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Last night I got a red raised rash around my legs and bottom, except for where they were covered by my underwear. The rash was everywhere my shorts had been in contact on me during the day. I think the shorts were washed in Charlie's Soap, which we've been using for the past few weeks, and the underwear were washed in Tide prior to that.<br><br>
DH hated the strong scent of the Tide HE we had been using, so Charlie's Soap seemed promising since it has no scent, softeners, or optical brighteners added. I've also seen it often recommended for sensitive skin. Yet I have this big, irritated rash. For some reason I didn't get the rash on my torso; I'm not sure if my shirt was washed in it. I know I washed our bed sheets in it, but I didn't react to them. I've read about many people using it to launder cloth diapers, and it clearing up babies rashes and helping with their eczema, though I've also read that it can cause a rash in some babies, but I've never heard of it causing a rash on a grownup. One person said that the rash started after they had been using it for a month, which is close to how long I've been using it.<br><br>
Has anyone else had a similar experience? Can you recommend another detergent for a HE front-loading washer?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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Seventh Generation Free and Clear has no scents in it.
 

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My daughter got a rash from Charlie's soap, too.<br><br>
I decide it was leaving caustic residue on the fabric, because vinegar in the rinse solved it (we didn't buy it again). We use All free and clear - unscented and washes clean in our water.
 

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Thanks for the recommendations!<br><br>
Good to know that I'm not the only one that thinks a rash can be caused by Charlie's Soap too. You're probably correct that it's probably caused by a caustic residue that has built up over time. I'll try the vinegar in the rinse in addition to a new detergent. How much vinegar? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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On the diapering forums I read, many baby's have got a terrible rash, almost like a chemical burn from Charlie's when their diapers were washed in it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> There was a group of moms that wrote a letter to Charlie about it and tried to find out what was happening, and I am not sure if it was ever resolved.<br><br>
We've been using Country Save and love it. If you check their web site, they had an independent 3rd party test it, and it rinses virtually completely clean compared to other tested detergents.
 

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we got rashes here from Charlies as well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br>
It has taken me forever to get the residue out fo the diapers. I will try vinegar but you would think that stripping them a dozen times on the sanitary cycle woudl do it, no. It also gave my husband a huge rash.<br>
we are back to Tide Free HE.
 

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Received a very nice letter with very good customer service from Charlie's Soap in response to my request to return the remainder for a refund. Don't think I'll try their suggestion though since the rash was so bad and there are other detergents which will work fine.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Howdy,<br><br>
I've refunded your purchase price, but I think I'm 100% sure what the problem may have been.<br><br>
When you first got the laundry powder, did you follow these steps...<br><br>
1) Use two scoops and a few old rags to clean out your washing machine of old detergent residues...<br>
2) Wash your clothes more than once before starting to wear them.<br><br>
Step #2 can sometimes be VERY important. What happens is that Charlie's will attack and pull out all the old detergent residues that have been building up for weeks or months or longer. Often, there is too much for it to handle on the first couple of loads and it just pulls the residues to the surface of the fabric and then the washing cycle ends. The rinse comes in, and the the Charlie's goes away instantly, but the other detergents do not dissolve in water and are left (lessened, but not gone yet). Everyone I have encountered who told of a reaction had a lot of detergent residues in their clothes that hadn't made it out yet. We asked them to run a full outfit (underwear all the way up) at least 3 times (sometimes adding a splash of borax or oxy bleach to soften the water further if necessary) and THEN put the clothes on.<br><br>
This experiment is on my dime, if you're willing to try. Charlie's Soap is incapable of leaving a residue if used at the proper dosage and rinsed properly (2 rinses is more than plenty.)<br><br>
Anyway, good luck, but like I said, your money has been refunded if you choose not to try again. Thank you for considering us.<br><br>
Taylor Sutherland<br>
Ops Manager, Charlie's Soap</td>
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I read that on their site and I think that info is also on the side of their bottle.<br><br>
That solution didn't pertain to us though with our new clothes and brand new machine (we moved to a cooler climate and our old machine broke). For the first month, Charlie's was the only detergent used in the machine. We also had to replace clothes from a major growth spurt and change of climate, new diapers too so there really wasn't any heavy detergent build-up that needed removing.<br><br>
We did follow their directions anyway though, still had the bad rashes.
 
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