Diane has shared her Kirkland brand laundry soap review, from Costco.
I purchased the Kirkland brand (Costco's signature brand) of Free and Clear Laundry detergent.
I chose to purchase this product based 1) on my experience with other Kirkland brand products and 2) on the cost associated with this product. The price was considerably cheaper when you based it on a per load basis.
I don't like the fact that it is more cost up front due to the size of the bottle, but it is worth it due to the cost per load.
I like this detergent because it does a great job of getting smells and stains out of all my clothes except my family's gym clothes.
For some reason this detergent does not work well with items that are extra smelly and sweaty. I had to purchase a more expensive brand just to wash our gym clothes.
Both my daughter and I have sensitive skin so it is important to me use a detergent that will not irritate our skin. I have found that this product lives up to this expectation.
If cost were not a factor, I think I would still purchase this product. It works just as well as name brand products and I can buy it in a larger quantity at a time. This is important to me because I don't have time to constantly run to the store because I ran out of detergent and with having children, I have to do a lot of laundry.
Thanks Diane for sharing your review of Kirkland brand laundry soap.
I know what you mean about kids and an abundance of laundry. They seem to dirty clothes very quickly, don't they?
It is harder to find a hypoallergenic laundry detergent that is a generic or store brand version that you can feel confident about, so I'm glad you've shared your experiences with me.
***Update 1: Make sure you read the rest of the reviews I have collected since although this first one was positive, many others are not. While obviously some people like it, this version, although it is marketed as hypoallergenic, caused allergic reactions in at least some people, as they reported below, so make sure to read everything before choosing this store brand of detergent!***
***Update 2: In addition, one reader has shared how her dogs broke into this detergent, and were made ill. You can read her story here, which serves as a safety lesson for all of us about storing our laundry products! ***End Update
Yet Another Allergic Reaction From Kirkland Free and Clear
(South Pasadena, CA)
After reading the other reviews and experiences above Than wrote in to share his experience too.
Just wanted to chime in that I also got a severe rash after using this laundry detergent. We threw the bottle away afterwards and went back to Tide and everything cleared up.
A week ago my blessed Mother-in-Law decided to do my laundry. Two days later an awful rash developed. We asked her what detergent she used and sure enough Kirkland Free and Clear was the culprit.
I've never had any allergic reaction to any detergent, but this supposedly hypoallergenic detergent is anything but for me.
Thanks Than for sharing your experience with Kirland Free & Clear, although I'm sorry this happened to you.
It is especially frustrating, I know, because it is supposed to be hypoallergenic. I guess it goes to show we all have different sensitivities, so we just have to be careful with what we use that will go close to our skin, like laundry detergents and other laundry supplies.
My fiancee and I grabbed this trying to save a few bucks, since we are both on a very limited income.
At first it was fine, but after about a week and a half I started noticing that I was becoming increasingly more itchy, as was my fiancee.
After about 3 weeks I had to start taking a benedryl to stop the itching and just last night my back broke out in neck to lower back hives and that is when we figured it was the the laundry soap, especially after I read all the reviews on this page and others.
From now on I will not be using any Kirkland brand products. This has soured me completely.
Shavonne, sorry to hear about your experience, and I hope you and your fiancé feel better soon.
Mine & My Husband's First Reaction To Laundry Soap From This Brand
About a week or so into using this brand for the first time I was having skin reactions.
Then, tonight my husband said all the talk of itching was making him want to itch, and when he took his pants and boxers off it revealed the same red inflamed lines on his skin where the waistband had presssd against his skin.
It has me waking up in the middle of the night, itchy skin and burning red marks where clothes were pressed firmly on skin...so happy to have figured it out!!!
Kirkland Free & Clear Laundry Soap Gave Me The Worst Rash EVER
It seems, unfortunately, I keep getting stories from readers sharing their bad experiences with this laundry detergent which is supposed to be hypoallergenic. The latest is from Penny.
I tried the Kirkland Free and Clear laundry soap and holy geez I broke out in a HORRIBLE rash.
I didn't even think of the possibility that it could be the laundry soap because I've never had a reaction to laundry soap before. I spent 3 nights awake scratching before I finally realized that it was the laundry soap causing the problem.
I would like to say though, overall I have been happy with Kirkland products.
Penny, I'm sorry to hear about your problems with this product. It definitely sounds like a laundry detergent allergy to me. I hope you start feeling better soon.
Based on all these bad reactions to this detergent I am updating my hypoallergenic laundry detergent page to warn against using this particular brand -- it seems to give too many sensitive skinned people bad reactions. That's too bad since it is a lower cost detergent, and it is often hard to find lower cost varieties that are scent free.
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