Downy Infusions: Why?

Just saw a commercial for a Downy product – touch activated long lasting scent fabric conditioner (Ultra Downy Infusions). This sounds like such a terrible idea to me.

To begin with, I certainly don’t get why you would want MORE fragrance in your clothes than you already get with normal detergents and/or fabric softeners/dryer sheets. Sure, maybe you like the scents they offer or whatever. But to use a product that leaves so much residue on your clothes that touching the material releases the fragrance into the air? That just seems to be a terrible idea. Cloth that you wear next to your skin infused with chemicals, releasing those chemicals so you can breathe them all day long. I think it’s a little alarming.

I do not know anything about the toxicity of these products — apparently it’s difficult to get any kind of complete information about it because of trade secrets. But I don’t think I need to know the composition to be concerned about the addition of long-lasting chemicals onto your skin and into your lungs.

But also, just the fact that you’d want more fragrance in your laundry — what is that about? Is this for people who continually let their laundry sit in the washer and get smelly? Because there’s a solution for that that doesn’t cost money…

I was equally perplexed when they came out with “Unstopables”. The product doesn’t do anything but add more fragrance to your laundry as far as I can determine. Not to mention, why would you market a product with an inexplicable misspelling in the name? Usually brand name misspellings are to take advantage of a pun. I see no pun here, unless we are supposed to notice that there is less P in it. LOL

Maybe I’ll go back to foil balls in the dryer to prevent static cling and give up using dryer foil1sheets. I have tried it before and it does quite well. Better living through physics! The great thing is after they’ve been through a few cycles, they become shiny smooth little balls!

Adding a bit of white vinegar to the rinse water reportedly does a good job softening and eliminating soap residue. I have used vinegar to get rid of odors many times in the laundry rinse, so I know that works, but if you like some fragrance in your laundry, you can try a few drops of your favorite essential oil in with the vinegar.

I’d love to hear about your experiences with these products, pro or con.

 

 

Photo from greenideareviews.com

Who needs a dryer anyway?

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My ancient horrible clothes dryer bit the dust back in March. It still runs but will not heat. It’s definitely not worth paying to fix, and I’ve considered looking for a new or used one on Craigslist. But I decided I could get by with a clothesline, since it was early spring at the time and our snow melted early this year. My landlord was nice enough to install a retractable clothesline that I bought at the hardware store.

And I have been hanging the wash ever since. It’s definitely an adjustment, and a couple of times I’ve had to take wet wash to the laundromat to dry it there, but I rarely miss my dryer. Since it does still run as an air-dryer, I throw the line-dried towels in there for a bit to fluff them up. Otherwise they would be some scratchy.

I guess the biggest drawback is that I have to wait for a good day to do laundry. And it is a bit of work and time, but that part is kind of nice. A little extra work and a lot of FREE SUNSHINE!