I think either switching back to the detergent that before didn't cause allergies for your family (if you wish to still use a scented variety) or switching to a scent and dye free variety will hopefully help everyone in your family feel better soon!
I Thought It Was Bed Bugs . . . No It Was Spring Meadows Scent
by SR101 Reader
I have been using Tide Pods for over a year and my mother used Tide powder since I was a baby. Two weeks ago I switched scents and three days later developed what looked like bug bites all over my left shoulder. Day by day, more bumps would appear.
I immediately thought we had bed bugs. I took my bed apart and called Orkin- after inspection, NO SIGN OF BED BUGS! I still was not convinced. So I washed all my sheets with my new Tide Spring Meadow scented pods only to wake up with welts/hives over the entire right side of my abdomen and behind my right knee. It still didn't occur to me that it was the detergent.
I slept at my friend's house for 3 nights but the bumps kept coming. The rash/hives got worse. I had the doctor at the hospital I worked at check them out; she said it was contact dermatitis. I still didn't buy it.
The next day (after steroid treatment and creams, etc.) I undressed to shower and noticed that along my underwear line there were more red bumps (which looked like bug bites). It suddenly occurred to me that I had switched scents on my Tide Pods. I immediately consulted my friend, Google. Sure enough, story after story, picture after picture, there it was.
I went out and bought Tide Free and Gentle liquid detergent and re-washed my sheets. I have not noticed anymore bumps/hives/rashes.
I'm still apprehensive about Tide but at least I know what I'm allergic to and more importantly that it's not bed bugs!
I have used Tide - both regular and Free - for years and had no problems, either with the powder or the liquid form.
When Tide introduced their new Tide Pods I was delighted as it meant no more messy (and inaccurate) measuring and it was sure to save money.
A few months after switching to the Pods, both regular and Free (which I use for delicates), I stated noticing patches of red, itchy bumps on areas where my clothing rubbed my skin, such as lower bad, upper arms, neck, knees.
I thought maybe it was the regular Tide Pods and started using only the Tide Free Pods. No relief (other than taking antihistamines daily to try to settle the hives).
It appears that whatever new additives are contained in the Pods - or maybe it's even the gel coating housing the Pods themselves - are causing the allergic reaction and I can no longer use the detergent I have relied on for years.
Even the version touted as free of dyes and scents causes a problem.
And I am not the only one who has experienced this reaction from the new Tide products.
I am now experimenting with other brands and hope to find something that is truly free of dyes/perfumes/additives so that I do not have to experience such an adverse reaction again.
In the past month I purchased the Tide Pods at my local Jewel Osco as it was on sale. I was actually excited to used it thinking it would be a great product to clean my clothes and keep them fresh.
I proceeded to wash my clothes and bedding as usual. Not long after I broke out all over my wrists; it's the most sensitive skin area! I had not one clue it was the Pods and blamed it on a new shirt I had purchased also.
However, when my boyfriend moved in with me we washed all our clothes again including the bedding once more. This time he broke out and the affected areas spread to our feet, wrists, hands, arms, legs, and even genital areas! I can describe them as little red water filled spots that were extremely itchy.
It was such a horrible experience for the both of us, especially since he just moved in with me! We assumed the worst -- maybe we had bed bugs (no we checked), maybe it was scabies (no we got looked at).
We were in such distress we thought it was due to stress maybe, or our body chemistry didn't react well together.
The both of us didn't think it could be our CLEANING product that's supposed to keep our clothes CLEAN.
I started to think of what it was different I had been doing and linked it back to the Tide Pods, since it was the first time using this product.
My boyfriend left for a weekend to see his little girl and he mentioned after washing his clothes elsewhere the itching subsided.
Upon his return we washed our clothes in new detergent and Bam! To both our surprise no more itching. This whole time it was a reaction to the Tide Pods!
All our stress and sleepless nights due to non-stop itching was cause by something supposed to keep us clean.
I HIGHLY ADVISE ANYONE AGAINST BUYING THIS PRODUCT. IT'S NOT WORTH THE STRESS!
I have used Tide for over 40 years and my mother used it was well when I was a kid.
I love the idea of the pods but I am sure that I am having a reaction to them. My skin is very sensitive and the pacs make me itch.
I now have my second HE washer and have never had a problem with either the liquid or powder HE detergents and my skin.
I am very disappointed because I think the pods do a very good job cleaning my wash.
Thanks so much for sharing your experience with me Laine, although I'm sorry to hear it was negative.
It is, in my opinion, unfortunate that Procter & Gamble hasn't made the pods come in a hypoallergenic laundry detergent version. ***Update: Tide must have finally listened, since they just released a free and gentle version of these pods! Yay! ***End Update
Please note it isn't just this new packaging that seems to be causing problems however. Obviously the company has lots of happy customers as well, but there are many who also an allergy to Tide in other versions as well.
Has anyone else had problems with skin rashes or allergic reactions caused by this laundry product? If so, I'd love to hear from you. You can share your experience here.
***Update: I got another submission from a reader, Mary, who also complained about this detergent. She sent in pictures of her rash (non-graphic) so I added it to a different page with detergent allergy pictures. You can check out her story here. ***End Update
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