Gain Detergent Gave Me An Allergic Reaction

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Below are stories and experiences from readers who've experienced a Gain laundry detergent allergy or reaction.

Gain is a very popular detergent, and it is known for its strong and distinctive scents.

In fact, there are no unscented versions of this detergent.

While many people seem to love the strong scent, and are not bothered by it, others have experienced problems after using one or another of the varieties, with skin rashes, hives, or other reactions.

In fact, some of the stories below are about reactions from people who haven't even personally worn the clothing washed in Gain, but instead are from those who've smelled the scent on someone else close to them and have been negatively impacted.

Here's many different stories, including even more that have been shared in the comments. Does this sound like something you've experienced too?

Jennifer says:

Gain has a really fresh smell and cleans very well, but I have never itched so much in my life after using this product.

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing your experience Jennifer, although I'm sorry to hear it was an itchy one.

It definitely sounds like an allergic reaction to laundry detergent to me, because I have been told by a dermatologist that one of the most common symptoms of these allergies is itching.

I would suggest checking out my article about laundry detergent allergy symptoms and their cure, for further confirmation for yourself whether you've experienced such a reaction.

Laundry detergent allergy symptoms and their cure

You may also need to begin using hypoallergenic laundry detergent, which is scent and dye free, since it is possible you may have become sensitive to many different types of scents in detergents.

Of course, sometimes people also have an allergic reaction to only one specific type of detergent and can tolerate any other one. Perhaps this is you.

Has anyone else found they have an allergic reaction to Gain laundry detergent? If so, share your experience with me here, and also scroll down to the page to read even more stories and experienced shared by more readers.

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Teacher Has Allergies To Student's Gain Detergent

by SR101 Reader

An SR101 reader, identifying herself as a teacher, shared this complaint about her student's use of this detergent.

SR101 Reader says:

As a teacher in a class of thirty students, could you imagine how it smells in my class?

With years I've developed allergies to the Gain perfume, and it causes my blood pressure to go up and up with this odor.

I consider that if someone washes their clothes and it smells good, that's fine. However, when the scent stays in the air for hours ands hours and gives health problem, it should be prohibited.

Have a nice day, but mine are not easy because of this product.

Taylor says:

Sorry to hear that this scent bothers you so much, especially in an environment where you cannot easily leave the situation.

I think you bring up a good point regarding allergies to smells - while some people love strong smelling scents, they need to consider those who involuntarily have to be around them and smell it too, since it can cause severe health problems for some people!

That is why I always encourage others to really think about the scents they use, not only for themselves but because of the people around them too.

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Gain Not Worth The Awesome Smell

by Nikki
(Buffalo, NY)

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I was really impressed with the product and smell of the original liquid Gain.

However, I began a couple months later breaking out in hives that wouldn't go away.

I had also started using the dryer sheets.

Not sure which did it but I plan to start using the Tide free.

I had never had any reactions in the past.

Not worth the awesome smell!

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Never Had An Allergic Reaction To A Soap Before Now

by SR101 Reader

All but one in our family had a reaction to this detergent - Gain HE Original Scent.

This reaction looked like bites initially and in some places a full, swelled up rash.

It appeared on the waist and chest areas first.

Before we figured it out we were itching from the neck to the feet.

None of us have ever had allergies before this.

It was purchased because of the low cost, but we paid dearly for it in the end - after all the Benadryl and itching crèmes, we had to rewash all the clothes and bedding.

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New Gain Detergent Formulation Makes Me Scratch All The Time

by Carolyn King

Carolyn has also shared her experience with this detergent, and how she and her daughter have had an allergic reaction to it.

Carolyn says:

I switched to Gain five years ago when I had my 5-year old daughter. It was so good then, I could use it on her clothes.

Now, I can't even use the new kind. It has me and her literally scratching all the time (if wearing clothes washed in new detergent).

Please Gain, go back to old formula or give us an option.

Taylor says:

Sorry to hear about the change in formula causing you problems Carolyn.

With many detergents I just suggest people switch to the non-scented version of the one they already like to see if that helps their allergies, but Gain doesn't have an unscented version since its claim to fame are its scents.

Therefore, I would suggest you try one of the hypoallergenic detergents listed here to see if they'll do better for yourself and your daughter.

Ultimate guide to hypoallergenic laundry detergent guide

Good luck!

There are even more stories and experiences shared below in the comments, with people telling their experiences with this detergent. Make sure to leave your story as well below.

In addition, you can also learn more about Gain laundry detergent, in general, in this article here on the site.

Gain laundry detergent reviews

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Gain is toxic
by: Trilby

In 2008 my neighbors started using this poison. I ended up going to the hospital eight times in the following three weeks due to a severe allergic reaction to the chemicals in the air venting from next door. I lost nearly twenty pounds in those three short weeks. My digestive and absorption system shut down. First signs was a white hot burn on my tongue, then severe pain at the base of my scull. Intolerable virtigo followed, dizzy even while laying down with my eyes closed. Then my extremities started seizing. This would last until I could get on IV and epi injection. It would happen every time my neighbors did laundry. So no, I don't want anything to do with "Gain" or anything else toxic like it.

The smell makes me itch
by: Jane Brewer

Whenever I wash with Gain I break out with small, isolated, extremely itchy bumps. I think it's the scent because I slept at my brother's house (he uses a different detergent with an equally strong and similar smell) and did the same thing. I think Gain has a great scent, and wish I could get those air fresheners that smell like it, but I just think that's a bad idea.

is this an allergic reaction to Gain?
by: Anna

I switched to Gain original about 2 weeks ago. Yesterday I woke up with bumps on my face and itching like crazy. Today same thing. Would it take that long to have an allergic reaction?

re: question of this is an allergic reaction
by: Taylor

Anna, I'm not a doctor and only a doctor could tell you if it is an allergic reaction to this product or not. However, allergies have been known to begin suddenly, such as if you have a long enough exposure to a product, so it is possible. But I cannot say for sure.

Hives beware!
by: MC

My family and I have used Apple Mango Tango scent for multiple years. Almost a month ago my wife went to pick up more detergent but there was only original scent left. I have had hives now for almost a month and just figured out that it's the stupid laundry detergent! Beware!

severe welt type hives itching
by: Jackie J.

Small portions of rash began immediately. After exposure for a longer period the rash became welts, with swelling, itching irritation, not just physical but mental irritation. I initially attributed the rash to insect bites, as the exposure time increased so did the volume and intensity of the rash. This morning it was the worst. My son's eyes were almost swollen shut. I'm very irritated. I haven't been sleeping well. I'm irritable. I feel like I may have to use my inhaler. I am washing all clothing exposed to Gain in the house again with vinegar and hot water.

burns my throat
by: Susana

I am staying in a house where they moved the washer to the bathroom area and the owner uses Gain, and every time I walk in the bathroom the fragrance burns my throat.

makes me dizzy and gives me a sickening feeling
by: Anonymous

I don't know what is my problem but my daughter bought me Gain detergent and its fragrance is making me sick.

going to have to switch from the original powder
by: Kia

I grew up on Gain original washing powder. For the last couple months it has me and a couple of my co-workers breaking out with rashes. I'm not sure what's different but I most definitely will be changing. I don't like to itch and it's not a comfortable feeling. My co-workers said they have started washing there clothes with Dreft and one uses Tide. So after years and years of using this product I will have to change to something much milder that doesn't cause a reaction to the skin.

by: Ethel

Omg two days ago I broke out in the worst case of hives. They are in every part of my body, my hairline, back, front legs eyes. I really think it is caused by this detergent. We were gone three weeks and our house sitter used Gain to wash the bedding and then I used it to was my clothes. This rash is very much like Shingles. Painful, swollen, itching, won't stop. Had a cortisone shot and that did not stop it. Any advice?

by: Anonymous

My wife and I both breakout in red itchy bumps from Gain.

Why now?
by: Rachel

I've been using Gain for 11 years. Now in the last month I'm so allergic my eyes have swollen, tongue at night and hives everywhere. Nobody else it has effected in my family. I'll tell you I'm so unhappy. I love Gain. Not sure if they changed formula but I'm a very unhappy mommy.

Be careful
by: Anonymous

I'm currently leaving the ER from switching from Tide to Gain. I broke out in hives over my whole body. I have to be on steroids for six days. I had to get a shot also take Benadryl. I am worn out over some GAIN DETERGENT. Wish I would had stayed with Tide!!!

The Smell Makes Me Sick
by: t from texas

Gain Laundry detergent has a very very powerful smell and it makes me sick to my stomach every time I smell that nasty stuff. I don't think it smells clean, I think it smells like some kind of bug spray. Take this horrible thing off the market.

Chemical Burn from Pillow Case Washed W/GAIN
by: Anonymous

It started with a raw armpits. Then my cheeks and ears got red and painfully sore. All of this because I bought a green bottle of Gain and used it for a few days!

by: Anonymous

I just recently opened and used Gain HE laundry detergent and I have done nothing but itch for 3 days now. It's awful!

I've used Gain before, so I don't know if this is a new version or not, but I'm going out to buy something else and try it.

Yikes...haven't ever itched like this before.

Husband Is allergic
by: Anonymous

I have used Gain for more than 30 years and my husband just had to go to the doctor 3 times trying to figure out why he is covered in itchy spots. Did not realize there was a change in the detergent I have always used.

Severe eczema outbreak
by: Anonymous

I love the smell of this detergent but it triggered my eczema which I did not have for years. It also has caused severe headaches. We are a family of five and everyone has developed dry skin and severe itching. Switching back to Tide.

Gain detergent sets my Asthma off
by: Pat Sizemore

For some reason Gain detergent bothers me. I can literally tell you who has washed their clothes in it. It has the strongest smell and it sets my Asthma off big time. It did not bother me years ago when I used it but since developing Asthma I steer clear of it. I can only use detergents free of dyes and perfumes now. I think it is the fragrance used in this detergent and I believe Gain is the only manufacturer that does not have a free and clear. One should be made for people who are sensitive to dyes and perfumes. How about a Gain Free N Clear? Would be interested in knowing if smell from Gain bothers others other than me.

daughter broke out when went to friends' houses
by: Mel

My daughter is allergic to Gain. She has a rash that develops and itches. It looks like dry red patches with raised bumps. It took us a little while to discover the Gain connection. I don't use it, but it is used at some of her friends' homes. She would come back after spending the night with the rash and I would question what she had ate or what she had used that was different. Finally, after asking questions, the one connection was they all used Gain. So sleeping on the sheets or washing her face with a washcloth was causing her to break out.

Scented Products in the Workplace
by: Ann

I have sensitivities to scented products. I'm not sure which ingredients cause me to react, as not all scented products irritate me. A new co-worker has recently started work in my office and I immediately reacted to the overwhelming scent she carried on her person. It was determined that the only scented product she used was Gain laundry detergent. My nose membranes became raw and painful, my throat became irritated and I lost my voice. Severe congestion, headache and intense irritability followed. I worked 2 days with her and then worked in another office and immediately felt better once removed from her proximity. I tried again to work with her and had the same reaction. The scent was so overpowering that I felt nauseous. Coughing and gagging from it sent me home. What is the chemical used in this product that makes the scent so "sticky". If I react to this product like I do, I can't help but wonder if the chemicals in this product might be harming those who use it over a long period of time?

Gain original scent attacked my body
by: KeKe

Went to the store and seen they had Gain original scent on sale and I purchased 2 bottles, what a big mistake! Washed my sheets, uniforms and underwear, the next day I was at work and hives. Started on my neck and arms and by the time I got home I was itching, my lip swelled and I had hives everywhere. I've used the Mango Gain and never had a reaction so I thought I had bed bugs, but after changing to a dye free detergent I realized it was the Gain.

Gain makes my throat and face itch like crazy!
by: KM

After washing my bedsheets and comforter at my dad's house using his bottle of Gain original scent detergent I was excited to sleep on my newly washed sheets because they smelled so nice and clean. However, within a few minutes, I couldn't stop violently sneezing. Thinking it was allergies in the air I tried to go to sleep but soon developed the most horribly uncomfortable itchy throat, itchy eyes, and itchy face. I got up the next morning and my body was covered in a red rash. I thought that airing out my sheets on the outdoor clothesline would help but it wasn't enough. The only thing that helped was rewashing all of my sheets and comforter several times with an unscented detergent. I'm not sure what's in that detergent but it is AWFUL!!!

Started after I switched
by: Nick from Oklahoma

After switching to Gain Laundry Soap in the purple jug I started break out in rashes and hives. I didn't realize what it was at the time but I went to the doctor and they asked if I had switched laundry soaps and it dawned on me that I had recently switched. I changed back to Tide and then I only had problems at night, then I realized I had washed my bed sheets in it also. After I washed them in Tide I have been clear. I have no idea what's in Gain but it's like poison ivy to me.

I will never use again
by: Anonymous

I have used Tide for many years with no issues. But then back in April, i decided to try the Gain Flings Tropical Sunrise. I loved the convenience and scent. After about a month, i started breaking out in hives on the tops of my lower arm and also on the forearm. It would start out as a tiny bump, but then it would turn into a welt. Twice they were dime size and two times they were quarter sized. It never even occurred to me it could be the Flings, so i kept using them. I have extremely sensitive skin. So I have had allergic reactions before. Its usually a small, itchy patch. I apply medication and it goes away. In June, I started itching. Mild at first, but it got progressively worse. It got so bad, it was affecting my ability to concentrate at work. The itching became unbearable. I itched all over. I wracked my brain trying to figure out what it could be. I don't have any food allergies, so i knew it couldn't be that. I was even itching when i put on my pjs. That's when i started to wonder if it was the Flings. So i did an experiment. I wore a shirt I know wasn't washed in the Flings. I wore jeans that were washed in the Flings. I hardly itched at all on my upper body, but i itched like crazy on my lower half. The itching got so bad, i went to an urgent care clinic. I saw a physicians assistant who congratulated me on my detective work, and agreed it was probably the Flings. It was the only thing that changed. I got a very strong cortico steroid cream. It has really helped. I switched to an all natural dye and fragrance free detergent. I considered trying Dreft or Gain liquid, but honestly, I mm afraid to now. I will NEVER use Gain again.

Scratching Frenzy!
by: Anonymous

I also have experienced terrible itching with Gain. I have used it in the past because my family likes it although I never cared for the smell. Just recently I purchased Gain Moonlight Breeze, the flings. Suddenly I am itching constantly and have hives all over my legs, arms, and back. I have been scratching so much that my legs have scars. I am not sure if Gain recently made a change to their products, but this is highly unacceptable. I can't sleep due to the constant itching and find myself taking a sleeping pill just to make it through the night!

by: Anonymous

I recently purchased Gains Pods Tropical scent, nice smell but, now I am itching and covered with hives from head to toe. My skin complexion is chocolate but these bumps sit up on my skin like small cherries, wow I will never use that again. I think all the companies are putting in too many chemicals to smell good, the scents are too loud anyway and they need to be told I am very upset.

Sunflower and sunshine scent
by: Anonymous

I have used Gain for years now, no specific scent though. I find a new one, I try it, always have. Well recently I found Sunflower and Sunshine and for the last week I cannot stop itching all over. Neck to feet! It's horrible, keeps me up at night and I've developed little bumps from scratching so much. I currently have acrylics on, which do not help the itch at all, and it's made me bruise I scratch so much. Have they changed their formula or something?!

Most likely caused my high blood pressure and eye allergies
by: Anonymous

I used the Gain detergent last month. I was not sure why my eyes were burning. I looked everywhere for what was causing the problem. I also noticed that my heart began to palpate. I finally realized that it was the detergent. As soon as I washed my clothes I was wearing and all my clothes with a new detergent all my symptoms stopped instantly! I feel annoyed. As a third year medical student I was glad I was able to use a blood pressure machine and note that my blood pressure was extremely elevated. I think about people who might have simply gone to their doctor and each month their heart beat would be elevated and perhaps they could get a heart medication for as long as they used the Gain product. While I cannot scientifically prove that Gain caused my allergic eyes or my elevated heart beat I think it is important that this product is tested for adverse effects. Perhaps I should conduct a research study and test it! I tried to find the chemical in the product, but have not...yet. Thank you.

I think I'm allergic to this detergent as well
by: Anonymous

I decided to try Gain because it smelled so good and we had just bought it for the first time!! I just got over pinkeye so I had to wash my bedding and clothes. I washed my bedding with the Gain and after it was washed I used the Gain fabric softener when I put it through the dryer. Needless to say I woke up with red bumps on my whole body. Of course I first checked for bed bugs and other possibilities, but then I found this website and it proves my suspicions.

Me too!
by: Anonymous

I am having an allergic reaction to Gain too! I went to the doctor for it because it's spreading and worsening! No more Gain for me!

how do I make it stop?
by: Anonymous

I have the same thing from Gain also! How long until it goes away and how do I make it stop??

I feel your pain
by: Anonymous

I have been breaking out on one side of my face only, the side I sleep on. I switched to Gain because of the scent too. Going to have hubby get me Tide free tonight and rewash everything! I'm 39, I have never had this problem before.

new Gain pods made me have hives on top of hives
by: Helen

Thank you for your post. I have been using Gain liquid forever. The new pods came out and I started using them. I look like a monster movie in the making with welts all over my body, and it's taking forever for them to go away. I switched to Tide dye free and it seems to be working.

HE Turbo has some new ingredient
by: Lynne

Gain has recently changed some ingredients in their detergents. The new products are called HE Turbo. It's written on the front of the container. I didn't know this when purchasing. I bought a large container in March. I developed a rash soon after on my groin and under my breasts. I thought it was yeast, so I tried to treat it with an OTC fungal cream. It didn't clear up and in fact got much worse. It was under my arms, stomach, hips, thighs and hands. I went to the doctor in May and she thought it was yeast and gave me prescription fungal meds. It got much worse, so she referred me to a dermatologist. He thought it was scabies, but that was negative also. He kept asking me if I had changed my detergent. No no no! I am a creature of habit. WELL, I didn't know that even though I was buying the same detergent, the ingredients had changed.

pink spots all over
by: Adriana

I washed my clothes with Gain, the original scent liquid form and got very itchy. I then got pink spots all over my front and back. I went to my doctor and she thought it was due to a detergent. The rash came on very suddenly. I have never had a allergic reaction to other detergents.

Does GAIN detergent have phosphates?
by: Lyn Morse

The first thing Vanderbilt Hospital Allergy Clinic told me is never chose a detergent with phosphates and don't use fabric softener. I have been using EXTRA but it fades blacks. I am wanting to use another detergent and thought I'd try GAIN but see others complain of hives which I get. DOES GAIN DETERGENT HAVE PHOSPHATES?

Did they change recipes?
by: Anonymous

I've been buying Gain ORIGINAL HE for at least 2 years as Tide made me itch. Well as of this week with a new bottle I've broken out with hives like bites & rashes in some areas. I know this is the cause as I've not changed anything else. So disappointed now to have to change again. They should warn you if they change an ingredient.

Gain should not be used
by: Linton

Gain detergent caused my daughter terrible hives, medical bills, and time off work. It was troublesome to figure out that Gain was the problem, but the day after she rewashed everything and stopped using Gain, her skin and health recovered quickly. There are those who will not figure it out and hopefully they do, as Gain can cause severe skin and health problems. Too many react to Gain, the product should be investigated, and compensation should be made to the countless numbers of people who have suffered from the toxicity of Gain.

I puffed up
by: Sharika Weems

Washed my covers and sheets in gain detergent yesterday and woke up this morning face puffy legs and arms hives everywhere. I have not itched so much in my life.

Only allergic to Gain
by: Anonymous

I've tried all kinds of different detergents and for whatever reason Gain puts a rash all over my body. They only rash that I've ever had that comes close to it was when I bought a fake metal necklace. I found I am allergic to nickel even white gold can over time bother me.

Broke me out
by: Anonymous

I've been using Gain detergent, and started sneezing all the time. Then the hives started. I would start itching and break out in hives. I washed my sheets with the Gain detergent, and went to bed. I woke up, covered in hives. I couldn't breathe very well and my neck was swollen. I took 2 Benadryl tablets, and changed my sheets and my symptoms thankfully went away, without having to be seen in the emergency department. That's when I realized it was the detergent causing my symptoms this whole time. I've stopped using the product completely and my symptoms have gone away.

Smell make me ill
by: Anonymous

I worked with someone who used gain and the odor was so offensive to me I became physically sick with flu like symptoms. Eventually I had to stop working in the same building as this individual. I moved to another building until someone there started using gain. The smell lasts for days and days in an enclosed building. What toxic ingredient could cause the small to bind to clothes this strongly and fill up a room with scent? And, eventually make people sick.

Had large outbreak
by: Anonymous

Well I have got a nice series of rashes by using Gain. I have tried everything from alcohol to poison ivy wash to clear and I have found the quickest clearing of my skin threw trial and error was every morning I used a loofah and Biore' scrub in the shower. I would use around privates and face but worked quickly for my allergy infused skin instead of waiting for the affected area to rejuvenate itself. That took almost two weeks. Anyhow hope this helps someone and I switched back to my old detergent and no itch or irritated skin.

by: Anonymous

I've used Gain years ago but I switched because I couldn't afford it. So recently I've bough Gain with the Febreze and first my daughters were complaining of itching, and small red bumps, and then I started as well, bad!!

It's sad and ridiculous that the company would even sell a product that causes so much pain, frustration, aggravation, time rewashing everything, more money, and ughhh, it's just sad!!!

Allergic Reaction to Lavender Scented Gain
by: Anonymous

Hi Everyone,

So sorry to hear about your woes with Gain laundry detergent. As for me, I never had ever experienced an allergic reaction to washing detergent before. What's really funny is that I can stand Gain's original scent formula with no problems at all. However, after a recent purchase of Gain's Lavender scented detergent I've been itchy and like some of you have hives and a rash with small welts. At first, I thought it was a recent change in the body wash I was using and threw that all out (2 practically brand new bottles). However, that wasn't it and then I realized that it might be the new laundry detergent and it is. I had to re-wash most of my clothing and I bought Arm and Hammer's laundry detergent for sensitive skin that's dye and scent free. What are they putting in this stuff? At times I would much rather use the powder detergent instead of this liquid version, it seems to be more hazardous to your health.

Never had a reaction had to go to ER
by: Anonymous

This product is toxic. I had a severe allergic reaction. My whole body was covered in hives. The only thing I have changed is my detergent. Gain, Hawaii Aloha. I have thrown it away now. Good riddance. Baby detergent now, all better.

I'm itchy!
by: Bonkers

Honestly I've never paid any attention to the brands of items my mom buys, so I didn't even notice the switch to Gain Liquid Detergent until I developed a small itchy rash on my stomach.

It spread over a couple of weeks and now covers almost my entire stomach area and now my arms, hips, calves, ankles, back, and behind my knees. Everything itches and no matter how hard I scratch or which cream I put on it, nothing is helping. I've scratched myself raw. Certain spots bleed where others have welps from scratch marks. This itching is driving me bonkers.

My mom suggested two days ago that maybe I'm having a reaction to the new laundry detergent and we aren't sure if the detergent is the problem but comparing from these pictures, I'm pretty sure that it is. I bought myself my own bottle of Tide Liquid Detergent (which is the kind she said we were using before) and I've rewashed all of my clothes already. Tomorrow comes my bedsheets and blankets. I'm hoping that it clears up soon. I've never realized how horrible itching is.

And remember, cheaper isn't always the better option.

Lavender Gain allergic reaction
by: Jenny Carlson

I have been using traditional Gain with Gain fabric softener for a very long time. When I switched to the Gain Lavender I broke out in hives worse than I have ever seen from any poison ivy breakout.

Not 100% but I think its Gain Detergent
by: Anonymous

I found I'm allergic to Tide so I switched to Arm & Hammer sensitive formula, honestly finding It required more than I feel should be needed to wash clothes. So I switched to Gain and boy o boy have I been itching and trying to rule out a couple of other things I've been using like tea tree oil. Now I'm re-washing everything and using the Arm & Hammer and thinking of trying Tide's sensitive formula. I hope this works or I'm going to have to visit a dermatologist again.

allergy to detergent and fabric sheets
by: Rhonda Jane

I used again for years with no troubles and then suddenly the scent of Gain caused tightening in throat and lungs. This was a year ago and the condition is not improved.

by: Anonymous

I just started using liquid Gain about 2 weeks ago and I have developed this terrible itch. It is all over. At first I thought it was bugs on me and after doing a thorough investigation I came to turns that there were no bugs. It has to be the detergent because no one else in my house is itching but me.

swollen eyes and itching
by: Connie Walket

I have never had any type skin allergy until I washed my clothes in Gain while visiting my daughter. Horrible itchy rash and my eyes swelled from using wash cloth laundered in Gain. Give me Tide every time. Superior cleaning and no itching.

should be banned
by: Anonymous

I recently washed with Gain and I have been itching all over. So therefore it should be banned from the stores.

Exactly the same when used Gain Pods
by: RedOwl

Thank you for posting - I thought at first I had shingles and cut out all chocolate and caffeine. But the little itchy bumps kept coming every day. I thought it was my immune system breaking down and did cleanses, and eliminated food after food. In the meantime I bought another tub of Gain Pods. Loved the smell. Woke up every morning with little bumps all over. Bed bugs? Mosquitos. Finally just today, after 6 months of torturing myself I thought hmmm maybe it is my laundry detergent. I'm down to eating nothing but chicken breasts and lettuce and still having major breakouts. Never had an allergic reaction to anything before. But always had used 7th Generation before and will go back to that. Thank you so much for posting this information

by: Anonymous

I was hanging out at a friends house heating up something in the microwave. I had just gotten back to her house after running some papers up to my college, and through out the day I had noticed some itching in my legs. Of course I just assumed it was dry skin. Because my skin does get dried out easily, and the jeans I had on that day were ones I wear a lot. However as I stood there I noticed how the itching suddenly turned into this burning sensation that grew worse the more I stood there.

In a flurry of movements I ran up the stairs of my friends house so I could use the upstairs bathroom to see what was going on only to find painful patches of hives all over my legs.

I was actually very thankful I had decided to grab a shirt sitting in the back of the closet that hadn't been washed in this new detergent too.

I ended up borrowing a pair of my friends shorts so I could soak my legs in warm water to try and rinse what ever was effecting my skin, and so my friend's mom could wash the clothes I had brought with me in something else that wasn't Gain.

Part of me wasn't convinced it was the cause, mostly because I remember using Gain when I was still in middle school and never had a problem with it before. I never broke out in hives or itched, but sure enough when I tried the jeans on later that day I was perfectly fine.

by: Anonymous

The latest bottle of Gain has caused me to itch wherever there is prolonged contact with my skin (bra-line, waistband, etc). I did not have this reaction for the last few years, this is recent, and it smells different too.

allergy from Gain Flings
by: Vicki

I itch, especially my nose, and sneeze after my sheets have been washed in Gain flings. I love the smell, hate that I can't use it anymore. I don't notice it on the rest of my body, but my face is my most sensitive when it comes to allergies. Before realizing it was the sheets, I tried my usual Allegra + Benadryl, thinking I must have been in touch with a cat or something. After spending the weekend away from the sheets and coming back, I know for certain it is the detergent.

any recommendations for something new?
by: Anonymous

I noticed a skin allergy reaction right after did my laundry with Gain detergent. Red spots all over my back and very itchy feeling. Does any one recommend a different brand of detergent?

this detergent has way too many unnecessary chemicals
by: Kygirl

I'm suffering from an allergic reaction right now to Gain. I would break out in hives, my hands and feet get swollen from it. Last night I thought I smelled a familiar scent on a pair of socks that I hadn't worn since last year. It turn out I washed it in Gain last year and my lip are now swollen. Before I knew I was allergic to Gain last winter, I washed everything in Gain only because I loved the strong scent. It was the worst decision of my life! Last winter I woke up and my eyes and lips were so swollen I had to call my job and tell them why I couldn't go to work. I went straight to the doctors to make sure the swelling would safely go down. Eventually it went down with a the help of Benedryl. I'll never recommend this product to anyone only because there's something unnatural about this product being that it's the ONLY detergent I'm allergic to.

Can no longer use
by: Marina

I loved Gain but now I cannot use it or touch anything washed with it. I don't know what the new ingredients are (would love to know), but I'm allergic to it now. I completely break out in hives, puffy eyes, scratchy throat. I have to keep allergy pills on me because even say for example: run into a old friend and give them a quick hug, chat for a little, I will start having hives. I use to love Gain but now it's like if you use it stay 10 feet back.

itchy reaction
by: Shelonda

I recently purchased the Gain cleanburst fragrance because they were out of the sensitive skin friendly scent and my skin has outburst with itching all over my body. This detergent is not meant for clothing.

the scent of Gain forced me to work a respirator when my neighbor did laundry
by: Rogella

The smell from Gain was so noxious that I had to wear a 3M respirator with a VOC filter when my neighbor was using it. The smell from the dryer exhaust vent quickly filled up all air space around front, sides and back of my one bedroom duplex. I did close the window and put on air purifiers too but it takes a long time to get rid of the smell as one of the "selling points" is that the smell lasts for weeks. The lady did laundry at home for others for extra money so it was great when the landlady noticed how high the water bills were getting and kicked them out. Gain is sickening to those with fragrance sensitivities, it is way too strong.

makes me ill
by: Anonymous

I work in an office, so no open windows. This started about 6 months ago, at first I thought I was going crazy, and it was just in my head. Turns out, it is the smell of Gain laundry detergent that some of my co-workers use. It gives me a strong headache and general feeling of nausea. I will feel better after a few hours when I come home at the end of the day. The problem is my coworkers like the smell and won't stop using it. I dread going to work every day, because I know I will feel sick. What can I do?

The fragrance burns my airway and gives me headaches
by: Carolyn

I have actually been sick for days after being exposed to someone that uses Gain. I have been tested for allergies and it is not an allergy or asthma but a reaction to the chemicals used to make the fragrance in Gain. My lungs and bronchial tree become very irritated and then start forming secretions and productive cough. I also get migraines from it. The only thing that I can do is practice avoidance. I can't even go to the laundromat nor can I go to the detergent aisle in the grocery store. I'm really tired of this being such a big part of my life. People don't need to have their clothes smelling so strong.

immediate severe hives
by: Michelle

My mother bought Gain because it was on sale. I immediately broke out in severe hives from where my clothes touched my skin after being washed in Gain.

I can use any other detergent but there is an ingredient in Gain that had a bad reaction with my skin.

itching on my face
by: Christine Zeuner

I've used Gain in the past and recently ran out of the detergent I usually use. I went back to Gain and began itching primarily on my face. Had to go to the doctor only to discover that it's the Gain that caused this to happen to me. Going back to my old detergent. Don't know if you've changed the formula but this never happened to me before using Gain.

by: Edinna

I have never itched so much as I have from Gain. It actually led to being toxic and 3rd degree burns per my dermatologist. Ended up in the Emergency Room. I also went to an allergist that recommended a biopsy. I went back to my dermatologist. I have been on RX Hydrocortisone Gel, high doses of Prednisone, Allegra 24 hr. Antihystamine, many mild moisturizing lotions etc. It was the most miserable time for me. Completely ruined the summer for me. Itching, pain, peeling of the skin and now so dry, I have sores. Slowly going away now, but hated going anywhere. Spent a lot of time home. Could not even wear underwear. Sometimes only a cool shower helped.

Itch itch itch OMG
by: Sondra

I recently changed from regular Gain to Gain Hawaiian Aloha scent. OMG the itching has been 3 weeks before I thought to check the detergent. I have sores all over me and the itching is intense. Even the steroid the doctor gave me did not help. I see an allergist this Tuesday so I am taking this with me.

Yes. Very upsetting.
by: Wendita

Yes. I bought this detergent thinking it would be safe since it's in the shelves. The scent was super strong. Stuck to my sinuses for hours, gave me a headache and after a while it made me itch like crazy. First time I didn't realize where the itch came from and I ran to my doctor looking like an idiot that I itch all over. Got all sorts of tests at office and to find out later when I used it again that it was the soap! Ah. I bought such a big Bottle from Costco too.

very uncomfortable time
by: Adrianne

I looked online to see if anyone else had a skin reaction to Gain laundry detergent. I had switched because I liked the smell. Once I switched, I developed terrible body core rash and intense itching. It was so severe that I could not stand clothing next to my skin. I bought the scent free detergent and re-washed everything that is close to the body. The rash is improving and I am hoping it will soon be GONE. This has been a very uncomfortable time.

terrible hives, rashes, bumps, itching for several weeks now
by: Megan

I have had had terrible hives, rashes, bumps, itching for several weeks now. I have spent hours and a lot of money going to doctors trying to figure out what is causing it. Scared to death by my doctors mentioning words like Lupus, leaky heart valves, etc. After blood work, biopsies, echocardiograms, I still did not know what I had, only knew what I didn't have. After having an exterminator out thinking I had fleas, mosquitos, even bed bugs, and finding out the house was all clear, he asked me if I had changed my laundry detergent recently. I could not recall how long ago but I had purchased a new scent of Gain within the last month. He said he had experienced the same hives and thought he was going crazy. After eliminating everything new in his home, he narrowed it down to his Gain laundry detergent. I decided to do a little internet digging and found this website and article. Apparently Gain is making thousands of people sick with their new formula and scents. I think I have finally found the culprit! These products needs to be removed from stores immediately. If you use it in your household, I suggest throwing it away! It's on to Tide Free for me (no dyes and no perfumes) and hopefully my skin will be back to normal. Highly annoyed but relieved!

recommend not to buy
by: Michael

You are right, great smell and cleans good but made me itch so bad will never buy Gain again and will recommend that others not use it.

by: Anonymous

I am currently using Gain Fresh scent (pink bottle) with the same softener and scent boosters. My chest and butt area are soooo itchy and red from using.

lots of itching
by: Cheryl

I have never used Gain before and I also have been having a lot of itching. Does it have any bleach alternative in it?

Gain is poison
by: Anonymous

I can't even be the same room as someone who has washed their clothes in Gain. It is so powerful smelling that I feel dizzy, my sinuses burn and get inflamed, my asthma is triggered and eventually I get a severe migraine. It's horrible stuff and seriously must be toxic. I only use fragrance free laundry detergent now. I usually use Arm and Hammer free of perfumes and dyes. And it's relatively cheap too. The smell of Gain is sickly sweet and chemical like, etc. I wish it was banned. It's not good for the environment either.

bad reaction
by: Anonymous

I had a bad reaction to Gain. I was diagnosed with an abdominal migraine. I was throwing up over the course of a weekend. My blood pressure was really high. After sitting up for a spell I was extremely sleepy. Woke up feeling fine. When I described it to my gastroenterologist he said "abdominal migraine." I tried using Gain again months later and had the same reaction.

Gain makes me feel like something is biting me.
by: Anonymous

After recently visiting with my parents and using Gain, I started immediately itching, breaking out in hives and rash. It felt like something was biting my skin. I usually use ALL and before that Tide and never had any issues.

hives from the tropical pods
by: Anonymous

Tried the new tropical pods. Bad idea, it sent me to the hospital with hives like you would not believe. Started used All Free and Clear. Won't be using Gain EVER.

Repulsive reaction
by: Anonymous

My coworker has been using Gain for quite some time. I was very aware of the fragrance and felt repulsed by it but could not figure out why. I did not say anything as it affected me mostly when she walked past my desk or was moving around. A week ago as I walked into the office building, I smelled her from about 15 to 20 feet away from the hall before I even walked into our shared large office. After about 30 minutes I commented that the laundry detergent fragrance was overpowering. She proceeded to ask everyone that came into the room if they smelled her wonderful Gain and said that I must be smelling something else. I emphatically told her it was too much for me and that it was the laundry detergent. The next few days I still smelled it at a heightened awareness but it was a much lighter odor. I was totally congested and sick for 3 days, started Nasocort and Sudafed, was hoarse and felt nauseous. This week when I came in, although not as strong as that particular day, it was much more fragrant and I noticed immediately my feeling of repulsion. By the end of the day I felt a sharp pain in my stomach, headache, sore throat, sneezing, stuffy congested sinus, and I actually felt like my blood pressure was high. I went to the bathroom and my face was flush, eyes red and I felt strangely dazed and was having difficulty concentrating. I actually considered quitting my job. I have reached out to my superiors to be relocated as I cannot tolerate this fragrance and chemical combination, it's toxic to me.

Will NEVER Use it again.
by: Kevin

Washed laundry at my best friends house, where I used her gain pods. Woke up with severe itch and rash anywhere my underwear touched my skin. I assumed they were bug bites, and got dressed for work. By lunch time the itching was unbearable and spread all over my body. I took benadryl which did not help. I knew it had to be a reaction to the detergent. I am now waiting for Walgreen's to open so I can get some type of medicated body soap to wash these toxins off of me. I'll be using ALL FREE AND CLEAR from now on. Shame on Gain for doing this to people!!! Now I'll have to miss work and hope for a speedy recovery.

Only this detergent
by: Ginny

I have had and am still having an allergic reaction to the Gain. It is miserable. I am on second doses of Prednisone and Atarax for symptoms. I am an ICU nurse so I knew right away what it was. I have never had any reaction to soaps before.

So many similarities
by: Anonymous

I just read all of the posts regarding Gain. I'm appalled that this is still on the shelves! I have spent several hundred dollars on doctor visits and prescriptions believing I had scabies or bed bugs. I'm absolutely disgusted in this company. I've been suffering for months and have recently went back to all free and clear. Hope it works.

I feel so sick
by: Anonymous

I bought the Gain detergent because it was on sale. After a week i started itching head to toe. Difficulty breathing, very uncomfortable. I thought I ate something that gave me this reaction. But I found out its the detergent. Who knows whats in there.

Bleeding welts
by: Anonymous

So glad I found this site because I thought I was going crazy. I have bleeding welts all over my body. Started as small, red, itchy dots on my skin which now are bleeding scars. I had used Gain detergent for years and starting using the Flings a couple of months ago. My skin problems started at this time. So glad I decided to check on the internet today about the correlation between Gain and skin problems. I am taking action tomorrow.

by: Steve 2017

We have been using Gain for some time. The latest batch made me break out from head to toe, first itching than red spots like chicken pox, then blisters and more sores. Three visits to the ER, it dawned on me the label was different. My drain smells real nice, itching is slowly going away. Still have the sores, will take some time.

Husband suffering from use
by: Monica

I tried Gain because it was on sale and an economical alternative to our usual unscented Kirkland brand. The second I opened it I knew I'd made a mistake. The stench was overpowering, how do people think that is a good healthy smell?I decided to just use it to get rid of it. After about three to four months of use(huge bottle), my husband has broken out in horrible itchy rashes, tiny blisters, welts, and eczema triggered on elbows, neck, chest, and leg. We thought maybe it was heat induced but he'd never had this kind of reaction to summer weather before. The only major change we've made is the laundry detergent, and after having read many of these comments, and my daughter telling us about her friend's dad going through the same thing with Gain, the answer is clear. How this product can continue to be on the market is beyond me.

by: Stacey

I have used Gain on and off for years. I started back using this about 3 weeks ago and I am itching everywhere. My daughter just told me that she had started itching. I love the smell but its not worth this.

Horrible Itching Hives
by: Anonymous

I normally use Arm and Hammer detergent but bought Gain because it was on sale. I've used it in the past and never had any issues but this time around I broke out in hives all over my arms and now its spreading to my hands. It's very painful and to the point where hydro cortisone cream isn't even helping anymore. I will not ever buy Gain again.

by: Jess

As soon as someone opens a jug of gain the smell can hit me in any room of the house. It starts with throat irritation, followed by itchy eyes. My throats itches, it feels hard to breathe, I get congested, I feel faint. By this time I usually figure out how to get away from the smell- which means I literally have to leave the premises most of the time. I don't think that people understand that it's not the smell we are bother by, it's the junk it puts into the air, the chemicals and particles. I despise gain and wish it would go away. It makes my life miserable.

OMG The itch is driving me insane
by: Lisa in Racine

Gain Fabric softener sheets are horrid!! A few weeks ago I developed a rash on my arms. I was itchy on most of my body but my arms really showed the rash. Wouldn't go away. Was getting worse until I could't sleep in the middle of the night because I had to wake up to scratch. I like to wrap myself in my comforter and I think that made it worse (it was dried with the Gain sheet). Ruled out anything else (no new lotions, foods, etc.) and looked on our dryer and noticed the Gain sheets. I vaguely remember buying them, must have been on sale but I'm allergic to Tide so normally I would avoid Gain since they are the same company. Sure enough, that's the culprit. Washed all the towels, bedding, and my clothes with a bit of vinegar in the wash to get rid of the Gain on the items. Rash started to get better (Claritin-D, putting all kinds of cremes on, took a few steroid pills) but it keeps trying to come back; gets so ithcy I want to scratch my skin off. Looks and feels terrible. My son said it looks like my goosebumps are bleeding. Waiting for the Gain toxins to come out of my body so this rash will go away. My mom is also allergic to Tide and Gain. I should have remembered to not buy it. Ugh.

soooo sick
by: Anonymous

I have been so sick from breathing my coworkers detergent. I don't know if it is Gain because he won't tell me. He got pissed off because I ask him to change to something that was better for the environment and for people. He gets near me and the sickening smell makes me nauseous, my throat and nose burns, eyes get red and watery. I now leave the room until he leaves and then I can return. I use Seventh Generation and have no chemicals in my house. Perfume gives me a migraine. We have a right to breathe quality air and something needs to be done about these companies that are poisoning us. None of us know what is in these products. I now wear a respirator when I take my dog out to pee because the neighbors in my apartment building are filling the air with sickening dryer sheets. How are we to live in this toxic stew they are creating? May God help us.

New Gain hyperallergenic?
by: Steve

We have bought Gain liquid laundry detergent from Costco for many years, but in the last few weeks my son has been itching and getting rashes. We bought a different brand of hypo-allergenic detergent and he’s fine with that. I can only assume Gain made a change in their formula. Anyone else have a similar experience?

by: Anonymous

My daughter and my grandson began breaking out in what looked like some kind of bite. She had washed her sheets in Gain and eventually we thought it may be bedbugs. Exterminator told her it was not that. Their bites were on his torso and on her face and arms and hands. He just had one that looked like a bite on his finger. She had switched to Gain detergent recently. This is horrifying! With all these posts on this site why is that company still selling detergent? She now has doctor bills because of this! This is NO SMALL MATTER!

it was the damn soap
by: Mia S

Several years ago we bought a bottle of Gain detergent at Costco.

A few weeks later I suddenly started getting ridiculously itchy and then began to break out in a crazy rash.

I don't know if I saved any of the photos I took at the time but it was all over my legs, my arms and my eyes were practically swollen shut from it.

I went to the clinic and she prescribed a cream for my eyes that helped and suggested we think about new products we were using that could have caused it.

It had been more than a month since we bought the soap so I didn't immediately connect it. It wasn't until I was traveling for work. I was at my hotel and going crazy with the itching so I threw off my pajamas and slept naked, because initially the coolness of the sheets on my skin felt really good.

I woke up in the morning and I was feeling so much better that it suddenly came to me that it was the damn soap.

Sure enough when I got home I washed everything I owned in scent-free, dye free Tide with a vinegar rinse, and within a few days the rash was gone entirely.

I haven't had any issues ever since until this last week when we were travelling and the hotel sheets gave me the same flare up. I ended up sleeping in head to toe covering and wrapped the hotel pillow with our own beach towel that had been washed at home.

I would love to know what the ingredient is that is causing this reaction so I can avoid it better. So far Tide free is still working for me at home.

by: Herson Padilla

I absolutely love Gain. It smells very good, cleans awesome, but I have a severe reaction on my foot from it. When I took my socks off it smells like nothing big game and my foot is swollen.

Gain is hazardous to my health- when used by others
by: Sher

I personally must use unscented, free & clear detergents. BUT I get ill just being around others who was their clothes with GAIN. Co-workers etc. I had a cable tech as my house for several hours who reeked of Gain and it made me ill. At the theatre, if someone sits next to me with Gain on their clothes I have to move when possible or risk asthma attack. SO hard to avoid and others don't realize how debilitating it can be for sufferers. I could put Downy and other scented dryer sheets in this same category.

Sorry Gain!
by: Rose Kovac

I bought Gain laundry detergent for the first time. Before I knew it I started developing an itch on my breasts and chest area. Not thinking that it may be my detergent, I continued to use Gain for several more weeks. Within those few weeks I developed itches around my waist, groin, hips and lower back. Unfortunately I will not be able to use Gain anymore. I will go back to Purex or Tide. At first I was paranoid that something else was wrong with me, but I realized it was just my detergent. Sorry Gain!

Gain was part of why I quit work
by: Anonymous

Gain makes my asthma get seriously bad. My nose burns when someone who has used it is anywhere near me. I react instantly and my lungs react and I have had many serious attack from it. It makes whole rooms smell, furniture smell and has caused me many problems. I stopped going to my place of worship due to a family who used Gain. Two coworkers continued to use it and despite a scent free policy, I could never get progress on them making changes. The pervasiveness of Gain is awful. I have trouble when people do laundry and I walk my dog. There is something wrong with it needing to be so strong that it causes serious life threatening problems for others like myself with asthma. I know other people with similar reactions to Gain. Regular Tide, Bounce, Unstoppables, Downy are bad too. I see no need for scent to last like that, get into furniture fibres, etc especially when so many facilities are now scent free.

Itchy and scratchy show
by: Anonymous

We use Gain and I have these lil bumps all over my body especially in my arm pit and inner elbow and back of my neck they itch like crazy. Is laundry detergent really to blame? I can’t believe it being an issue but now after seeing so many testimonials I’m thinking it’s the Gain. I’m so sick of itching.

Itching like a dog with fleas
by: Jason

Where do I start? One beautiful morning I woke up, got a shower and put on my work clothes on, and within five minutes the Itching began. Oh did it ever, all day. The next day same thing. I’m starting to think I have something wrong, so I asked my wife did you change laundry detergent? She states, no I’m still using Gain, which I have used for years. At that point I’m thinking maybe I’m crazy, but it continues day after day, week after week, until I had enough. I tell her do not buy this detergent ever again. I’m starting to think she was trying to kill me. After I dumped 3 gallons out she realized I was serious, so the 4th gallon she took to a friend at her work. The next week the friend's husband texted her and says, oh my gosh, I’m itching so bad, did you change laundry detergent? Come to find out they have changed the recipe for Gain. Do not buy unless you want to scratch your skin off.

Very allergic to odor
by: Arthur

I am very allergic to the odor of Gain laundry detergent. It effects my nervous system, I become confused, cannot think, agitation, sick headache, breathing problems. It takes hours for this to stop effecting my body. Gain should be banned. I have talked to other people around me that are also allergic to this and other brand name laundry detergents and fabric softeners. It is getting very hard for me to go anywhere. Shopping or eating out, even to Church, because so many people are now using these toxic laundry detergents.

Horrible stuff
by: Debbie

I can't even go to our local Dollar General because they sell Gain laundry soap and the whole store smells of your soap, which causes me a major reaction. My granddaughter works there and smells of your products when she comes home and has to change clothes as soon as possible. WHY DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE SUCH STRONG SCENTS TO YOUR SOAP?????? REALLY. MAJOR BAD!!!!!!!!

Violently allergic to Gain and Tide and dryer sheets
by: James

I become violently ill when exposed to ANY of that scented laundry soap. Gain in particular. My eyes water and I get very sick to stomach and in the end belch violently as my body tries to rid itself of this horrible smell. Why does anyone want to smell like that? It's revolting!!

Stop putting toxic ingredients in products!
by: Anonymous

I noticed a different smell on people I came in contact with a few months ago. Within a few minutes of exposure to the smell, my eyes water and I get a headache. I finally asked a friend what laundry detergent she used. She said Gain. A person sitting in front of me at a show must have used Gain; I had to breathe through my shirt in order to stay at the show. I left with a headache. The person to the left of me had to leave. Stop putting toxic ingredients in products!

by: Ms. Marshall

It makes my nose run it makes me cough and sneeze

won't buy again
by: Anonymous

I ran out of laundry detergent and purchased the liquid
Gain which I haven’t used in years. After washing pajamas, went to bed and woke up with the bottom of my feet itching, also my hands. I couldn’t sleep for two nights, then my lips swelled up. So I called the dermatologist who said to go directly to ER. Which I did. They pumped me full of prednisone and Benadryl and released me after 3 hrs with a script for same at home. Itching stopped but lips still somewhat swollen and peeling. Very uncomfortable. Will not buy it ever again. It should be taken off shelves.

Rash over entire body
by: Lindsey

I had the same experience with this Gain detergent. Full on rash of tiny bumps all over my arms, hands, back, stomach legs and tops of my feet. It eventually moved to my neck as well. Never have I been so uncontrollably itchy. Ended up getting a steroid shot and prescribed prednisone. Terrible!!!

Rash from detergent
by: Sandra

I was a long time Tide user and decided to use gain for a load of laundry due to the wonderful smell.... BAD IDEA! I woke up with a rash on my face and hands which then lead to my legs and thighs and upward to my chest over the week. Extremely itchy and made it extremely uncomfortable to do almost anything. Rewashed all clothes an bedding ALL free and clear with and extra wash and rinse. Since then my rash has gone away and the itching has subsided. Don’t use gain if you have sensitive skin.

Gain original
by: Brooklyn

I was itching for two days straight and had no idea why. I realized I had just washed what I was wearing. I have never itched so much in my life or tried so hard not to scratch I ended up with huge welts everywhere.

Kills me
by: Anonymous

A co worker gives me an asthma attack ever time i work with her. She refuses to not use it!

Itch from Gain pods
by: Anonymous

I’ve been itching for two weeks especially in my face ... only changes are the new gain pods.

by: Chanel

I've been getting hives for the past two weeks and I think the chase of it is the gain the decent kind I been back in forth to the hospital and they don't know the reason but I know it have to be the gain I'm broken out now as I type this

This product should be banned.
by: Sarah

This product should be banned. It makes me sick for hours after exposure to it. It is a sin that this company gets away with polluting the environment with this toxic waste.

This product contributed to my quitting my job and causes serious asthma reactions
by: Anonymous

I strongly believe Gain is toxic. I know several people who have serious breathing difficulties from the scent. I have trouble whenever anyone who uses Gain is in a room where I am. The scent permeates the air outside when people do laundry and burns my airways and causes asthma attacks. It stays on furniture such that if you sit after someone else wearing Gain has, the scent gets on one's clothing. Gain has led me to reduce where I go and the things I can do. I complained to the company and they really do not care.

by: Anonymous

To start off I always wondered if I were the only one who had an allergic reaction to Gain Laundry Soap. So I am here to share what my experience is. Gain makes me break out into HIVES that itch tremendously. Smells great, but I cannot seem to use it on any of my clothes. I can't even have anyone use Gain in my washer because it's residue remains there and catches onto my clothes. Oh! Did I mention anyone who hugs me with a recent shirt washed in Gain on, makes me break out into HIVES. I wouldn't recommend this to people who have sensitive skin.

tiny bumps all over arms and thighs
by: Kadyn

I always pretty much concluded I’m allergic to heavily scented soaps and detergents so I always buy hypoallergenic body wash and found that tide pods are a good match for me. However, it’s been so long that I figured, f**k it. Maybe the detergent wasn’t the problem. Let’s buy gain. It smells better and is cheaper. Well here I am with tiny bumps all over my arms and thighs lol. What do I do now with this whole bag of gain? Maybe I will stick it through.

anxiously awaiting to see if the itching stops
by: Anonymous

We just invited a friend to stay with us after losing her home due to hurricane Michael. She laundered her clothes with gain detergent. Since then I began itching all over my body and posted on Facebook if anyone in the area of the hurricane had begun itching. it was suggested that maybe fiberglass from insulation floating around the air could be causing my itching. After much thought I remembered that my son had an allergic reaction a few years ago with the same symptoms and once he stopped using gain his itching stopped. We are now using a different detergent and I am anxiously awaiting to see if the itching stops.

by: Anonymous

I just started using gain detergent because it was on sale. Bad move because my eczema flared out! Now I have to rewash all my clothes, pillow covers, bed sheets, towels, comforters...ugghhh!!!

I have asthma and can no longer use
by: Dee

Gain was the only detergent I was able to use because of my allergies and asthma. TIDE gives me a rash and sends me into a coughing fit if I wash my clothes in it. SO I turned to original Gain. Was very happy with it for a long time until the change...Now I have to wash and rinse my clothes at least 3 times before I can wear them with out my nose and bronchial tube flaring up. Now on the search for a new product. Gain you suck.

Use caution when using this product.
by: Anonymous

I LOVED the smell of Gain Laundry detergent. However, I have never itched so much before in my life. I have NO KNOWN allergies, either. I broke out in hives the first day. 2nd day the palms of my hands itched, became very red. They were painful. I had never had anything like this happen to me before. I had to be treated at Urgent Care. I will be throwing this out and re-washing all my loads.

Use caution when using this product.

hands and feet swell up and itch. It almost feels like my skin is on fire
by: Anonymous

I have developed the same reactions from the chemicals in this product. It's the only laundry product out there that does it. Whatever is in it makes my hands and feet swell up and itch. It almost feels like my skin is on fire when I come into contact with this products oil residue. I do the know if it's the scent or softening agents, but this product should be evaluated for meds concerns.

wicked hives
by: Anonymous

So I think I might be allergic to Gain, because I just started using it, and I have wicked hives where I washed with your detergent, but no hives where I wore clothes that were not washed by Gain. It is starting to spread everywhere which is a little more than concerning, and I was wondering if anyone knew if the Gain effect would wash off in the shower, so that my hives would go away faster.

Horrible rash and itching
by: Linda Cassell

I broke out in red blisters and have never itched this badly. Nothing helped, not Benedryl or creams. Only started after I bought new washer that required use of HE detergent. What else can I use?

original scent allergy
by: Lori

I also seem to have an allergy to gain original scent. The fragrance makes my eyes, nose, and throat itch and water. I wish I could find out what is in the fragrance that I'm allergic to!

immediate reaction
by: Robin

For years I had been using Tide or Era. I recently tried Gain, which turned out to be a horrible decision. I started itching and developed a terrible rash immediately.

Sick after one load
by: Diane

My husband decided to try Gain because he wasn't sure all the fragrance free detergents I used were working well. As soon as he did one load of his laundry, I had sudden sneezing, itchy eyes and sore throat. My face feels like I have a sunburn, lips feel swollen, tongue and throat hurts and chest feels tight. Thankfully, Benadryl seems to be helping. We have all the windows open( it's 30 degrees out) and we're rewashing his clothes. What can we do about this? It's so horrible that so many people have been seriously affected.

Asthma ?
by: Gladys Richardson

I’ve been using Gain for a couple of years and like it. But a few months ago I started whizzing and went to the doctor. My whizzing was very bad that day. Doctor didn’t ask me anything but handed me a puffer and said to use as needed. It made me feel better but returned as soon as a went to bed. i had just put on clean sheets that morning. So I put two and two together took the bed apart and rewashed all the bedding in oxy cleaner.,rinsed well and guess what? Then the next few days the whizzing went away and it’s been gone ever since. It sure feels good to take a deep breath and no whizzing. no asthma after all. It’s now been two months and I feel so much better! There’s so many kids that have asthma symptoms and I wonder maybe it’s these strong detergents and softeners. I went out and bought a no fragrance deterrent and softener. It’s all good now.

Smells good, but I think I’m allergic
by: ACG

For the longest time my family used Tide, my mom decided to try gain because she liked the way it smelled. She used it on my clothes and not long after I put my clothes on, I was itchy, my eyes were swollen and I had a rash, it wasn’t pretty. We switched back to Tide and I was fine, I also have an allergy to Snuggle.

gives me migraines
by: Robin

When ever my neighbor (I live in a row of townhouses) uses Gain when she is doing her laundry & the dryer vent blows downwind into my backyard on my deck I go to let dog outside or just try to sit out in nice warm weather I can smell it very strongly & I get migraines and have to go in the house. Also cannot open my windows when she does her laundry (which is every morning & evening, she has a few kids.) Or if someone comes close to me who washes their clothes with Gain I get an instant migraine.

Reaction to smell from a worker in my house
by: Beverly

This morning I had a severe and unpleasant breathing and coughing reaction to a worker who entered my house to fix a boiler problem. I could smell a very strong scent on his clothes, and I asked him to move away from me, since I have asthma, allergic bronchitis, and reactive airways that were previously damaged from heavy mold exposure. I have a known reaction to various toxins and irritants that are in scented products.

I asked what detergent he uses, and he said Gain. I looked it up on the EWG Skin Deep website, and it gets an F and is known for causing respiratory conditions. I also found this site on allergies to Gain.

This worker left the house and I had to open doors and windows, and turn on a powerful Blue Blower fan to get rid of the scent molecules that remained inside my house for some time.

I hope the Gain manufacturer stops producing this product that damages the health of unsuspecting people such as myself. I also hope that workers who wear such products realize that there are people who have serious health consequences when exposed to the product. They should not be allowed to enter the homes of people such as myself, wearing this product.

Gag on Gain
by: Debbie Newbery

Every time I visit my son I find I cannot breathe on the bedding he washes in gain. All his clothing smells like it too. My throat burns and after researching other people's experience with detergents I will help him choose something better and no reactive. Gag

Stay away!!!
by: Kasha

I ran out of laundry soap
And grabbed a
Box of gain from a local store. Since then my life has Been plagued by insane rashes, hives, what seems
Like total systemic reaction breakdown. I have traced a crazy web of
Everything that I have used over the last 8 months. Everything seems
To point to this
One unfortunate purchase. I seem to be crazy oversensitive to everything chemical now. Blistering rashes! I would say don't risk this
Product for a minute. I am 8 months deep
In reoccurring blistering rashes...

allergic to new scents
by: Debra

I have been using gain original scent for years and loved it. It smelled wonderful and cleaned great. I am allergic to smells and gain original scent is the oh one that I am able to use. I am allergic to the new scent. Why did you change it.

itchy face..sneezing at night
by: Sarah

The new Original Scent Gain HE was available in small size containers. I'd always wanted to try Gain and now the price was right for my budget.

Washed comforter and blankets. When I developed itchy face..sneezing at night I suspected several hair
Or dust. Never had this problem before. It was bad enough to interfere with my sleep.

Several days later damp wiped floors and furniture and washed comforter again. Face and nose still itchy. This time I noticed the wash had an unpleasant smell when first came out of washer.

When I used other detergents could always smell the good scent while it was wet.

Last night was awake most of night with allergic reactions.

That's when I checked the web and found out others had experienced same reaction from the new Gain.

Will wash out the scent with vinegar.

skin issues
by: Cindy

I have been having skin issues and wondered if something changed in Gain's original formula. I see I am not the only one! I only use the original due to skin allergies and have never had a problem until recently. Now I guess I am going to have to try to find another detergent! Ugh! Please go back to the old formula! I loved the way my laundry smelled so fresh, and I didn't have any of these skin issues!

by: Anonymous

After using Gain Powder laundry detergent, I had the worst hives and itchy skin that lasted a few weeks. It was definitely the worst chemical reaction I've ever had.

beyond me how gain detergent is still on the shelves
by: GTN

I had a similar experience with the rest people on here. It was a few months ago that I started dating this new girl. She is a very clean and neat person and her apartment is always sparking clean and spotless. The first night I spent at her place I broke out in hives. At first, I did not pay attention and I thought it was something I ate. However, the more time I spent at her place the worse the hives outbreaks were.

As the relationship progressed I was spending more and more time with her at her place with my hives getting worse and having respiratory conditions. I went to my allergist and he prescribed antihistamines and an asthma inhaler. At some point I got depressed since my health was deteriorating rapidly. It looked like that I had a systemic allergic condition. Antihistamines did not work, and it was suggested that I might have an autoimmune condition. Long story short, I observed whenever I spent the night at my place all alone without her I would have no asthma attacks and my hives would disappear. Funny thing is when she spent the night at my place my hives were back but not as bad as when I spent the night at her place. The whole situation drove me crazy.

I discussed the situation with her and I told her that there is something in her place or something that she wears that triggers bad allergic reactions in me. FYI she and I have no pets. I am glad that she is a wonderful and considerate person. We started the elimination process starting from her perfume. After trials and tribulation, we concluded that the culprit was Gain, the detergent that she was using. Now I know that even if I walk around the apartment complex and I get exposed to the toxic fumes of Gain laundry dryer exhausts I get sick. She had to rewash her whole house with another detergent, including clothes, furniture fabric, pillows and bed sheets. No hives anymore.

I am glad that I found this blog and others concur to my findings. It is beyond me how gain detergent is still on the shelves. It can be very toxic for a great number of individuals. My guess is that this blog is only the tip of the ice berg. Can you guys imagine how many people are affected, the cost of prescription drugs, doctor’s visit, loss of work days and the mental impact that has on people?

New Gain Scent is making us feel sick.
by: Chelle

My husband and I have used Gain for a very long time. With the new scent we cannot use it anymore. We have both been sneezing and have runny noses. I have had horrible headaches. We noticed the scent changed and Neither of us like it, We can't use something if it makes us sick. At first we didn't put 2 and 2 together but I started to wonder why we feel bad. We have been together for 18 yrs and it has been a rare occasion for us to get sick. To experiment we stopped using it and we felt fine. We Used it again and felt sick again. Unfortunately unless they go back to the old scent and get rid of the freshlock which is not needed because the original scent in our clothes and blankets lasted a long time we will not buy it anymore. Unfortunately companies change an already good thing and it forces them to lose customers like us.

Amendment to previous post "Husband suffering from use"
by: Monica

After posting my last comment I feel I should amend it, as it's only fair after placing a negative review to post an update if the situation changes. It turns out the rash my husband suffered was from severe food intolerance and we can not make a definitive connection it was related to the Gain laundry detergent. The detergent itself may be fine for us to use except that I will never be able to tolerate the over the top smell of the product.

Never again.
by: PREETI cornwell

Used Gain after a few years, never had this reaction to it.
Never again. Look like a strawberry gone wrong.
What have they done changed formula or was just a bad batch.

by: Anonymous

2 doctor visits 2 shots, steriods, and sleeping aides I advise anyone not to use anything made by Gain! I have never in my life suffered so much from using a product! I was only using the gain detergent beeds just a few in the washer... I broke out in hives from head to toe! 2 days off work because the only relief I could get was with meds that make me so groggy and sleepy I couldn’t work! I’m on day 5 and I’m just starting to get some relief! This product should be investigated immediately. I’m 34 never been allergic to anything in my life but Gain! There has to be some awfully toxic ingredients in it!

Toxic Bomb
by: Carla Siqueland

My daughter brought in a big basket of freshly cleaned clothes... And the stench of Gain. I was busy and not paying attention. I went to sleep with that funky chemical stench and then I woke up this morning feeling like I needed to go to the ER. My lungs are full of fluid and I sound like a hooker. Having a terrible time breathing. This is really scary. And I know that it makes me this sick. It's not supposed to be in the house. This stuff is criminal. This chemical pneumonitis. This product is criminal.

same horrible reaction
by: Erika

I damn near thought i contracted limes disease or some type of poison ivy until i remembered my gf telling me about her child getting rashes from gain when we were shopping together getting detergent at walmart to not buy it, well i bought it anyway and then got these rashes all over my arms and legs even my stomach. it dawned on me its the gain too then. tropical sunrise stay away. not sure if the moonlight fragrance is going to do this to me too but its def from this.

Itching for a month
by: Anonymous

I had recently moved and thought I had bed bugs come to realize it was my laundry detergent and the softener that I was using. I was using gain lavender scented detergent and Downy unstoppable fabric softener. Just for anyone out there the unstoppables by Downy please do not use that if you are allergic to scented products. That product made me break out so badly.

Once I got rid of that my hives seemed to improve but then they still were there and had to do a second round of steroids to deal with the itching. Only because I had to figure out it was my laundry detergent as well. So today I finally did a load of laundry with Arm and hammer dye free no perfumes for sensitive skin it says and using downy free and clear softener. First time I can say I do not itch anymore and what a miracle.

Stop using this and Downy upstoppables which is in the family of gain !!!
by: Anonymous

The first time I figured out I was allergic to Gain I was over at my best friends house and every time I left to come home I would itch and I felt like I couldn’t breathe also my nose would run ! So I finally figured out I was allergic !! So today I found out to stop using Unstoppables from Downy because the same thing just happened with that so beware guys!

Very scary incident
by: Donna

I have been using gain. When I purchased a new bottle and didn’t pay attention to the "+auroma boost". I began itching so bad on my hands and arms. I could not even bend my fingers as they were so swollen to twice their size. I ended up at the emergency room for the pain and itching. The next day went to the dermatologist. At this time I did not know the problem. Two days later I went back to the emergency room because I had hives and swelling on my eye lids and ears. My whole face was tingling. When I returned home I checked my detergent and realized that had to be the problem. I re-washed everything I had washed since I had bought it and have not had a problem since. A very scary incident.

Had to go to the Hospital, very Sick, me and husband
by: Anonymous

Very itchy. Never know why, spend lots money on creames lots prescriptions insurances don’t pay another day went hospital I had a very big Hematoma inside of me because wash my under clothes had the see O B Y G N Doct had take lots meds end had the be operated suffered so much till find the point is because change soap the stupid Gain still had the itch please don’t use if u don’t want get sick like me I C from Mass

it burns my lungs and eyes
by: Anonymous

I use scent free detergents and I work with people who use Gain and other scented laundry products. The smell from them immediately burns my eyes and lungs cause my asthma to start. Please stop this company from making this awful product.

same experience
by: Anonymous

My roommate and I had the exact same experience. At first thought it was bug bites because we were staying in a new place, but we never saw any bugs and finally figured out it was the detergent. I think Gain may have changed their formula, because I didn't used to be allergic to it.

Gain gives me breathing problems
by: Anonymous

I do not wear Gain, but when my kids comes over they use gain detergent. It makes me have breathing issues. Please Gain Company, stop adding ingredients that cause people to have breathing issues. Go back to plain gain. Else the whole family has to stop using it.

by: Anonymous

I concur with all the above comments. I have used Gain for many years and I have had no issues. I noticed about 2 months ago I started experiencing a lot of itching and my skin would break out in blotches everywhere. It didn’t start out bad at first but as time went on it got worse. I had not changed anything and was going crazy trying to figure out what was wrong with me. My husband finally noticed a red ring around the back of my neck where my t shirt collar was he finally figured it out it was my clothes which was about a week ago now. I took all that off and put on a new T shirt he just bought and finally the red rashes started going away. I went and bought All free and clear and I’m currently in the process of rewashing everything I’m still getting the red blotches when I put anything on I have not re- washed but doing research I have found it can take a few weeks for your skin to clear. I’m going to go to the dr as well to try to get some medicine for the relief of itching and hives and hopefully this will go away soon. I will never touch Gain again... they must have changed something as my daughter even noticed a smell change and can’t stand it. I was using the Gain original scent so not sure what is in it but must be toxic for this many comments to be posted all saying the same. So glad I found this site made me feel like it was not just me it’s the chemicals in the powder. This is 2019 so not sure when all the other posts are but just since March of this year did I notice this horrible reaction it’s now June and I’m trying to get this gone and feel better work in progress currently.

Itching rash all over body
by: Stacey

I recently switched to Gain because it was on sale. I’m now covered in a rash from head to toe. I thought I had poison ivy but after a Medrol dose pack and extended amount of prednisone 15 days after that I still have a rash, large hives, dry skin, burning pain around my waist and other areas that are not so comfortable. I’ve never been so miserable in my life. I almost thought mentally I was losing it.

Rash & very sore
by: Anonymous

I started using gain original a few days ago. Two days later, my private area was driving me crazy with itch & soreness. Nowhere else did it bother me, but will have to go see Dr.

Had to wash everything all over again, as that had to be the culprit. I can’t believe this laundry soap is not tested more throughly.

Possible allergy
by: Tara

I used Gain before and was itchy but thought I'd try it again. I been using the gain pods now but now I have scalp acne never had it before could it be a allergy to it if so how do I fix it.

Me too
by: Anonymous

Exactly. This very detergent!! It is painful and won’t go away. It gets worse when I am in the sun. It is on my waist and arms. I have never in my life had allergic reaction to anything, but this is actually leaving scars.

Contact Dermatitus
by: Lexi

Broke out in what started out as a rash, then turned into whelps, then turned into blisters. All this across my back and chest. Went to the doctor and it turns out it’s from Gain. I wish I could tell the world not to use it. My doctor told me to use All tide free and I have to rewash every piece of fabric in my house. HORRIBLE experience

Update to Previous Post
by: Monica

It's only fair and responsible that I provide an update to my previous post about my husband's horrible reaction to Gain, as we quit using the detergent and his symptoms persisted. After seeing a naturopathic doctor and having blood work done, it turned out the reaction was due to severe food sensitivities. He ate only non-reacting foods for 6 months and the symptoms were alleviated. I think it's safe to say that Gain was not the culprit in this instance, although it still could have exacerbated the issues, and I will never be able to tolerate the scent of it.

Severe Allergic Reaction to Gain Citrus
by: Anonymous

I just returned home from two nights in the hospital after a severe allergic reaction to Gain Citrus. I have used Tide for over 30 years and decided to try Gain. That was a very bad idea. I woke up one morning with extreme itching and hives. By about 2:00 pm I started running a fever of over 101 degrees, chills, body aches, sore throat, and just felt terrible. I felt like I was coming down with the flu. I couldn’t even get out of bed. The next thing I know, my entire face and neck are swollen, and my throat was closing up and couldn’t breathe. I felt so bad and had to make myself get up and go to ER. They immediately hooked me to an IV with benedryl, steroids, fluids and gave me an epinephrine injection. I spent the next two days connected to IV getting meds and fluids. I now have to take steroids for the next two weeks. I know two other people who have had the same severe allergic reaction after using Gain Citrus. Something needs to be done about this dangerous detergent. This was a very scary experience. I was lucky that I went to the ER when I did.

Please use natural laundry products!
by: Anonymous

"A University of Washington study of top-selling laundry products and air fresheners found the [laundry] products emitted dozens of different chemicals. All six products tested gave off at least one chemical regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal laws, but none of those chemicals was listed on the product labels."

"Chemicals included acetone, the active ingredient in paint thinner and nail-polish remover; limonene, a molecule with a citrus scent; as well as acetaldehyde, chloromethane and 1,4-dioxane."

"Manufacturers are not required to list the ingredients used in laundry products and air fresheners."

Most people do not pay attention to what they're actually being exposed to on a daily basis. What's worse, they're forcing others to be exposed by using this stuff. It's toxic!

by: Allie

I tried Gain for the first time yesterday, omg I put on fresh laundered clothes and within 30 minutes. I had itchy welts all over especially where garments touched most skin, it was so bad I jumped in bath of baking soda, popped two Benadryl. Still have some redness and itch but definitely better. Rewashed clothes in All free detergent. Lesson learned, I'm sticking with the detergent I've used before.

I highly DO NOT recommend.
by: Anonymous

I started using Gain because I loved the smell but after a few weeks I had a huge breakout of what looked like huge red hives and they started to itch and burn. It definitely wasn't worth buying the product for the smell because I had to buy benadryl, reactine, calamine lotion, and I had to rewash all of my laundry including my towels, bedding, and all of my clothes. I highly DO NOT recommend.

Extreme itching
by: Dbo

Switched to Gain and developed extreme itching starting on my scalp and migrating over my entire body. I scratched to the point of bleeding. We have switched back to All Free Clear.

Awful itching and pain
by: James Kar

I have used Gain for years, just the regular. My mother told my niece, 9years old, to go get her a bottle of Gain washing powder from Kroger. My mother started laundry with the liquid in bottle, I always fold all clothing. After showering, putting on clean clothing, I began to see red marks all in the lower in back section. I had to get out of the bed from itching. I looked at the bottle of the next sat and it was gain with Aloha. I went to the doctor and been treating for the last seven days. This product should be taken off the market. I don't want anymore Gain Aloha.

Gain makes me sick, burns my nose
by: Anonymous

Gain detergent and dryer sheets make my nose burn and give me bad headaches, along with throat swelling. I drive a school bus and all the kids are using it now and I literally can't breathe. It's bad chemicals for your lungs!

Nose burns with sore throat
by: Maureen

I had a sore throat and burning nose for weeks. I didn't have a cold or flu. I thought maybe the perfume of my recent laundry because Gain is quite strong. I changed my pillow case to one that had been in the cupboard and sure enough, symptoms went away.

by: Angel

I have eczema and I’ve tried Gain before and would be itchy, but this time around it’s gotten even worse. My fiancé bought it and I just went ahead and used it not thinking anything of it, and a few days later my eczema flared up like no other! I mean I was itching like a flock of mosquitoes had a blood sucking family reunion on my whole body! It got so bad that I was breaking out in areas I never broke out before, areas where I can’t even reach to scratch! And that’s annoying by the way. I switched to another detergent and what do you know? No more itchiness; and this is only the first night! Gain smells good I’ll give you that, but it’s something in the product that isn’t allergy friendly.

Island Breeze Gain
by: Tanya

Have used original scent Gain for years. Unknowingly, I picked up a bottle of Island breeze. This was six weeks ago. It’s been a horrible six weeks since. I’ve been to the doctor, allergist, everybody. Could not figure out what was causing the rash. The other day the bottle was empty. As I was carrying it to the trash I took a closer look and realized that I had purchased Island breeze instead of original scent. What a nightmare! I have no idea which clothes I’ve washed in that island breeze and which ones I have it. It’s just hit or miss. It’s a constant dose of anti-histamines every day. I’ll never make that mistake again.

The smell is overwhelming
by: Anonymous

I have difficulty even walking into the laundry aisle, with all the fragrances, but Gain is the worst. Yesterday, I went to Dollar General and as soon as the door opened, all I could smell was Gain. After 15 minutes, I had to leave as my sinuses had swollen. With all of the awareness of scents bothering MANY people, I cannot understand why PG seems to be making Gain scented everything. I am now so sensitized to it, I can smell it on co-workers, in the air when my neighbor's dryer is venting and in confined spaces. Please stop with the hyper-scenting of all products!

So over this itch
by: Nancy

I have been using the same detergent for a long time without any problem. A week ago, I switched my laundry soap to the Gain Original Scent because it smelled so good. Then, I started itching all over my body, especially on my torso, buttocks and back of my thighs. The itching, redness, welts, and bumps gets worse when I start scratching. I’ve taken Benadryl and loratadine which helps, but makes me very sleepy so I cannot use them round the clock because I have a job and I don’t want to be dozing off while driving also. I have used calamine lotion and tea tree oil as well, then the cycle starts again when the effect is gone. I am so over this.

How long until this suffering ends?

Gain Detergent Irritation on legs
by: Anonymous

I've never scratched so much in my life. I work in a Plant and have to wear steel toe boots with Tube socks. My legs under the tube socks are covered with red rash that nothing completely stops the itch. I have clawed till there are sores. I will never use this product again.

both the detergent and the fabric softener
by: Walker

I used this detergent in the past and ended up in urgent care with a bad rash. I wasn't quite sure it was the Gain, so I tried it again later. Same reaction. I used this on some sheets in my guest bedroom. My company said they've never itched so much in their life. Now I know it's the Gain. Smells great but it can be allergenic.

Gain is Not for me
by: Philip

My wife loves Gain, but as for me I break out from it. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who has experienced my skin breaking out from this poisonous product. It’s hard to believe they continue to sell it.

Gain is of the Devil
by: Anonymous

The "scent", aka as multiple chemicals, causes me to feel so sick that I have to flee the scene of the assault. I would say that many of the chemicals in this product have been banned in other countries and would be in the USA if manufacturers had to list them on their products. They can get away with poisoning the public by hiding behind proprietary fragrance ingredients. It's time that we stand up to these polluters and demand they use only safe and natural fragrances in their products. BTW, if you really clean your clothes in the first place, you don't need a super-strong perfume to make them smell "clean."

Surprised by Gain!
by: Anonymous

I have used Gain for years. Recently though I started itching where ever the clothes touch. My feet from socks, bra line, underwear, all clothes. I thought maybe it was the recent cold spell, however, I did just buy Gain liquid, Aroma Boost. The itching is horrible. I finally determined that my face didn't itch nor my neck. But the neck down to my toes. Then, it dawned on me to check out the Gain (after about 2 weeks of itching) Then I found this site. I am rewashing now in Tide Free & Clear. My sinuses have been off the chart too and asthma like symptoms. Now I know. Thank you for this forum! Gain should be reported and investigated. This is serious.

Hives, Itching all over
by: Sue

12/2020- I just bought a bottle of Gain w/hydro burst about 3 weeks ago. I didn't think any of it. I have used Gain for years. Well I started to break out with little red bumps, rashes and itching all over, neck down. Miserable. Sneezing and coughing alot. After several weeks I finally thought of the Gain, because anywhere my clothes touched is where I itched.

Then I googled Gain/Rashes and this forum came up. So glad I did. I am rewashing in All Clear/Pure. The itching is getting much better now. I will be glad when it goes away completely.

I now learned that the formula has been changed. So thankful for this forum. Best of luck to everyone.

Thought I had some kind of disease
by: Anonymous

Omg I'm not alone and no disease thank you Lord, after reading these comments then I know for sure my itching and red bumps on my legs and arms is from Gain original. Been a month since I purchased but I'll go back to Tide and will definitely warn my mother to stay away in case she wants to try it.

Full Body Rash + Nauseating Smell
by: GainThis

This stuff REEKS & has caused my legs, chest and arms to break out in the itchiest red bumpy rash ever. It's nearly as bad as Chickenpox in terms of how bad it itches! Even my mother who tends to downplay my complaints about smells and other sensory things cannot tolerate the strong odor and has agreed to stop using it.

The lower half of my body is bloody from scratching so much. I don't know what's in this stuff but it's not normal and should be removed from the market. I see a class action lawsuit in Gain's future.

Don't use it!
by: Patricia Culp

I purchased Gain laundry soap for the first time and the last time. I woke up the next day with an itch out of this world, from my head to my toes, it lasted for three weeks. I figured it out, it was the laundry soap because that was the only thing new in the house. I washed everything and finally I start to feel better. However a few days later my nephew woke up with his neck, arms, hands red and swollen and eyes swollen shut, we had to rush him to emergency. They gave him two shots of Benadryl and cortisone shots plus epinephrine. Prescribed several different medications plus an epinephrine pin and took him off work. He's still swollen, we are just waiting and keeping an eye on him at all time to make sure he doesn't stop breathing. Do Not Buy This Soap, It's not worth the trouble.

Hives on my son!
by: Anonymous

My son developed hives and they’re not going away. I have always used Gain and had no problems. But now I noticed the container says "now with scent booster." I am going to try another detergent. This is a nightmare.

Bad for Seniors
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your post. My Dad has had a horrible experience with this detergent, and he won't stop using it. I knew he had switched detergents as soon as he developed the rash. Has been coughing a lot as well. He is so stubborn and won't stop using it. His doctor just keeps prescribing medication.

by: Evas

I had to try several times to make sure it was the laundry soap. It was**

I like Gain soap but it makes me dizzy for a long time.

I had to start using my setting on my washing machine to rinse 2xs. My bed sheets especially.

Bad Rash
by: Chris

I used Gain with Aroma Boost and I have never used it before and I broke out in a hell of a rash from head to toe. This is not fun at all!!!!!! Take it off the market.

by: C. Taylor

I had to ask my daughter to quit using Gain as the smell made me sick to my stomach when she visited.

Eczema rash very bad
by: Anonymous

Mother friend helped clean clothes with this and I tried it on. I started itchy with red blotches. I didn’t know what going on until I realized it is the detergent.

allergic reaction if I walk into a house that uses it
by: McGallian Linell

I first noticed an issue after washing clothes at a friend's house. I began itching. I had to rewash my clothes without the detergent. If I sleep on sheets laundered with Gain I itch and can’t sleep. Now I notice an allergic reaction if I walk into a house that uses it. Without even washing my clothes in it. Something is wrong and the formula needs to change.

Gain gone cheap
by: Anonymous

It's clear Gain powder aroma boost is a strong cheap awful odor that is causing all kinds of allergic reactions. The cheaper detergent smells better. Also, I no longer buy Gain.

Horribly allergic!
by: Courtney Jones

I've never had an allergy in my life until I used this stuff and I'm 39. I've rewashed everything in my usual detergent and it still lingers in my sheets/bedsets. I get HUGE itchy welts all over my body and my lips and my eyes swell very badly. Do NOT use this stuff.

Itchy and then turned to rash
by: Thomas

I started using the Gain laundry detergent and I noticed itching on the inside of my elbow and then in other places on my body. It wasn’t just itching, it turned into a very red rash. Even a day later the skin is still red where I was scratching. I will never use this laundry detergent again.

It's poison
by: Anonymous

My whole family had a reaction to Gain. We changed to Gain and started getting rashes. We threw the unused portion away. It’s starting to clear up now. It itches bumpy and red. It was definitely Gain laundry soap. NEVER AGAIN!!!!

Allergic to smell too
by: Anonymous

I’m very allergic to Gain laundry detergent. I can’t even walk down the grocery aisle, it overwhelms me. It make me light headed and feel terrible. A lot of respiratory issues as well. I wish I knew what it was that I’m allergic too.

New P&G everlasting scents have damaged my larynx
by: forgetmenot

I hate the new P&G everlasting scents - Gain in particular. They cause me to lose my voice, give me a tremendous headache and I feel like I am getting the flu. People come to work with this stuff - the scent trails after them and long after they pass me the scent remains. In 2016 I had a scope of my larynx and it was normal - I just had surgery and nearly died on the operating table because my larynx is now so damaged that it took 5 tries to get a tube down and this is from constant reactions to laundry detergent in the workplace where many people don't care that they are causing you to be sick. Tonight I went for a walk - the air outside my home was filled with the stink from these products. Please stop using these stinky products - they are killing all of us and you too could develop an allergy just like mine.

Feel betrayed!
by: Anonymous

I’ve used Gain for years but after three weeks off of work and three trips to the ER, we called out an environmental technician to test our home for mold, bugs, allergens etc. I’m so upset that the ingredients were changed and no one knew. Swollen lymph nodes, bumps that look like bug bites, itching, wheezing, loss of sleep and anxiety attacks finally figured out the ingredients in Gain have changed. Never had an allergic reaction to detergent or fabric softener prior to this gawd awful series of events. I thought I was going crazy!!! I don’t know what they’re putting in this detergent but it needs to be removed from the market due to toxicity!!

Poison is what it is
by: Anonymous

My whole family got a rash after one use. I’m going back to my other detergent. Gain caused bumps, red, burning, itchy, puss like nodules. I have no doubt it was the detergent.

Gain pod remnants = 2nd degree burns
by: Anonymous

I’ve always loved these pods but have sometimes found the casing melted to clothing. Today, unknown to me, my uniform shirt has some remnant under the shoulder/neck area. I did a 12 hour day, noticing some discomfort after a few hours but not being able to remove clothing to look. Went to the hospital after taking all the gear off - 2nd degree burns. Bit of an unhappy camper.

Do not buy this product!
by: Lee

Do not buy this product! I was in my dentist office for an X standard period of time and it was freezing in there so they gave me two blankets. Within a very short period of time I started sneezing and I probably sneezed 50 to 100 times within the next couple hours and I rarely ever sneeze. When I got home that night my nose was running like a water faucet the entire night. Ever since then I’ve been through three different eyedrops because my eyes are all crusty and swollen. Now that I’m reading all the rest of these reviews I can understand why!

really upset me and turned my life upside down
by: Anonymous

I started a month ago with skin welts and rash all over my body. I ended up in the ER with my whole face being swollen when I put on my cloth mask that was washed in Gain. I ended up on steroids snd have to carry an Epi pen. Yesterday I used a blanket I forgot was washed in Gain and my whole face swelled up again. Back to steroids and antihistamines. I wrote to Gain, she said they will send me a $13 gift card lol. Keep your gift card, I'm out hospital and dr and prescriptions ... over 1000 now. I'm so done. Its really upset me and turned my life upside down.

by: Anonymous

Omg, I'm having the same symptoms. Please tell me after you have changed detergent it stopped? I'm so miserable with this itching and hives.

Nice scent but obviously no good for me
by: Kathy

I went to bed one night and woke up itching all over. That turned into huge hives. I quickly took an allergy tablet and got in the bath with some epsom salts. It took me awhile to realize I had just made the bed after washing the sheets with Gain fling pods. First time trying them.

Nice scent but obviously no good for me.

Major reaction
by: In North Carolina

After switching to Gain detergent my wife has developed red welts all over her body and itching.

Itchy, red rash
by: Peggy

OMG - Jennifer, I have a similar reaction and what is odd - one arm is affected and my back from shoulder blades to waist. The only common denominator is Gain detergent and/or dryer sheets. It is awful.

Allergic to Gain
by: Anonymous

January 2022 I broke out in hives from neck to feet went to doctor several times. Dr.said it was contact dermatitis at first then I was told it was eczema I knew we we’re allergic to something but just couldn’t pin point what until recently after changing Detergent "Gain" After several visits to Doctor with them really not knowing exactly what it was referred to see a Dermatologist. I would of never guessed it was the detergent that I’ve used for many years. The Hives are very itchy they haven’t went away again I’ve had them since January of 2022. It’s like my skin was burnt thank God my Son’s going away slowly but for some reason mine have yet to go away. The itching is Insane no matter what I use it doesn’t help. I’ve switched to All Clear Free about a week ago hopefully it doesn’t affect our skin. This has been a nightmare I’m praying my skin heals soon.

itchy rash with pods
by: Pat Holm

I'm trying to find out why I have a very itchy rash over my torso and neck. I was wondering if others have had skin issues with Gain. I stopped using Gain in the laundry a week ago, but still use the Gain dish soap. How long does it take to get clear skin. I hate to give up all Gain products, because I love the smell.

I couldn't understand why every time I wash my clothes I would break out in extreme bumps
by: Lamonica Hampton

At one point I started to think I was dealing with something. I was unsure if I would continue to wash my clothes with gain detergent, and it will go away for maybe 24 hours and the symptoms will come right back under my neck under my underarms, my legs, my thighs. I would break out in a little hives. This is not okay.

Itchy and scratchy show
by: Anonymous

It's more than an allergic's poison in the detergent.. They are putting too much scent into their detergent to boost sales. I've had a rash on my arms for over 2 months now. Went to urgent care and they prescribed me a hydrocortisone ointment but my rash is still there. I may have to file some type of lawsuit against them. We shall see after I see my dermatologist.

by: CC

I have used several different brands of detergents but have never experienced the overwhelming itching like I have after using Gain. I will never use them again. I don't have allergies. It is like someone has put itching powder in this product.

makes me gag
by: Anonymous

Gain laundry detergent is the most disgusting detergent there is. Can’t breathe, runny nose etc.
It makes everyone gag.

Anaphylactic Reaction
by: Anonymous

Close proximity to Gain washed articles causes me the trauma of an anaphylactic reaction. The odor actually impedes my ability to breathe.

New Gain with Aroma Boost
by: Kristi

I purchased the Gain laundry detergent three weeks ago, thinking I was getting the original Gain product. After washing a load in the detergent I wore some of the clothing the next day and I laundered my bedsheets, and of course this really made me itch terribly! The next day at work I began itching around my neck and around my back waist area. I ended up in urgent care all broken out in hives. First thing the Doctor asked, if I had changed laundry detergent? It was not util I got home that I read on the box about the added aroma boost! I have used Gain for well over 25 years. I now will never purchase it again. Go back to your original product without the aroma boost!! I've tried to find the original product. However all contain the aroma boost.

You get what you pay for
by: Roland

The following review is based on my terrible experience with "Gain liquid detergent," multiple scents. Over 6 months ago I started to have extreme redness and uncontrollable itching particularly in my waist area along with similar outbreaks on my upper arms. At first, I thought they were bug bites which was ruled out after extensive extermination had taken place which cost hundreds of dollars. I made an appointment with a doctor and was given an allergy test which cost more money. After months of discomfort and money loss I stumbled upon an article about Gain detergent and the symptoms associated with allergic reactions. These symptoms echoed mine so similarly that it was undeniable. I had been using Gain for several years which lead to me ruling the detergent out as a possibility, only to find out they changed their formula without telling the consumer. I'm currently considering my legal options. Someone should be held responsible for this.

Gain Aloha scent caused allergic reaction
by: Charles

I went to the store to pick up a few items including laundry detergent. Cheer He liquid is what I have used for years. The store was out so I picked up Gain Aloha scent, and a week later there was a trip to the ER because I was covered head to toe in hives. They prescribed steroids and Benadryl which I have been taking for a week. I went back out, got my Cheer He, and dumped all my clothes, bed sheets, towels, etc. and spent two evenings re-washing everything. I hope this fixed the issue. I haven't had a night's sleep in a week.

original scent caused reaction for daughter
by: Amanda

Myself, I'm allergic to a lot of detergents but have been able to use Gain. That being said we have always used the scents, never the original. By mistake my husband bought original pods and my daughter is having a serious reaction. What is the different between the two soaps kinds? Has Gain changed its formula recently?

new formula caused kids to break out in a rash
by: Jenny

We loved the old Gain but the new formula not only stinks, but all 4 of my kids are breaking out in a rash!!! I’m sad because it was the only detergent we would buy. I️ won’t be buying it anymore :(

couldn't stop itching
by: Red

Hubby stopped at store for me but bought the "Tropical Island" one instead of regular. Got into bed last night and couldn't stop itching. Almost went to emergency room from the itching. Got into an Epsom salt bath for half hour. Finally went down. No more Gain.

Angioedema (facial swelling)
by: David Lee

Have been getting up in the morning with my face all puffy and swollen. This is manifested in different formats, left side one time, right side the next, dark itchy bags below my eyes, swelling on the jaw line, similar to a tooth absess. There are no rashes on my skin. I am a male, 68 years of age, and have never suffered from any type of allergies before, but we just got this high efficiency washing combo and of course have switched to the HE detergents. We did the Tide and of late now on Gain with Lavender. I sleep with 3 pillows and tend to hug them all over my face as I sleep. I have spent thousands of dollars running all kind of blood tests and ultra-sound test to identify what is going on with my body. After researching on the internet I believe Gain HE with Lavender, which we just started to use when these episodes started, is the culprit.

Gain aromaboost and broke out in a rash
by: Karen

Have used Gain before but it has been awhile. Decided to try the Gain aromaboost and broke out in a rash. Can't use this one.

Cold like symptoms
by: Dan

My wife recently bought Gain dryer sheets. I have had cold like symptoms ever since.

Gain Botanicals - allergic reaction
by: Bonita

Gain botanical has me itching so bad, I’m about to go to the ER! I’ve never had an allergic reaction until I used this! My sister told me the same thing happened to her, she had to take off work for a week, it was so bad for her! OMG I WILL NEVER BUY THIS AGAIN.

Ongoing and worsening allergic symptoms
by: Karen Weaver

As my husband and I are both affected by a fairly severe case of dermatitis, laundry soap was our first guess. I had a limited choice of soap at the store we stopped at, and pick Gain. I wish I waited to buy our regular brand. About 2 weeks into it we both have developed rashes, hives and stinging open areas on our necks, torso and legs. The scent is overwhelming and increases as you rewash the laundry.

The New "Aroma Boost Scent" Really Blows
by: Paul and Wanda

My wife has been using Gain liquid laundry detergent 25 years and I have been using it for 19 years. A month ago I went the store and bought what I thought was the "Original" Gain liquid detergent and upon closer inspection of the container at home while washing clothes I discovered that the formula had changed and now contained "Aroma Boost Scent". It wasn't long after washing and drying our laundry that we began to itch. Obviously something had changed to cause this. The last time this happened it was the year 2000, when traveling back from a long trip. I had washed my clothes in another brand of laundry detergent. I developed a bad rash as a result. I immediately switched to using Gain. The rash went away! Now, the same thing is happening.

So, Makers of GAIN: Change the formula Back to the Original one BEFORE You Switched to "AROMA BOOST". If you don't--You will Loose more Customers!

by: G. Kazmer

Gain detergent gives me a severe migraine and the smell stays on the skin of anyone who uses it. It's so powerful that I can't even use a dryer at a laundromat anymore because the dryers all smell like it. Enough, Gain. ENOUGH!!! No detergent smell should ever be that cloying. It overpowers everything else in an entire room, and makes me very, very sick.

new formula causes allergies
by: Carol

I have used Gain for years and loved the smell. They switched the formula and I can no longer use it. The rash and welts are horrible and I have constant itchy skin. Sorry to say this but goodbye to Gain after at least 18 years of use. I know this is the cause of my rash because I switched to a hypoallergenic laundry detergent and rashes went away, then after a month tried Gain again and in 2 days rash is back worse then before.

FRAGRANCE may smell nice, but TOXIC to breathe in!
by: Anonymous

It's seems popular these days to smell like something other than CLEAN. Laundry product manufacturers want you to remember their scent to the detriment of healthful air quality. Apparently many have physical skin allergies to these products, I have chemical sensitivity to simply breathing the air around someone who has used them. I quickly have respiratory distress, lose my voice and depending on length of exposure, am wiped out for hours to days later. Just like exposure to second-hand smoke this un-natural fragrance is detrimental to health. Remember, canaries in the coal mines warned of unseen danger!

Allergic to Gain
by: Anonymous

I realized I was allergic to Gain when I took some of the fabric sheets and put in my car. My nose closed up and my eyes swell and water. I borrowed one of my friends shirts and knew she used Gain. Even though her shirt smelled amazing my face started swelling. I started sneezing and eyes poured water. I think I developed the allergy later because I’ve been around the detergent before.

Made me sick
by: Marilyn Young

Can't use it, been very sick from it.

No more itchy Gain for me
by: Antenice

Recently, I brought a liquid bottle of lavender scent gain. I have used it to wash twice. Last week, I was itching, but didn't pay enough attention, this week I'm going crazy with this itching. It didn't dawn on me that everything was washed in it is making me itch, from my underwear and bra, to my towel and bed linen. This is the worst feeling, I just want to stop itching! Unscented all natural detergent here I come!

by: Natasha

I've never had an allergic reaction to detergent my entire life. I usually use a knock off version of Tide flings but decided to try Gain instead. I tried the Gain HE original scent and the Gain flings with oxi and febreze. I can't say which Gain did it but I had the worst allergic reaction and ended up at urgent care on steroids and 2 antihistamines. Awful experience.

So sorry so many people have experienced this. I'm finally on the mend after a week. Missed 3 days of work on top of it all! I emailed p&g. I hope many of you did as well! I rewashed everything in ALL free & clear and so far so good. But after seeing all the chemicals in detergents now I'm looking for even more non toxic stuff.

body has a rash and won't stop itching
by: Stephanie

I have used Gain forever and never had issues until recently. I purchased a different scent, this is a new scent for us to try, and my body has a rash and won't stop itching. I'm not completely sure this is the problem but it's the only thing that has changed.

Why Gain why??
by: Leigh Callen

I used to LOVE the original Gain and used it for years and years!! The new toxic Gain is horrendous and I have had horrible reactions to it! The first time was when I went for a walk at the park and suddenly my feet and ankles started itching horribly and I immediately sat down and took off my shoes and socks and scratched my feet and ankles until I drew blood! My husband used it on my clothes and sheets and my arms, chest, face and even my head was itching also with a burning sensation and it made me dizzy and irritable! I was furious that he had used it!! I will never use Gain again unless they change it back to the exact original formula!! Why why why did you change a great and much loved product where now many people either hate the nauseating smell or they are very allergic to it? Please bring the Original Gain detergent back!!

Skin rash due to detergent and dryer sheet
by: Anonymous

Had a rash due to gain 15 years ago so bad I went to the hospital. Then this year dyer sheets were used and I had a rash on both arms for several months. It still looks like skin colored bumps on my arms.

by: Carol Gods

I love the smell of Gain detergent but I realized today that it gives me terrible headaches. I have been using it for a good while now and never put 2 and 2 together until today. I guess I’ll have to look for an unscented one.

by: Anonymous

I live in a small subsidized-housing complex with two small laundry rooms. For 4 years I have been living with the intense and unpleasant perfumed odor of Gain as a tenant who cannot avoid its pervasive reach. I do not have allergies or sensitivities to any chemicals, but the over-the-top perfume smell coming out of the dryer ducts in our complex and hanging in the air for hours is unbearable. It feels like chemical warfare of a sort, somewhat like when Calvin Klein released their god-awful "Eternity" scent in the 1990s. You couldn't escape it. And forget about using the laundry room if you cannot stand the smell of Gain. The odor hangs in the laundry room from day to night. I have resorted to washing my laundry by hand. I cannot get to a laundromat because I have no car and cannot afford taxis, and live among poor people who do not own cars by and large. I don't know how people can stand the smell of this stuff!

by: Anonymous

Like many of you probably are doing right now, I searched the internet for "spider bites, bed bug bites, flea bites" and I think it’s the Gain laundry detergent after reading all these terrible but similar reviews! I am waking up in the morning with small red ITCHY bumps on my inner arms, stomach and legs. Benadryl and topical steroid creams only minimally help. I hope rewashing all my clothes and bedding with hypoallergenic laundry soap resolves this nightmare!

Gain Moonlight Breeze
by: Morgan

I have always purchased Gain Lavender liquid detergent, but recently I haven’t been able to find it in the stores near me. I decided to try Gain Moonlight Breeze instead. When I got home I washed my sheets and all of my clothes in the detergent.

The following day I woke up with red, itchy hives all over the left side of my torso. I thought maybe I got attacked by mosquitos while I was sleeping. The next few days I slept in the same sheets and I had hives from my neck down to my knees. I also woke up with difficulty breathing on the final day which made me suspect the detergent. I washed my sheets twice in a Gain powder detergent, and borrowed some clothes from my mom. That night the hives calmed down a lot. The next day I used the last of my lavender formula on my clothes but the hives started to worsen. After that I washed my clothes twice: once in vinegar, and once in baking soda.

I have since switched to a powder formula with no issues. It seems as if I developed an allergy overnight, or the Moonlight Breeze still had residue left over in my clothes. Either way I haven’t used any liquid detergent since.

Gain Moonlight Breeze
by: Morgan

I have always purchased Gain Lavender liquid detergent, but recently I haven’t been able to find it in the stores near me. I decided to try Gain Moonlight Breeze instead. When I got home I washed my sheets and all of my clothes in the detergent.

The following day I woke up with red, itchy hives all over the left side of my torso. I thought maybe I got attacked by mosquitos while I was sleeping. The next few days I slept in the same sheets and I had hives from my neck down to my knees. I also woke up with difficulty breathing on the final day which made me suspect the detergent. I washed my sheets twice in a Gain powder detergent, and borrowed some clothes from my mom. That night the hives calmed down a lot. The next day I used the last of my lavender formula on my clothes but the hives started to worsen. After that I washed my clothes twice: once in vinegar, and once in baking soda.

I have since switched to a powder formula with no issues. It seems as if I developed an allergy overnight, or the Moonlight Breeze still had residue left over in my clothes. Either way I haven’t used any liquid detergent since.

Toxic perfume / scent overpowering
by: Gaye M.

Laundry detergents have toxic perfumes and scents that are overpowering. Why are they so smelly? Febreeze should not be put in the laundry detergent. Companies should be held accountable for disrupting the environment air and landfills.

the only detergent to cause severe itching
by: Kyna Petrie

I have used many different detergents and some work better than others but I have never had an allergic reaction to any of them except for Gain.

My mother and I tried Gain about 15 years ago. It smelled great; however, the severe itching after using it was unbearable and we had to stop using it.

I tried it again recently and once again the same reaction. Severe itching anywhere clothing touched my skin. I rewashed all my clothing using Tide. No itching.

I wouldn't call it a detergent allergy, as I have never had a reaction from any other detergent. It is an allergy to Gain detergent specifically. Does Gain use a different ingredient than other detergents?

by: David D.

I don’t know if Gain changed their formula or dyes or perfume, however I got a rash. Even saw a doctor with a prescription for Prednisone that lasted almost a month before I realized it was Gain detergent still making me break out. I was positive when my neighbor got the same rash and determined he was using the same Gain detergent I was using. I used vinegar and baking soda to get all of the perfumes and dyes out of my clothing, sheets, and towels. I had to switch to a sensitive detergent.

Totally itchy
by: Anonymous

I bought Gain recently and I noticed it was very watery. I itch from neck down to just below my knees. I will toss it as soon as we purchase another name brand.

Fragrance makes me physically ill
by: Anonymous

When I was a child, my grandparents washed my clothes with Tide. Everywhere the clothing touched I broke out in an itchy red rash. My mother only used Ivory or Cheer, which was fine. No rash. As I grew older, I began having what I can only describe as "fragrance" allergies. I don’t wear perfume of any kind (and avoid that area of department stores) and I use unscented deodorant, shampoo and bath products. As an adult (and now a Senior as well), I avoid grocery store aisles where they sell laundry products of any kind, and the scented candle aisle as well, unless I’m forced to enter one. Then I look to see where the Cheer Free or All Free are in the aisle and enter from the closest direction - unless it means I have to walk past the Gain! Then I take the long way in. The smell of Gain is just overpowering! My lips and tongue burn and swell. Sometimes my eyes burn. Once I breathe it, the smell is literally with me for hours. I can physically taste it in my mouth just from smelling it. (I’ve rinsed my mouth and tried chewing gum right after exposure, but it does not help). My doctor just says to avoid the area. I have asthma from a bout with pneumonia in my late thirties. My reaction is so bad that I sometimes have to use my rescue inhaler after exposure. I’ve tried holding my breath in the aisles, but that’s just not feasible in real life. I’ve asked store employees to bring me my products, but they are not all amenable to that. Since Covid, I’ve worn masks wherever I go outside of my house. The smell of Gain even permeates a mask! This stuff - in all it’s various scents - should be banned from public areas! It is truly a health hazard to some people. My apologies to those of you who love to smell like your laundry detergent!!!

Allergic reaction to aroma boost power
by: Ms. Gain Rash

I am so upset with this new formula/scent from Gain. I am covered in red bumps and hives. I figured it was the laundry powder right away and went to urgent care. I'm on Benadryl capsules and creams for this rash. I am sad and disgusted, let alone tired from rewashing all the laundry over. Back to Tide for me!

Severe itching
by: Deborah

Severe itching even keeping me up at night, will be switching back to my old brand!

I can’t have it near me
by: Natasha Tsehaye

I can’t have it near me. My sister washed my comforter set. She didn’t use Gain, but she put it in a Gain trash bag and I was itching all night. Had to go in another room and sleep with a different comforter and I slept well.

by: Anonymous

Why are there no lawsuits? We have tried everything to figure out what is causing the itching, rashes, burning, and welts. Have used Gain for many years so it was the only thing we did NOT investigate. The symptoms started a few years ago so the suffering has been long. Finding out the culprit is Gain is disturbing. Why is there not a lawsuit? They charge too much, the cost of doctor visits, and the mental anguish.....ugh!!!!

by: Robert Reader

I'm sorry, I just can't use Gain. The strong smell of perfume is way too intense. I used it on a blanket and it gave me a migraine and kept me awake at night.

Makes my mouth and skin burn
by: Montana

I always love the smell of this fabric softener and detergent but if I use more then half of the recommended amount my clothes smell so strongly it makes my mouth and my skin have a burning sensation. I have to put a cold rag on my face to make it stop. I won't be buying this again! I know from working for an hour just that these are sensitivities and that for me it's not an allergy, but uncomfortable nonetheless!

Gain Freshlock dangerous
by: Randy

My wife and I have had respiratory problems after washing clothes with this poison. It takes multiple washes in hot water to get the stink out.

Extreme allergic reaction
by: Marissa

My mom switched to Gain a few years ago. The first time I visited her after switching, after one night sleeping in the guest bed, I woke up with head to toe rash.

It took my body at least a month and a half, if not longer, to heal.

The next time I visited, I took precautions and brought my own sheets. IT DIDN'T WORK. The Gain must have been so saturated into the mattress, and my body so sensitive to it, that even indirect contact made me react like crazy.

She has since switched back to Tide, however the house still has remnants of Gain. Especially on soft surfaces, and I'm still not safe sleeping at her house. 4 times now I've had reactions even using my own bedding and being cautious.

Next time I go I will be buying an air mattress and my own set of sheets that have never touched Gain.

Gain is insanely toxic, end of story. Just because other people do not react externally like I do, it does't mean their bodies are not reacting to it internally.

Spring Daydream was a Nightmare
by: Traci

Gain has been my favorite laundry detergent and fabric softener for years. I was so excited to try the new scent Spring Daydream. After a few uses I was broke out terrible all over my back and backs of my arms hips and butt!! So sad because it smells AMAZING.

Smells Nice But Very Itchy Overall
by: Anonymous

I live in a trailer park and both of my neighbors use Gain. Today being Sunday we all are washing clothes, using our dyers and can smell the rinse water/dryer sheets. I let my dog out to potty and within seconds, felt my face/body itching all over. Nice scent but it aggravates my dermatitis.

hives from Gain
by: Anonymous

I switched over to Gain for a while and all of a sudden I started noticing little hive break outs all over my body. It’s the detergent! That’s the only thing different that changed in my routine.

so much discomfort
by: Anonymous

Went to urgent care because I was having constant stinging and extreme irritation in my private area. Tested negative for any infections and realized it was the Gain detergent I just started to use. I’m in so much discomfort. I’ve been taking extra strength Allegra and get some relief, but I just want this to go away!!!

be aware, caused a rash
by: Susan Hinton

I started using Gain recently because my neighbors clothes smelt so good. After a week I got a rash all over my legs and arms. Tiny cluster of bumps all over. I had to take Benadryl and hydrocortisone cream. It’s been over a week and I’m hoping it will clear up soon. The itching and flare up was pretty bad. Prior I used a fragrance free detergent. So I will go back to that. Just be aware!

Gain should be held financially responsible
by: Anonymous

Gain should be held financially responsible for this. I've used it for some time now without a problem. Gain decided their product was broke so they "fixed" it. Now after going to a scent free detergent and washing them at least 5 times now, I am still itching from Gain. So of I can't get your garbage soap out of my clothes and sheets I'm suppose to go buy all new everything? Never again!!!

The long lasting scent of Gain ruining my life since 2017
by: Anonymous

We had used Gain for years and years, suddenly in 2017 I started breaking out in full body hives and having serious respiratory issues. After 4 1/2 years I figured out it was the Gain. Now the scent and its unlisted chemical additives are ruining my life because it is in EVERYTHING. I can't visit, hug people without asking if they use Gain products. I get exposed every time I work. I have to turn away work because they use your products. When my neighbors do laundry. Wherever and whatever it's in, I have no escape short of being a shut in. You never even made public the change in the formula. Good smells are good, but too much of anything gets bad. Your product kills people and they don't even know that's what did it. Thanks for destroying my quality of life. P.S. even 6 years later, scent gone the residue still causes reactions.

itching for 2 months
by: Anonymous

I've been itching for 2 months now. It's driving me crazy. My arms and legs and stomach are itching all the time. I think it's the detergent Gain. We switched from Tide to Gain.

So much itchiness
by: Merz

I had never itching in my life but after using Gain. OMG too much itchiness. Dear God I don't know what to do. My throat is feeling swollen and my skin is full of rashes. Please somebody help me.

Gain and scent boosters are ruining my life for last 6 years
by: Anonymous

I can't believe a product can add chemicals, change a formula, give no notification to consumers and have so many people living in agony and do nothing about it. I have nearly daily reactions because Gain scent is in EVERYTHING. It has cost me thousands upon thousands in medical, hindered my ability to participate in relationships, events, work. This is a chemical added in 2017. Nothing natural about this allergy. Gain and it's longer lasting scent is one of the worst things to happen to personal care. I can use all the free and clear products I want, but I can't escape it. It's everywhere. Spread the word.

Can using too much Gain make me itch all over?
by: Margaret Mann

Will using too much Gain in my washer make me itch real bad all over? Especially when I lay on my sheets.

Deathly allergic to Gain
by: Cassidy Rhodes

I once put on a shirt from a yard sale that was washed in Gain and my throat started to close up. Luckily I had Benadryl on hand. I can't even be in a house where anyone is using Gain.

by: rockindubya

It has taken me about a month to really suspect Gain detergent. After finding this forum, I AM convinced.

We used Gain for years, but switched to GV due to cost. Recently, large Gain was on sale, so we bought one.

Welts, some in hive-like clusters, on face, armpits, crotch. Eyelids sooo irritated. Itches with the intensity of chiggers on poison ivy.

After easing somewhat it returned with a vengeance. The most curious was across my forehead. I wear a bandana as a sweatband when it is hot, as it has been lately. As I was placing it back on after lunch yesterday, I had an epiphany. This product should have a skull and crossbones on it.

I can't use Gain
by: Fran

I itch terribly with GAIN detergent. On sheets, pj's, kept me up all night scratching. It's a shame, because I really like the scent.

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