Anybody have any allergic reaction to the home made laundry soap?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by addiedunn, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. addiedunn

    addiedunn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've made the laundry detergent twice now. DH has been experiencing minor itching and discomfort off and on for about a month. I made the first batch about a month ago. I've always been bad about having skin irritations from certain laundry soaps but I didn't from this one. And we love it. But I'm worried now it might be the soap. He has also been stopping for cappuccino in the mornings on the way to work. This morning he said after the first sip his mouth felt funny and by the time he got to work, he was all broken out in hives. They had to give him a shot of benedryl and call me to come and get him. He's also done this when he's had on clothes that I hadn't yet washed in the home made stuff.
    I'm hoping against hope that it isn't the laundry detergent because I have really felt like its gonna save me a lot of money and we love it.

    Anybody got any suggestions?
     
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    I would doubt that it's the laundry detergent... especially since he has had times when he's had a reaction and you havn't washed his clothes in it.

    Maybe for an experiment... wash his clothes in something else for a few weeks, and see if the itching continues. You can probably get away with just washing them in water; most people don't really get their clothes that dirty.

    Good luck!!
     
  3. mwdh1

    mwdh1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sent some of my soap to a neighbor who has really bad allergies to perfumes /dyes, and she is actually buying the soap from me for $5.00 a gallon.

    What kind of bar soap are you using to make the detergent? Something in the soap itself may be the problem, or you may try reducing the amount of washing soda a little. Those would be my suggestions.
     
  4. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
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    My DD has allergies and she's been fine with the homemade liquid soap. Doesn't sound like it's the soap though since you've noted that it's happened when he's wearing clothes that haven't been washed in the homemade soap! I'd tell him to stop with the cappucinno.......[​IMG] [​IMG]
    I love the soap too!!!
     
  5. addiedunn

    addiedunn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all. I'm making a doc appointment for him tomorrow. I'm thinking the cappuccino, too. I read the entire thread on the laundry soap and a lot of people use it specifically because of allergies to other detergents. We may be safe there.
    To answer questions...I use the fels naptha soap. And DH gets pretty dirty. Works in a factory. So I couldn't wash the clothes in water. but I could switch back for a while.
    I'll let you know...
     
  6. addiedunn

    addiedunn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK--yesterday was when DH had to have the shot of benedryl for all the hives. So he slept all day yesterday because of the shot and was fine last night and this morning. He got up, got dressed, bypassed the cappuccino, walked in the door at work and immediately started breaking out in the hives. He's worked there 40 + years. never a problem before. I guess my next move, while he's at the doc, will be to wash all of his clothes in the old Tide I have left.....and he's on his way home with all his work clothes, too.
    We're bummed.
     
  7. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh thats the worst hives
    I hope things work out for him.
    when you say u will wash all his clothes in a different soap I hope you mean ALL the clothes even sox that he has on that day.and the next..

    Sissy
     
  8. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    If you are using fels, try using zote soap in your next batch. It is a little gentler from what I hear.

    The only way to know for sure what is making him break out is to get tested. I break out in hives from too much wheat, tomato, cottonseed oil, raisins, grapes, and chicken eggs.

    A little of each is no biggie, but when I was poor and in college living on fried egg sandwiches with tomato....yeah...hives big time.
     
  9. mom2chicksandpups

    mom2chicksandpups Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have severe allergies to soaps, perfumes, etc. I don't know anything about homemade laundry soap, but it sounds interesting.... How do you make it if it's not too hard to explain?

    Two types that I have been able to use are Purex Free & Clear and All Free & Clear. They are among the cheaper brands at Wal Mart and both are totally scent-free. If you haven't tried these, it might be worth a shot. Anything else that I've used breaks me out in a rash so bad I will scratch my skin off in my sleep at night.
     
  10. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    The basic recipes is shredded zote soap, washing soda (sodium carbonate) and Borax.
     

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