Since Xtra markets itself to focus on its scents, and does not even have an unscented variety available, it's really not that surprising that some people have found they're allergic to it, since scent is one of the main causes of allergic reactions in laundry detergents (along with dyes).
Here's one such story from a reader, Matty, and then my response, which provides more resources about how to deal with these laundry detergent allergies.
This stuff is toxic! I've itched for about a month.
I've rewashed everything but there is enough residue in my clothes to still make me itch. It's getting better but when I switched I would wake up in the middle of the night because I was so itchy.
Thanks for sharing your experience with me Matty, although I'm sorry it wasn't at all pleasant.
As you mentioned, you're not the first person to tell me you've had an allergic reaction to this detergent. You can see more pictures of laundry detergent allergies here from readers who've experienced these reactions not to just this brand, but many brands and types of laundry supplies.
My neighbor gave me a bottle of this detergent because her husband reacted to it with skin irritation.
Since my family is not susceptible to allergies or skin issues I used it on all my sheets.
I had throat and nose irritation the whole week and then figured it out that it was the detergent as I would feel fine later when I was out of the condo. Then when I was folding laundry later in the day the symptoms started all over again.
Hardly slept all week as these symptoms made it difficult and hard to enjoy my vacation time.
I have never reacted like that to a detergent as I am not particularly sensitive.
Xtra ScentSations Caused Whole Family To Have An Allergic Reaction
After using this laundry detergent for a week my husband and I have broken out in itchy red bumps all over our torsos and my daughter has broken out with zits all over her torso just like one of the other reviewers had.
We have ruled out bugs, food, pet, or other allergies. None of us have any history of other allergies, but we can't use this detergent. :-(
Sorry to hear about your bad experience with this detergent.
Has anyone else had an issue with this brand? If so, you can share your story here, or in the comments below.
Further, for those having problems with detergent allergies I suggest using a hypoallergenic detergent. At the link I've compiled a comprehensive list of the available brands and reviews on the site of them, where applicable. I hope it can help you!
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