Tide Free - Anyone else having problems?

Posted on: Mon, 09/23/2002 - 12:55am
lsmom's picture
Joined: 07/05/2002 - 09:00

Has anyone else been having a reaction to Tide Free Laundry Detergent?

Long before my daughter was diagnosed as PA, we had switched to Tide Free because other detergents resulted in contact dermatitus (itchy rash). The last few days, she has been having a very itchy rash on her legs and has had to take Benadryl for it. I called Procter & Gamble this morning and they said there have been no recent changes to Tide Free. They also claimed there was no risk of cross-contamination from regular Tide.

[This message has been edited by lsmom (edited September 23, 2002).]

Posted on: Mon, 09/23/2002 - 1:09am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I personally stopped using Tide regular years ago because I suspected mild eczema patches from it. I started getting it again because I miss the way it cleans. My dd is fine(she has the PA), but I have a patch of very itchy eczema(very small) on each leg where all my shorts end and my legs rub together(yup, they do, ick)! I was wondering if it might me the Tide, but it is regular not "Free". Not sure if it is helpful info. Becca

Posted on: Mon, 09/23/2002 - 5:27am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We use Tide Free exclusively. Tucker stays exczema free when he is at home. It is when he goes other places he gets it, so we are looking at wool, and other contact materials that may be causing it.

Posted on: Mon, 09/23/2002 - 10:40am
BoysRUs's picture
Joined: 09/07/2002 - 09:00

I've been using Tide Free for 2 years now (before the pa) for baby excema. My child's skin has gotten a little worse lately, but I think it's from the increased mold/ragweed content lately -- could that be your problem? I hadn't thought about the detergent. I sometimes send his clothes through a second rinse to make sure there's not any suds left in them -- it's a pain, but you might want to try it.

Posted on: Tue, 09/24/2002 - 8:26am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Ya know.........................
when i was a tyke (and i am 34 years old now)
my mother couldn't use Tide on me either. Real sensitive skin. My father would itch whenever we used it in the laundry as well.
Who knows? One would think if it cleans really well, it must have the same effect on skin? I use Dreft in all our laundry. sometimes, even Woolite. Every once in a while, I use a few tablespoons of baking soda in the wash instead. sometimes, I use vinegar in the rinse water, but not both in the same load......CAN YOU IMAGINE???

Posted on: Thu, 09/26/2002 - 12:25pm
Joanne S's picture
Joined: 01/19/2000 - 09:00

Hi I am allergic to TIDE big time!It sent me to the hospital ,had to have epinephrine shot . I AM 35 years old ,and i always buy surf or gain for years.My husband pick up TIDE one week ,I started getting little hives on my waist and on my legs ,then later that night i woke up cover head to toe with hives,I had hives the size of a desert dish .This is the only allergy i have.SO BE CAREFUL IF YOU THINK YOUR ALLERGIC TO TIDE OR TIDE FREE.

Posted on: Thu, 09/26/2002 - 2:18pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Wow! I guess it takes tough stuff to get clothes so clean! I may stick with it since it is only mild and me, but will double rinse!! I just purchased a new front loader, and may need to use special suds for that anyway. I appreciated this thread, personally. Thanks to all. becca

Posted on: Fri, 09/27/2002 - 12:43am
MeCash's picture
Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

My son is peanut allergic and the only reaction he ever had was asthma. But, then there is Tide. That caused severe eczema on him as a baby... all over his body. I was told that Tide had peanut contamination in it somewhere, but of course, I have no proof other than my own experiences.
Regardless of what the Tide manufacturers might say (no cross contamination, my arse), I will never utilize their products (ANY of them) where my children (both PA) are concerned! I have had no reactions or problems with Arm & Hammer Detergent (GREAT PRICE, EXCELLENT PRODUCT), Clout (from Costco) or Cheer Free.
Good luck.

Posted on: Fri, 09/27/2002 - 12:47am
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

My son got dry patches on his skin from Tide too so we switched to All Free and Clear and haven't had any probelms since.

Posted on: Fri, 09/27/2002 - 2:04am
Rae's picture
Joined: 03/28/2000 - 09:00

I have used All free since the allergist recommended it 4 years ago. I have considered trying Tide free, but I haven't because it is 2x's the price. Does it really clean better? I also recently noticed Cheer free on the shelf.

Posted on: Fri, 09/27/2002 - 2:09am
ACBaay's picture
Joined: 03/19/2002 - 09:00

We also use Arm & Hammer for sensitive skin, free of perfume and dye with no problems.



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