous

Just got back from the ER. Had to take my daughter because of a severe allergic reaction. She was covered in hives and her lips were swollen. The first question the Dr. asked was, "Have you changed detergents?" And yes I had, and her hives coincide with the use of Tide's Spring Meadow scent pods! She now has to be on prednisone for 5 days. Will be rewashing everything tomorrow and will never use tide's pods again! These should be recalled!

In ER
by: Anonymous

I'm currently sitting in an ER for the allergic reaction I'm having to the tide pods. Started them a week ago and my whole body feels like I'm on fire.
Going to discontinue them immediately.

Itchy
by: Anonymous

Bought a new washer and dryer and it came with two tide pods. I have used the regular Tide detergent with no issues. I had a severe recon to Tide Pods! Severe! I had to rewash all my clothes. It took me a full week of misery to recover. I have never had an allergic reaction to anything before! Please be careful about using this product!

hives all over my body!!
by: Andi

I recently changed from liquid detergent to Tide Pods, after breaking out in hives, a trip to the hospital and steroids, anti itch meds and I'm still covered from head to toe in hives. My mom informed me of people breaking out from using tide pods. I now have to rewash all my things, bedding, towels and clothes, and I will be doing it with All Free and Clear!! Not happy with Tide pods!!

Tide scent booster pod gave me hives!
by: Shannon

After getting hives multiple times while at my boyfriend's house, who uses Tide laundry detergent, I finally figured out that's what's causing it!

I recently used a Tide scent booster pod along with my usual detergent (Era) and I'm covered in hives! After these cases, everything added up and I'm concluding that it's the Tide laundry detergent causing my hives.

I'm itching on my whole body, including my entire scalp.

I also heard that Tide may have changed something in their ingredients that some people are discovering they are allergic to.

effected whole family
by: Anonymous

Same thing, family is full of hives and red bumps. Stop using pods. We are getting better, brought someone to kill bed bugs, no bugs.

Febreze pods
by: Anonymous

The Tide pods with Febreze gave me a bad rash along the panty line. I can't seem to get rid of it.

Pods make me itch!
by: Marilyn

For the past several days I have been itching all over. The only thing I could think of that I've done different is purchasing the Tide Pods. Up until now I have been making my own laundry detergent for several years, but not always happy with the results, especially on my husband's dirty work clothes. For a change of pace I saw those Tide Pods which looked so convenient and decided to purchase them, a bigger container of 72 pods unfortunately. :( I have been itching ever since, and I'm sure it must be the pods since nothing else has changed. It's getting increasingly worse each day. I'm in the process of rewashing (actually with no detergent at all) to see if that will clear up the itch. It is miserable. I've used regular Tide in the past with no issues, and was always happy with the results. I started making my own detergent to save money, which it did, but it just doesn't clean as well. Now I don't know what to do with all those Pods. It was an $18.00 purchase. :(

itching
by: Tyler P.

I've never been one to use Tide Pods except for when they came in a Chegg packet for FREE and when I decided to buy them after receiving a coupon. I bought a big pack and used it on my sheets and clothes. Immediately, I noticed unbearable itching and painful feelings on my skin. I knew it wasn't bed bugs but I checked anyways because my laundry detergent never crossed my mind. It wasn't until my girlfriend mentioned to me that it could be my detergent. I'm not allergic to anything unless this is a first or just a reaction. It makes me not want to buy them ever again and suggest telling others to not buy them either because this itching is annoying and very intense. I wouldn't wish this on an enemy. It's that bad! Just wanted to share my experience with them in case you were trying to switch.

Tide ocean mist pods are the worst
by: Ann Patterson

Today my housekeeper went and bought new laundry detergent - Tide ocean mist pods. One of the worst experiences ensued. First I smelled something coming through the air vent - a floral smell like a cleaner. I thought it was some chemical from the floor. I got a headache. I left and came home several hours later to be greeted by a strong lavender sort of odor. There was something itching in my nostrils and something smelled sickly sweet and floral. Finally I smelled my shirt. It was the detergent! I switched shirts. It persisted. My nose and eyes were burning. This odor would not leave. I sat on the bed - turns out she had washed the sheets in it!! Then I smelled my pajama bottoms - it nearly knocked me over. The smell is so bad I had to put everything from the clean laundry back into the washer with vinegar. My nose is raw and running and my skin is itchy. NEVER AGAIN. I am so angry I don't know what to do. I threw these out and will never go near Tide again.

what can I use instead?
by: S. Hayes

Tide pods do not clean clothes and also it causes allergies. What's a laundry detergent that will clean clothes and not cause allergies?

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