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Allergy sufferers

Posted by kon45 (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 28, 12 at 10:36

I need to know what detergent to try for my son who seems to have developed an allergy to something. I currently use tide, sears, era and whisk so not sure what to try for him. I tried tide free and clear but not sure if he noticed a difference. He is currently seeing a dermatologist and going through some testing. It seems to lcalize in a very tender spot and it's not the obvious male prob, they have treated him for that already. Feel bad for him.


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Might it be due to the enzymes in your detergents? The site below is a good place to start your research on what detergents contain or not contain enzymes.

Here is a link that might be useful: Detergent Chart


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You might want to try ALL detergent's "free" version, and NOT the one with "oxi" in it. We have great luck with it and it has no enzymes.


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Thank you all. I should note that my son is 20, so no diapers involved but still good info. Hard to find some of those detergents in my area but will look around. Thanks again.


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The "all" Free version is available in every store (WalMart, Target, Kroger, HarrisTeeter,Publix) in our area, since it is a national brand and suggested by a lot of doctors. It might work for your son. You shouldn't have too much trouble finding it. It only comes in liquid.


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My Wal Marts and Target also has the All Free Clear in powder formula. I am surprised his Dr. didnt recommend the All or give him a sample. In my area, they really push the All F/C for skin/allergy problems. You might do an extra rinse also to be on the safe side.
Now thinking, I believe the powder formula may have enzymes so I would go with the liquid.


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FWIW, the ALL "oxi-active" free & clear version has enzymes along with the non-chlorine bleach (their 'oxi' feature). And be forewarned that the cap on their "oxi" version is impossible to read for dosing purposes. Don't count on the company giving you a coherent nor correct answer on dosing, either. Ask me how I know.


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My son was allergic to Tide Free, Cheer Free, just about everything-free.

We have had no problems with Ivory Snow (but Dreft caused itching), Seventh Generation (with no fragrance), Ecos, Moms, and Country Save.


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Thank you so much everyone for your responses. For now Im washing all his clothes in the Tide free and clear as I already have that brand, I know I can get the All brand to try also. Plus Im using the AG+ feature on my Samsung. We have septic system and husband didn't want me to use it but will see if this helps him. Plus doing extra rinse. Will take all day to complete his laundry as they cycles are soooo long, but worth a try. His allergy testing showed nothing.


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Try an elimination diet - even if the allergy testing showed nothing. Those tests are not very accurate for foods, especially, and things can be missed. Lots of free info on these diets online. If he feels worse before he feels better that is a sure sign something is bad for him.


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My bf suffers from bad case of dermatitis and allergies.
Over the years I tried many detergents some with better results than others.
But the biggest issue was laundry not being rinsed enough.
I used Vaska that rinses well and I just recently started using Mrs.Meyers and I love it. It does even better job than Vaska and works well in our hard water.And my bf has no problems with it, even using FS again.
Most of our laundry is cotton and everything is washed on sanitary or hot.
If your son needs to use lotions to help him with the eczema,make sure you use little extra detergent on his clothes, very hot water and rinse several times after washing.Allergies and sensitivities are different for many people, you need to try few things.
Doctor told us that allergy test is waste of money bc my bf has so many of them, it would not help us. We did the eliminating method.Lenghtyand costly but it worked. Dairy caused too much mucus and coffee has some protein in it.
Weather change makes my bf to swell up around neck, skin cracks and bleeds, sores and red spots all over.When it gets really bad, he looks like bloated dead person all purple,and I have to take him to emergency for shot.Then he "de-flates".My bf has a problem with metal utensils. He uses either chopstics, ceramics or wooden utensils.
There is so many triggers! He is on prednisone a lot.....
But first start using gentler detergent and extra rinses, that might be the first answer.
You can contact me if you have any questions about diet too.


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I used wisk he liquid for awhile with no problems. Than suddenly one day my husband started itching like crazy. I forgot that I had done the clothes in wisk and thought he was allergic to the Sears powder so I washed everything in wisk and his problem just got worse. So I grabbed a bottle of purex and rewashed in purex and no problems since. I now use purex liquid and powder strictly and he has been fine.


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@kon45 - Is your Samsung washer a FL? Depending on your water quality (hardness/softness), you might need to reduce the amount of detergent. Some of us with softer water must use less than the detergent package directions. Detergent residue might be causing your son's problem. My DH developed a nasty rash on his upper torso that a dermatologist could not diagnose, even after two lab biopsies. One would think it might have affected more tender areas of his body, but only the upper torso had this awful rash. I suspected contact dermatitis all along, but the dermatologist should(!) have considered it, too.

This went on for a year before buying our FL washer and learning our 'moderately hard' water requires less detergent in our Miele FL. The previous old conventional TL washer wasn't rinsing well, on top of detergent overdosing from following laundry product directions. With the FL, the overdosing was quite obvious from the suds in the final rinses. (I have several posts here on that topic) His rash completely disappeared once all the conventional TL washer detergent residue was removed from is tee shirts and I started using lower doses of detergent in the FL washer. Allergies are often very unique and quirky. This may not be your son's problem, but it is definitely worth consideration.

"His allergy testing showed nothing."
Not surprising, because there are so many different chemicals in various laundry detergents, it is a matter of trial-by-elimination at home. Use a particular detergent for a week or two and see what happens. Be sure the laundry is well-rinsed. If the worst symptoms are in one particular area of the body, focus on the garments that come in contact. Even among all the 'free and clear' detergents, there is a long menu of various ingredients (chemicals) which might be used in each, that can cause problems for any particular person. One F&C might still cause problems, where another brand might not. 'Scientific' test and studies results one can find on the Internet say enzymes cause no allergic responses, yet there are people here who say they have problems with enzymes in detergent and I believe them.

@jewels04 - Wisk has very nice perfume, made me itch, and gave me a headache. ANY detergent with perfume makes me itch like mad and gives me a headache.

@czechchick2 - Getting OT here.... I am also allergic to coffee, which I love to drink. (the plant product and not caffeine itself) ~sigh~ I had no idea it has some protein in it, but that might be the trigger. If I drink enough coffee, my ears become congested and vertigo results. Avoidance is the best medicine.
BTW, those allergy attacks when the weather changes could be from mold spores in the air that arrive ahead of the front. Ask me how I know ... While in your bf's case it results in dermatological symptoms, I sometimes feel sick, malaise, and sinuses act up; occasionally it will trigger a migraine.

DH and I can only use perfume free detergents. My sister's husband does very well with Arm & Hammer 'free' formula though I've never tried it.


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I used to have hives all over for no apparent reason. Allergy tests, diet elimination, etc, were inconclusive. Long story short, I also arrived at insufficient rinsing being the culprit. Nowadays, I do four rinses on average, even with appropriate detergent dosage.

Ironically, I actually choose a strong-scented detergent, for the purpose of gauging the rinse performance. (I wouldn't be able to tell otherwise when using free-and-clear variety.) At the end, there should only be a slight scent, and the clothes should feel clean. I also clean out the drain filter after every machine use, so the quality of the water draining out helps me fine tune future washes.


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I don't notice any suds in the rinse cycle at all. But I have rewashed all his undergarments, used sanitize and silver care and extra rinse to be sure. I have my suspicions that it is actually his body wash. His laundry always has a distinct "him" smell even after washing. I've often told him to change to an allergy prone persons soap but he didn't believe me, now I think I have him convinced. I used to blame his cologne but he swears he doesn't use any so it has to be his body wash. We will be concentrating on that issue and the laundry. Just think it is odd that only that area gets the worst of it. He is a sports buff and very active so we first started with all the jock itch cures both OTC and prescription. Now on to dermatologist who said its not fungal it's contact derm. He is so tired of dealing with it he is finally on board with trying some of these other things. Mothers rarely know what they are talking about right? He is getting married Ina few months and wants it gone before then. 2 years worth of trying to help him and this is motivator! Hoping he can stick to my plan so I didn't rewash all that laundry for nothing! Who wants their mother involved in this sort of thing anyway! Adult kids can sometimes be the worst!


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@kon45, HA! I just had a good laugh at your last post. My boys are 5 and 9 and I had a vision of my future. I guess in a few months it will be his wife's problem :)

'Hope you get it sorted out.


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@kon45 - my money is on the perfume agent in the bodywash. It really can be something that simple. LOL over his current motivation. ;o)

@livebetter - Enjoy the ride of parenthood. It's a roller coaster. LOL


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Saw where someone said they use Purex, this made me remember a lady I used to work with YEARS ago before the All F/C detergent. She had skin problems and her allergist told her to use Purex powder, she did and her problems went away. I also know a guy that everything breaks him out, he can't use the Free/Clear but his Dr. told him to use nothing but Tide with Bleach liquid. His problems went away when his wife started using the Tide. BUT what works for one might not for someone else.

Maybe your son is allergic to something he is wearing--fabric wise--since he is into sports OR that is too constricting causing problems. Has he ever tried putting cornstarch on the breakouts? It works wonders for some things.


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well, here is an interesting update. The dermatologist today asked him if he has ever had a back problem, felt tingling down his legs, as this groin inflammation could be a cause of a nerve damage from a back problem. Of course, the bell goes off. about 4 years ago he did suffer from back problems, and it was not long after that (the next year or so) that he started having this groin inflammation. and he says now that he thinks about it he does sometimes have tingling in his legs. So it probably isn't even laundry related or product related, but rather a nerve damage problem. Who would have thought? My question now is how to proceed. Do I send him to his PCP for a referral to some kind of neuro doctor, back doctor? or just wait and use the creams he was given and continue with the laundry/body wash cleanse? The life of a concerned mother!!!!!


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Sounds as if you may have figured it out. As for a possible laundry issue, find a detergent without enzymes or fragrance and run 2 extra rinses. My son has the same issue during football season. The enzymes are activated by the sweat and heat.


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I have very sensitive skin. Soaps can make me itch. Body washes make me itch like mad! Try a soap like Cetaphil or Basis Bar soap.
Purex Baby Liquid soap is also great It cleans well, has minimal scenting and is dermatologist approved. I am using that to wash my clothes, along with Basis soap and I have no more itches! The Purex detergent also rinses out nicely too.


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@dualref - I use the Cetaphil bar soap and really like it.

I avoid the 'antibacterial' version of it, because it contains Triclosan. Triclosan has it's own "baggage" and issues, and can bring a lot of problems to one's skin (ask me how I know) and I now avoid it like the plague.


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I can't believe what they put Triclosan in now. It's even in toothpaste! Seriously ... and people are under the false belief that if they sell it, it must be safe.


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@livebetter - Colgate "Total" has Triclosan. Long story short - it set me up to suffer perioral dermatitis that had to be treated with antibiotics, several years ago.

Dermatologist told me are all sorts of scary stuff in toothpaste these days, and that she was even seeing children with perioral dermatitis from the kid toothpastes. She told me to hunt down and use plain toothpaste "with no bells & whistles" as she put it. I don't even use toothpaste with SLS and such in it, anymore, and opt in for the natural formulas.


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Cavimum, I must hear more about your caffeine allergy. I'm going nuts with laundry detergents, bath washes, food, etc., for whatever's got me now. I'm down to one cup of coffee a day and I love coffee more than anything else I can think of right now. Also trying All Free & Clear again. Trying to eliminate dairy and tomatoes, but COFFEE????


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Cokes break me out, which I guess would be like the coffee thing. I have an Aunt who used to have eczema really bad and if she ate eggs or anything they were in it caused it to be even worse. As she has aged hers seems to be gone, but she is careful about eating and drinks only water. She also uses the All F&C.


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spark, thank you very much for that info. I also suspect eggs, so your comment really helps. Today I'm on an egg- and nut-free diet, but the one cup of coffee is killing me so far. Now I hope to determine if enzymes in laundry detergents affect me, or just the dyes and fragrances. I also have a big black dog who follows me literally everywhere, so I really need to go to an allergist, I know.
Thank you again, very much.


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@patann - I've been out of town, just now home and on the desktop computer. Working from my iPhone isn't worth trying to type.....

My coffee allergy affects me in the sinus/inner ear congestion & vertigo, but *anything* is possible with allergies. If you think there might be a coffee (plant/bean) allergy, while it may not show up in the same place, it might compromise your immune system to the point where something, anything, else might cause the skin rash.

Are you absolutely, positively sure ALL the detergent is getting rinsed out of your clothes? I check a "Quick Rinse" after every load, and watch for the least amount of suds. QR on my machines fills with water above the bottom of the glass window, so I get a good view. A typical FL wash cycle doesn't use enough water in the rinses to expose the residue, while the Quick Rinse on my Miele does. If there is ANY residue, my poor husband gets a rash on his neck, chest and back. (we do not use fabric softener, at all) Your machine should have a similar cycle.


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Cavimum, I still have a top loader. I also rinse about 3 times. (Run full wash/rinse cycle and then put back on wash/rinse/extra rinse with no detergent.) I got poison ivy on my arm in May but it has never completely healed. I ate no eggs or nuts for the past two days, moisturized with my fave lotion and today have had no problem with my arm or scalp, or any other part that has been sensitive. I rotate between Arm & Hammer Free, Wisk, Tide powder, and Cheer Free. My shower soap has to be Aveeno or I pay the price in itchies. I'm trying to find my nemisis before calling for an allergist appointment. When you mentioned coffee, I remembered that Dr. Mark Hyman said it is bad for diabetics so I am down to one cup.


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@patann - Decades of exposure to all the chemicals in our environment simply wear down our immune system. With allergies, everything becomes a possible irritant. Certain foods cause skin problems if I eat them too often in a week. I can't even ingest much aspartame or my brain goes wonky. Last week, I read the ingredients for a new formula, called "sensitive", of Cetaphil lotion, and it contains one of my worst allergen triggers: shea butter. Gah. I have to read labels, always.

Have you considered that the optical brighteners or enzymes in all your laundry detergents might be guilty? Again, each person is different.

My husband initially started getting his rashes from Charlies Soap residue, which has no optical brighteners or enzymes. We were using the old water-hog TL washer at that time. I was unknowingly overdosing with the CS because 1.) I had an extra-large capacity water-hog TL, and 2.) his whites were getting dingy *and* 3.) our water quality is much softer than anyone here realizes. After getting the FL washer and seeing realizing how much detergent residue was in the clothing, I've had to educate myself on the variables of laundry. One sometimes has to become a home-grown chemist just to do laundry for allergy control.

Here is a link that might be useful: detergent allergy symptoms


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Great link, Cavimum. I will go back to washing my things in Vaska again, with a lot of extra rinses this time. I'm programmed to think I need enzymes in all washes, but I'll give it a try. Next I'll try BioKleen enzyme-free formula. The Cheer Free and Arm & Hammer Free both have enzymes. I really don't like dividing up the laundry between his and hers, but it sure would be worth it if it works. Have 2 of my sheet sets in the Vaska laundry right now.ce
Is there another bath soap you can use besides the Cetaphil? Don't tell me if it is Basis bar soap, the smell makes me sick. What shampoo do you use? I'm loving Joico but right now, as I write, my scalp is starting to act up.
Getting old really sucks bigtime.


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I use Cetaphil bar soap, but NOT the anti-bacterial version because it has Triclosan, which I avoid like the plague. Have you tried Aveeno bar soap? How are you with Ivory bar soap, other than it drying out the skin?
Perhaps you would do well with baby shampoo? (Shampoos are not as much a problem for me.)

We have good luck with any "free/clear" type detergent, as long as I run extra rinses to remove detergent residue. (The perfumes from normal detergents give me a headache.) I am not saving much water (no way) with a FL washer. All the extra rinses and cycles sans detergent to remove slight overdoses, when 1 ml(!) too much detergent is too much . . . ugh..... and I never know until it's too late. Underdosing is not nice, either, been there, done that.

Another thought --- do you have a chlorine filter on your shower head? If not, give it a try. It can make a big difference for dry, itchy skin.

Here is a link that might be useful: chlorine allergy info


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Wow. Thanks for the great link, Cavimum. I will read it this afternoon. (Interesting, however, that one of those bad chemicals in laundry detergents is meant to diffuse chlorine in our water though, no?)


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@patann - That company's advertising says the anti-chlorine agent in the detergent is there to minimize fading in the fabrics. Various water supplies have varying amounts of chlorine. In our previous home, ten miles away but a different municipal water supply, there were many times a shower smelled like a public swimming pool, due to the amount of chlorine in the water during the summer.


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We have detergent allergies. These are some things we have resorted to. Our allergies are worse in the winter.
Always double rinse but in the winter, one wash and rinse with detergent and some times half detergent and then wash and rinse with water softener used for the wash cycle. I have switched to soap at times as opposed to detergent. Ivory flakes used to be soap so it was easy but now I have to find real soap of some kind to use.

We are getting ready to buy a new washing machine and will probably buy a Speed Queen to have a good amount of water.


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I've done several loads of my towels, sheets, clothes with Vaska and it really makes a HUGE difference so far, but still checking out food and bath soap sensitivities. If needed, the only thing I would add would be Calgon (or Spot-Off or Bac-Out for stains) but haven't had the need yet. Still washing spouse's clothes in Tide. Will sneak in BioKleen with enzymes when "his" detergents are gone or after I take some detergents to humane society this weekend. I appreciate all your comments tremendously.


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We have water that is has heavy chlorine added to it. When you walked into our bathroom after a shower it smelled like somebody poured a bottle of Clorox everywhere. So we added one of those shower filters and it makes a huge difference. No bleach smell anymore! And our skin is not nearly as dried out in the winter time either.

Sometime in 2012 Basis changed their formula on their bar soap. We have been using it for a number of years when all of a sudden it started causing itching really bad. Fortunately I was able to find 10 bars of the old formula being sold on Ebay. But that supply is now running low. And Cetaphil causes itching too.

I have heard that Goat's milk & Glycerine soap is good to use to prevent itches. Does anyone here use it? Also how about "Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap". Someone told me that it smells horrible but does the job without itching.

We used to use FOCA, Purex Baby Detergent & Tide but all of a sudden those have given me the itches pretty bad. We've used them for years but all of a sudden they are aggravating my skin again. So we tried the All Free & Clear and no itches at all.

It appears that the older I get the worse this allergy gets.
Has anyone else noticed this?


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dualref, thanks for the various input above. My fave bath soap is now South of France verbena bar soap. Lots of natural oils and it rinses so well. No itchies. Will use Aveeno body wash when nesessary. And speaking of older and itchier, yes, they must go together. I'm still loving Vaska laundry with extra rinses and just ordered Vaska oxygen bleach today on-line. Not sure I need the enzymes in All FC but I won't give it away yet.


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Dual ref/Patann:I too have skin problems and I think they get worse with age. Mine are also worse in winter and you just itch & itch. Sometimes more than others. I have noticed that some of mine are worse with certain things I eat. Spicy things are one of mine but also eggs are the worst for me. I will be clawing in no time after eating an egg.

I have used a lot of different soap but Dove white or sensitive works best for me. Dial and some body wash(Olay thinking it was very moisturing)are the worst for me--feel like you are in an ant bed after using that stuff. I use lotion afterward--either Lubriderm or Eucerin and I do ok then. Have a relative that was having some skin problems and the Dr. told her to only use CeraVe and that helped her.

About the detergent:Used All FC for years due to a child with Asthma. Have flipped/flopped to other stuff just didnt use it on his stuff BUT I have noticed the Tide makes me itch. A few months ago my BIL told me he had been having a rash so he went to the Dermatologist and he ask what he washed in(Tide). Dr told him to get rid of that and go with All FC. He bought it went home washed his stuff again and he said the rash was gone--but the Dr also gave him some cream for it but them afterwards using All no more breakouts.

If you will go on the All website and click on the Dr link then on the Why All FC it tells how it gets rid of dust mites(even in low water temps) and others things too. I most time get the liquid--have used the 3X too. Tried the powder also(bought at W Mart). It is a very fine powder kind of like Ivory Snow used to be years ago. The powder has enzymes best I remember. I havent tried the one with the Oxi. I figure the Oxi or the enzymes might cause a problem for some folks??

Oh yeah, I also take Omega3 Fish Oil and that seems to help me cause I can tell a difference when I skip.


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@dualref - Those chlorine filters on the shower head really do help!

@sparky823 - the 'all FC' site claims to remove dust mite matter, which is different from dust mites. The verbage is deceiving.

It is possible to become sensitive to anything we've used over time, including 'safe' soaps & detergents. I know someone in their 70s who had an allergic reaction to penicillin recently, even though it never bothered them all their 70 years of life. I wonder if reducing your detergent dose might help.

I know someone who recently got a TL 'he' washing machine in November . Her sons are a bit itchy and her daughter with terrible skin sensitivities is now covered in a body rash and absolutely miserable. In talking with the friend, she is still full-dosing detergent the Kirkland's 'he' FC detergent per bottle directions *and* adding a bit more detergent because she thinks that will help make the clothes even cleaner. I explained about detergent residue, etc. We're on the same city water supply, so I suggested she reduce to 1/3 or 1/4 dose and see how her daughter's skin goes.

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When Cavimum first mentioned chlorine filters for showers some months ago, I didn't know that the filter fit right on the shower head because I didn't open up the link she provided. Thank you, Cavimum and dualref for the clarification. I will definitely look into it now.
sparky, I don't think we react adversely to all enzymes, so All FC actually did not bother me, it's just that I'm not sure my clothes got as clean as they do in Vaska plus oxygen bleach. I would rather not use enzymes, just because I'd rather use oxygen bleach to get my stains out. I've decided that enzymes are just more harsh chemicals that I don't want to use unless I'm desperate about a stain removal. I remember that xhappyx once said she is only affected by the enzymes in Tide products but not any other products, so I've taken a que from that finding and am really picky (and obsessive) about what I use.


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The All FC Liquid doesnt have enzymes, just the powder form that I know of. Then there is the Oxi version which I have never used. I just add my own oxi or some peroxide for white clothes.

Cavi-I didnt realize that about the wording between matter and mites. Thanks for pointing that out.


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Actually the chlorine filter for showers usually mount at the end of the water supply pipe in the shower and then your shower head mounts to the filter. Very, very easy to install. You just screw the filter onto the pipe.
And it really prevents a lot of drying out of your skin. My DW says her hair feels much better with it too.


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Wow. How amazing would it be this late in life to discover the cause of my itchy scalp is chlorine? On my way to local hardware store right now.


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@patann - Our local Home Depot sells the chlorine filters, if your hardware store doesn't have any.

From the trivia dept: Liquid ALL F&C "Oxi" is a different formula from Liquid ALL F&C. The "oxi" version has enzymes. I know this because I called the ALL people and asked. The ALL F&C "Oxi" cap is impossible to read for measuring, and I could not get a coherent answer from the people at ALL on dosing the F&C "Oxi" version, so I gave it away.


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And I may add that Lowes & Maynard's also sells them too. Just make sure you buy one that has a replaceable filter.
We use a GE model.

Here is what they look like:


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dual ref-Does the All F&C still seem to be working to keep you itch free? Maybe you have found the cause and won't be bothered with it any more.


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Yes, it has stopped the itch completely! It used to start around where my socks hit my skin, then around my wrists when I wore a t-shirt with long sleeves. After about an hour of wearing clothes I would start to itch & scratch.
I used the All F&C and noticed the difference the after the very first time I washed clothes & bed linens in it. Then I started using a simple Goat's milk soap and all the redness disappeared from my skin. A week later my skin looks 10 years younger. No more itching, scaling, flaking or anything at all!


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dual ref-Thats great. No more misery with the scratching! And for me the more I scratched the more you want to of course...

I saw today in a Wal Mart sale they have the AllF&C 110 load(172oz. jug) for $10.77. Target also has it, same jug but it is $11.99

Glad you found something that works. I have never tried the Goat Milk soap but plan to now. Thanks.


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I tried Goat's mill soap with Shea butter and while I had no reaction to it, the honey/almond/oatmeal soap I found online was much better as far as repairing my damaged skin. Just make sure whatever goat's skin milk you buy has only goat's milk, glycerine, oils, essential oils in it for best results.
If it has any of that sodium laurel stuff in it run away!


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And you are right, itching the itch is a vicious cycle. You start to scratch and it makes you scratch more, then your skin gets damaged from the scratching and redness & flaking sets in and you scratch even more.

Once you start avoiding the things that make you itch (like detergents & soaps) it takes a couple of weeks for your skin to fully heal again. But the nice thing is that once you take action the itching usually stops immediately.


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Try putting vinegar in the "fabric softener" cup--I've read that it helps rinse out all the detergent residue. I wash most our laundry in baking soda, vinegar and I sometimes add Dr. Bronner's castille liquid soap (free of all perfumes/dyes) available at Target or Trader Joe's. Clean clothes that don't smell like "cleaner".


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Just a note, we washed a set of sheets in Vaska Lavender and had no itching at all. The bottle said it is made from plant based products so whatever causes itching is probably not in it. But the sheets came out softer with the All FC.

And for Body washes, even Aveeno those are usually worse than bar soap. They have alcohol in them to keep them liquid and that can dry out your skin even further. I stay away from those. Last time I used Aveeno body wash I itched for days afterwards.


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I'll take this opportunity to reiterate that "South of France" soap, specifically the verbena formula, are the only soaps, liquid and bar, that I can use with no irritation. Also, believe it or not, Dial original gold bar soap does not irritate my skin. I use it about once a month, more in summer. It was once on a list of "least irriating soaps" on a dermatology website. But do try the South of France super-wonderful-oil bar soaps. I've been using the verbena for a couple of years now but a friend bought me the mango and it is has a natural scent and is glycerine as well.

The body washes don't work for me either, dual.


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A few days ago I received a couple of bars of "South of France" Shea Butter soap. It doesn't have any Goat's milk in it but is a basic soap.
It works ok for me. It doesn't irritate or itch, but it doesn't feel as smooth as the Goat's Milk soap I bought. I look at South of France soap as a good maintenance soap after your have repaired your skin with the Goat's Milk stuff. I just sent one of my cousins who has the same problem with detergents a bottle of All F&C, a bar of Goat's Milk soap and a shower filter with my compliments.
I'm hoping she gets just as good a result with it as I did.
Pat: Did you get your shower filter yet?


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No shower filter yet. Need another billing cycle to pass by. Wish I were your cousin, dual!

Washed all our goose down pillows in Vaska at a friend's house (I have a top loader) yesterday and I think Vaska needs to pay me a commission for pushing this wonderful stuff.


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My cousin received her box today and called to thank me. She was going to use the Goat's Milk soap tonight with the shower filter. She said she'd let me know how it works for her in a week or so.


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Spoke with my cousin today and the Honey-Oatmeal-Almond Goat's milk soap worked just fine for her. All itching gone and her skin is recovering too. She also likes the All F&C too.


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dual ref-What is the brand name of the Goats Milk soap you bought? I have looked and there are all different brands and also some are homemade. They might all do the same but since you have had such good results with the one you tried for you and your cousin, just wondered which one you bought if you dont mind saying.

Glad the soap and the All helped your cousin also.


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I bought the soap from www.sundancesoapery.com. They also sell through Ebay. These are home made soaps too, they contain only the minimal ingredients. I used the Honey-Almond-Oatmeal soap. Before buying make sure the soap you want has Goats Milk in it, they also sell other types of soaps too. They actually have a very wide selection.

BTW, I have no interests in the Sundancesoapery company. I only mentioned it because a reader asked for more info about the company.


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Thanks Dual Ref. I just ordered some of the honey/oat/almond. Thanks Again for your help!


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You will definitely like it. The scent is just wonderful. Let us know how your skin likes it after use.


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Dual-I was in Dollar General Market today and they have the 96 load of All Free/Clear for $8.50. I was surprised by that price. Just thought I would tell you in case you wanted to check it out in your area.

My Honey/Almond/Oat soap is supposed to be to me by Thursday.


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Thanks for the heads up. I'll see if we have a Dollar General in our area. That's a pretty good price.

Now you have to tell us how the Goats Milk Soap did on your skin. That company has fast delivery.


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I'm new here :-) and this may or may not help, but I make my own laundry detergent - I'm allergic to a lot of scented products, so it's the best option I've found. My basic recipe is 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup Borax, 1 bar castile soap (grated; can also use 1 bar Zote or Ivory, but the castile is 99 cents at my grocery!). Can add 1/4 cup Purex crystals for scent. Shake it all up in a bottle and use 2 tbsp per load. This is great for HE washers since it doesn't foam up. Our clothes are so much softer and cleaner now - we even stopped using fabric softener altogether! It's much cheaper than purchasing detergent and, for me at least, has been great allergy-wise. You might give that a try!


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With the Castile Bar (Is it Kirk's?) I would worry about a soap build up in the washing machine. Maybe a reside in the tub?
Yes, soap does make clothing washed in it feel softer.


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Dual-got my Goat Milk honey almond oat soap Thursday. So far I like it a lot! Using it I didnt really notice much difference lathering up, but then after you get dried off your skin just feels different. Even my hands felt different. I guess it is the exfoliating and moisturing together that makes your skin feel better.(removing the dead skin) I will be buying more.

Hope it and the All are still working for you.

Thanks again for the info on the soap!


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After you use the bar of soap a few times it will become soapier. What I like about it is how fast it rinses off of your skin.
It's kind of like you put moisturizer on after you get out of the shower, but with none of the stickiness.
I ordered more soap from the same company and I was amazed at how many scents the Goats Milk Soap come in. I ordered a bunch to give away to friends as gifts this year. I also think the prices are very reasonable for what you get.


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Try 'Charlies Soap' - it doesn't leave any residue in the fibres/clothing and no fragrance etc so clothes come out very clean but free of any residual chemicals etc... I started using when my babies were born and have never looked back - you don't need fabric softener and your clothing will get softer and softer with each wash


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I use All Free clear for my undies. Anything else (and this includes natural and eco friendly brands) causes an allergic reaction in that delicate area. I have sensitive skin all over, but not as bad as there, so I can get away with certain detergents on regular clothing, bedding, and towels. But it's always All Free and Clear on the undies. ALWAYS!!!! LOL :D HTH.


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happymom, do you use the All Free with the Oxi or the "plain" regular one?


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