Several people have written in to share their Tide detergent allergies stories with me.
This is a popular brand so it's really no surprise there are quite a few people who've had allergic reactions, such as itching, hives and rash, from it.
What follows are some of their stories, as well as the symptoms they experienced when using this brand. This includes allergic reactions to various scents and formulations.
I've broken out into hives everywhere my clothes came into contact with my skin.
We switched to a front load HE machine and I kept using the same amount of detergent.
The new machines use far less water and I noticed that the rinse wasn't set to use fresh water. Who wouldn't use fresh water to rinse?
I also noticed that the clothes still smelled of detergent and the clincher was a shirt I wore gave me hives around my neck after the end of the day I wore it.
The hives were extensive and are very hard to handle. I had to have my dermatologist give me a prescription for the itching.
Sorry to hear that happened Paul.
Using an HE machine when you switch from a top loader can be an adjustment. You might want to check out my guide to using HE laundry detergent since excessive detergent residue in your clothes may be causing your problem.
However, if you are allergic in large quantities to something within this detergent you most likely are allergic to it in less intense quantities as well, you may just not have noticed the issue as much.
I Have NEVER Had A Skin Allergy Until I Used Tide Free & Gentle!
At the time of this writing I am writhing on the couch trying to resist scratching myself to death!
I became a first time mom 3 weeks ago - and after realizing the sheer amount of laundry that comes with a tiny 8lb boy I decided to switch from using expensive Dreft to Tide Free and Gentle for use on all the laundry.
It started on my belly, where my stretch marks are fresh, and I was convinced it was PUPPPS (a skin condition some women get during pregnancy). Doc said no, and my stretch marks actually got a lot worse from the scratching.
Fast forward a week and a half and a new batch of clean laundry later and the rash is now on my ankles, thighs, arms, legs, feet.
I have never had an allergic reaction in my life!
I now have steroid cream, and deduced that this "hypoallergenic" detergent is the problem.
I live in the city where the majority of us use laundry mats, so rewashing everything several times with a newborn is quite a hassle.
I used regular Gain (liquid) until now, but I am afraid I will be allergic to that as well, so I will try the natural brands.
Thank goodness my son has not had a reaction! Also, as I am breastfeeding, I cannot take an antihistamine - ugh!
Nikole, I am so sorry to hear about this allergic reaction. I hope you feel better soon. It's never fun, any time, but especially not when trying to take care of a baby.
You are definitely not the first person who has told me they had an allergic reaction to this hypoallergenic detergent. In fact, here's a page of reviews of this non-scented version of Tide, and as you'll see if you read the reviews while some people swear it is the only thing that doesn't make them break out others are definitely allergic to it.
I can personally use Tide Free & Gentle, but I too have had allergic reactions to some hypoallergenic detergents. (Something about Era Free that kills me.) So hypoallergenic is definitely not a promise of no allergies for anyone.
My girlfriend recently bought Tide Clean Breeze liquid detergent, and almost immediately began experiencing an allergic reaction to it once she washed her clothes.
She broke out around her underwear area and her lower legs, and that was just from washing underwear in them. Who knows what would have happened if she had put everything she had washed on all at once? She probably would have broken out all over.
She's never had this experience before, even with using lots of other scented detergents. Someone should put a warning on this stuff! Uggh.
Sorry to hear about this bad experience with Tide laundry detergent. I hope she feels better soon!
I'd love to hear from even more people who've used this detergent, sharing their experiences, good or bad, with it. You can share your detergent reviews here, or click the link to read additional reviews that have already been submitted.
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