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Old 07-26-2007, 01:02 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My husband has recently developed horrible hive-like reactions that seem to be a reaction to fabric touching him. We've used Trader
Joe's laundry detergent for 6 months, but the nurse he's seen says sometimes it takes months to develop an allergy (?). I've started washing everything with Charley's (which I use on my diapers), and his reactions seem not quite so severe, but still not good. Anyone have recommendations on what we should switch to? Poor hubby is miserable!

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All free and clear?

You could also try making your own with grated fel naptha soap, washing soda and borax. Here's the recipe:

Laundry Detergent
1 bar Octagon soap (found in the laundry aisle), grated.
3/4 cup washing soda (Arm & Hammer is the most common brand)
3/4 cup borax (20 Mule Team is the most common brand)
1 medicine dropper of tea tree oil

Put the grated soap in a saucepan with 6 cups water and heat on medium-low, stirring occassionally, until it is melted. Add the soda and borax and stir until dissolved. Add the tea tree oil.

Pour 1 quart of hot water into a bucket. Add the dissolved soap and stir. Add 1.5 gallons of water and stir again. It can be used immediately, but it will gel up after about 24 hours.

Use 1/2 cup per load.

Most delis (grocery stores, Costco, etc.) get salads and stuff in small white buckets that are just right for this recipe. If you ask nicely, they'll probably give you one.
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Hmm, I have all but the Octagon soap, so maybe I'll give it a try. Have you used it, and what do you think? I've had a lot of trouble with detergent buildup on my diapers, which is why I switched to Charlies. Both it and TJs detergent have only natural ingredients, no softeners. Both have coconut oil listed as an ingredient. Anyone ever heard of someone being allergic to that?

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All I can say is stay away from TIDE anything LOL DP so allergic to any kind of soap made by tide....:P
We have to rotate soaps cause of all of our skin allergies(yes the nurse is right, skin allergies/allergy suffers tend to build up a resistance after a few months use of certain things containing skin allergens). We rotate between Earth Friendly, Ivory, Woolite, All Baby(seems to be gentler on DP's skin), and then homemade soaps. Not really all in that order all the time, but we tend to rotate every two to three months or so depending on how everyone is feeling....
I am not a big fan of Ivory-just doesnt get the dirt out like other stuff does-so I do add vinegar and a bit of borax or baking soda to get em cleaner and it seems to work.
Earth Friendly's Organic Odor and Stain Remover is a FABULOUS pre-treater. It does wonders for our training pants and other hard to remove stains-and I think it comes free with your order if you order two or more bottles of their detergent-dont quote me on that tho might have been a current special they were running...

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I do use the type of the recipe I make. Its cost effective and I'm pleased with it. I typically do a vinegar rinse. I no longer CD but other women I have talked to online find it works well for them.
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DH has bad reactions to laundry detergent, but it seems that if I stay in the "perfume and dye free" category, he does OK. I think he's really reactive to whatever makes the fragrance. Anyway, we've used with success: All Free and Clear; Arm and Hammer Free; Method Free and Clear (which I can't find lately); 7th Generation liquid; Ecover Liquid. I'm currently using the 7th Generation powder b/c I read that it uses less in terms of fossil fuels to transport. Anyway, I've used the 7th Gen. Lavendar scented, and he didn't react as badly but it still wasn't great, even though it's more natural.

Good luck finding something!

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I do use the type of the recipe I make. Its cost effective and I'm pleased with it. I typically do a vinegar rinse. I no longer CD but other women I have talked to online find it works well for them.
I am soo gonna have to try that... I am always looking for more ways to improve my neverending list of options for cleaning my laundary(nk we really have issues with finding something and sticking to it for fear is will erupt in more hives...). It sounds great !

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We used to use All Free and Clear, until they changed something and I reacted. Hives all over. I looked like an albino leopard.

Maybe you should go with just a baking soda method until he's cleared up, then reintroduce laundry detergent, in smaller amounts, to the wash process to see what he can tolerate.

I use baking soda and about 1/3 the normal amount (one tsp instead of one TBSP) of Granny's Power Plus (infortunately no longer available to the best of my knowledge) for our laundry. Going lighter on the detergent so it is more likely to rinse out all the way, or doing double rinses, can help.

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I made the homemade detergent, and it seems to work well. Hubby is still breaking out in hives, though, and I am beginning to think it may be stress more than detergent, despite the diagnosis.

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try searching for hypoallergenice detergents..
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