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I was wondering if some detergents have gluten in them. If they do, do they cause a reaction?

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I use Seventh Generation or Arm and Hammer detergents.

They are both gluten free. I personally get problems with certain kinds of detergents so I stick with those two brands.

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Great! Thanks! :D Do you know if All is gluten-free??

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I actually just called Arm and Hammer today about their detergents and got quite an equivocal answer--they cannot guarantee that their detergents are gluten free, so I switched to Purex Free and Clear because they were adamant that their detergent is completely gluten free. It may seem over the top to worry about detergent--I can't be certain that it causes a reaction, but I am a stomach sleeper, so who knows how many times I've inadvertently slobbered my pillow in the middle of the night. :P

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I contacted Arm & Hammer and they said there was possible cross-contamination in their laundry detergent. I broke out in sever dermatitis herpetiformis. Changed to Fab but they will not contact me back regarding this issue. I will change now to Purex Free & Clear and they say NO GLUTEN.

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I have definately reacted to laundry detergents. It may not have always been gluten, but something in the perfumes, etc. Thanks for the info about Arm and Hammer! I use Purex Free and Clear, also, and have no more "itchies" :) If necessary, I also have used All Free and Clear, which is also good.

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My Tide with Downy was making me break out in hives, and it took more than a month to figure it out! I use All free & clear now and am very happy with it.

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My Tide with Downy was making me break out in hives, and it took more than a month to figure it out! I use All free & clear now and am very happy with it.

I look at comercials for the Tide w/Downy, or some of the new detergents scented with lavendar and think it would be nice to be able to use those :rolleyes: , but I don't dare <_< I'm actually using the All F&C now, as sometimes the stores here don't stock the Purex one.

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All Free and Clear is great! We found a genric thats "free and clear" too, alot cheaper but need find out if its gluten-free still. Since my son does not have DH we do not worry as much about it.

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I look at comercials for the Tide w/Downy, or some of the new detergents scented with lavendar and think it would be nice to be able to use those :rolleyes: , but I don't dare <_< I'm actually using the All F&C now, as sometimes the stores here don't stock the Purex one.

Patti--

I don't know, maybe this would bother you too...but 7th Generation (what we use) has a lavender scented high efficieny detergent...

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Speaking of detergents, does anyone have any suggestions for non-irritating fabric softeners? I'm almost sure that Bounce causes me some problems, but I live in such a dry climate that I need *something* to control static cling from the dryer.

Jeanne

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Speaking of detergents, does anyone have any suggestions for non-irritating fabric softeners? I'm almost sure that Bounce causes me some problems, but I live in such a dry climate that I need *something* to control static cling from the dryer.

Jeanne

I think it would be worth trying some of the more 'natural' laundry products. We use 7th generation and it works great. You could ck out their fabric softner: http://www.seventhgeneration.com/our_produ...c_softener.html

Ecover is also a good brand. I really like their stain stick: http://www.ecover.com/us/en/Products/Laund...ain+Remover.htm

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Tide has always made me break out in a rash since I was a little kid!

Era is the only detergent that doesn't seem to bother anyone in the house. I've tried several, and each one has made someone break out in a rash. I guess it's not always related to gluten!

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I think it would be worth trying some of the more 'natural' laundry products. We use 7th generation and it works great. You could ck out their fabric softner: http://www.seventhgeneration.com/our_produ...c_softener.html

Ecover is also a good brand. I really like their stain stick: http://www.ecover.com/us/en/Products/Laund...ain+Remover.htm

Thanks for the links; I'll check those out!

I did notice that the 7th generation one is mostly soy. I'm pretty sure I have a soy intolerance (still trying to figure this one out); should I worry about that in a fabric softener?

Jeanne

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Thanks for the links; I'll check those out!

I did notice that the 7th generation one is mostly soy. I'm pretty sure I have a soy intolerance (still trying to figure this one out); should I worry about that in a fabric softener?

Jeanne

If it isn't a skin issue I wouldn't worry about it personally. I do not use anything with gluten in it of course...but I might use a product that had milk protein in it on my skin, as I have a dairy intolerance.

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If it isn't a skin issue I wouldn't worry about it personally. I do not use anything with gluten in it of course...but I might use a product that had milk protein in it on my skin, as I have a dairy intolerance.

Well, I'm pretty sure that when I *eat* soy, it makes my hand break out in a rash after several hours. As far as I know, nothing happens when I just touch it, so maybe it's at least worth trying.

Jeanne

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I've read that soy issues start with skin exposure and progress to dietary intolerance.

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Tide has always made me break out in a rash since I was a little kid!

Era is the only detergent that doesn't seem to bother anyone in the house. I've tried several, and each one has made someone break out in a rash. I guess it's not always related to gluten!

This is too funny! Tide original is the only detergent that does not make anyone in my house break out! Each person in my house reacts to a different detergent, so now I am afraid to try anything new.

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We use either Era or Cheer, both of which I do fine with.

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Good to hear about the ERA, because I love it!!

What about Downy??

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I've read that soy issues start with skin exposure and progress to dietary intolerance.

Oh, goody. :blink: Guess I'll pass on the 7th generation, then.

Jeanne

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Tide has always made me break out in a rash since I was a little kid!

Era is the only detergent that doesn't seem to bother anyone in the house. I've tried several, and each one has made someone break out in a rash. I guess it's not always related to gluten!

I've always been irritated by Tide since I was a kid as well... never had a problem with anything else...

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I've always been irritated by Tide since I was a kid as well... never had a problem with anything else...

Tide has also irritated me for as long as I can remember.

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Oh, goody. :blink: Guess I'll pass on the 7th generation, then.

Jeanne

Hmmm, I have never heard that with food intolerances...with them starting with the skin. If you have food allergies or intolerances and eat an offending food, you can get a rash from that, but I haven't heard of skin exposure to a food causing a food intolerance.

eKatherine--Do you have a link to the article you read? I'd be curious to read about that if you do...

Jeanne-When I looked at the "natural" laundry products, soy seemed common in the fabric softners. Hmmm, you could ck earth friendly and ecover products...

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Tide makes me itchy. I hate it.

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