Jump to content
ERipley

How do you make laundry smell good?

Recommended Posts

ERipley

I use an unscented washing liquid and dry towels in the dryer. My son absolutely hates the smell of them! They just smell like clean dryer towels to me...

 

What do you use to make your laundry smell nice? Is there a particularly good brand? Or a trick? I think he likes citrus scents but anything sweet might be nice too?

 

Thanks everyone!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Gumbette

We use Cold Power 'lemon' fragrance and everything smells nice and fresh.

 

ETA: The Aldi laundry liquid - Almat I think it's called 'spice temptation' also smells nice too.

Edited by Gumbette

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
71Cath

I think hanging outside makes all the difference.

  • Like 23

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Claudia Jean

I think hanging outside makes all the difference.

 

Yep, 100%

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
seayork2002

I like Biozet, I used to love Ariel but can't find it here in Australia

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Demera

I second eucalyptus oil in the wash, and towels need a hot wash now and then, if you don't already do that.

 

I also like fabric softener occasionally which has a sweet floral fragrance.

 

Could he be the sort that has a super sensitive sense of smell and can detect a little mankiness that the rest of us mere mortals can't?

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hollycoddle

I love Radiant purely for the smell. Top-loader powder. And I third hanging outside.

Edited by Mollycoddle
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
raspberry sherbert

I use the black aldi laundry liquid Gumbette mentioned. Almat brand

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ERipley
Edited by ERipley
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
magic_marker

I use dryer sheets from Costco in the tumble dryer.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
~LemonMyrtle~

Have you tried using an extra rinse cycle? I use that for every wash, due to allergies, so our clothes come out smelling of nothing. We use low fragrance powder too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
can'tstayaway

I know the smell he means. Hard to describe, it’s a hint of the rubber seals that have been heated. It’s very subtle but there.

 

I use the dryer on the recommendation of the allergy specialist due to my kids’ allergies. I’ve found it’s improved my own sinus problems as well. Funny how I’ll make all these changes for my kids but not for my own health lol.

 

Anyway, I find not overloading the dryer and allowing them to cool and air out a bit helps the smell dissipate. I have my 3 tier airing rack set up indoors next to some north facing windows. If there’s nothing on them, I chuck the towels and sheets onto it to cool down. I also use the extra dry function on the dryer so it is totally dry.

 

ETA I can’t stand the smell of fabric softeners (they decrease absorption of towels as well), dryer sheets or those scent dispensers. I have accidentally washed orange peel and lavender flowers in the machine and then had it go through the dryer. I had wondered what the slightly citrusy smell was until I went to iron my son’s school pants and found that he had shoved his orange peels in his pockets instead of a bin.

Edited by can'tstayaway

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Paddlepop

I use Dynamo liquid. Just the normal blue one with no fancy extras. I like the smell. For towels I soak them in pink Napisan, rinse, then wash with Dynamo and add vinegar to the final rinse water. This leaves them with a slight fragrance but nothing overwhelming.

 

Don't use fabric softener on towels. It puts a waterproof coating on them and decreases their absorption.

 

Personally I hate eucalyptus scented laundry products. The washing always smell manky to me afterwards.

 

I've been using Canestan Hygiene Rinse in my washing for a few months. We're fighting a long term fungal skin infection, and it's anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It goes in the final rinse water and leaves a nice lemony scent on the washing. Might be worth a try? Added bonus is if there's some sort of musty smell from bacteria or fungus on the towels it will eliminate it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ERipley

I know the smell he means. Hard to describe, it’s a hint of the rubber seals that have been heated. It’s very subtle but there.

 

Yes! I just took a duvet hot out of the dryer and sniffed it and this is the smell! He has no problem with anything except the towels so I guess they just hold the smell while other things don’t.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BBC

What if you put a couple of drops of vanilla or orange oil or lavender oil on a face washer and threw it in the dryer with the towels?

 

I haven't tried it as I'm a line dryer, but the orange peel story above makes me think it may work.

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PrincessPeach

I use radiant powder because I don't react to the scents.

 

But in my top loader I use white vinegar as a fabric softener, everything seems to smell nice & fresh.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MoreCoffeePlease

I use bosistos laundry liquid for washing as well

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jenflea

Never use fabric softener on towels, it coats the fibres and makes them water resistant(and gross. I had a friend who'd use half a bottle on her towels, they were horrible to use).

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
YumChaTheSecond

 

Personally I hate eucalyptus scented laundry products. The washing always smell manky to me afterwards.

 

 

Me too. It makes me feel nauseous if I can smell eucalyptus oil on my clothes.

 

We have used Biozet for years but recently it wasn't getting the armpit smells out so we've switched to Omo.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
rosie28

Dirt laundry liquid, line dry the towels but pop them in the dryer for the last bit so they’re soft but not fried by being in there for too long. Subtle lemony fragrance, lovely and soft.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
=R2=

The sun

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
marley*and*me

 

 

He is super sensitive! He has sensory processing disorder. It’s definitely not mankiness though. I always hot wash them and use the timer so they go straight in the dryer. He just finds some smells bother him, though those are often smells other people like.

 

And his dad can’t stand fabric softener. He says it makes towels feel slimy. And his mum says they will ruin the washing machine.

 

This family...

 

And Mum is right.

 

Fabric softener is the worst thing you can put through your washing machine, apart maybe from say a hammer, but that is another story. It completely clogs the pipes that drain the water and sticks to the drum. We have a home biocycle system and it is the number one no go thing to put down our drains.

 

Hanging in the sun is the best killer of all odours. Plus those no scent washing powders do have a scent. Some set off my hay fever like there is no tomorrow and I just want to join the rocket going to mars.

 

I use biozet. It seems to work.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fizgig

I don't use anything scented as I find them really overwhelming. Like a PP I use white vinegar instead of fabric softener and line dry. I don't have a super smeller though so can't rate how it would work for your DS.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sara.xoxo

Canesten rinse is the best. Anti fungal and I love the smell

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
got my tinsel on

Sunshine and a breeze.

 

No better clean washing smell.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Announcements

×
×
  • Create New...