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Heavily scenting clothes in washing drying cycle?
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Post# 948148   7/14/2017 at 09:36 by man114 (Buffalo)        

Any suggestions as to what course of action would be best to achieve such a result? It doesn't really have to be so much strong smelling as long lasting. Putting some sort of perfume oil on a dryer sheet?

Post# 948233 , Reply# 1   7/14/2017 at 22:44 by Stan (Napa CA)        

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I don't care for scents left on clothing, but I've used some detergents that I felt left a heavy scent behind.

Gain, and Tide, (Spring Renewal + Febreze) are two that I felt left a heavy scent.
They weren't right for me, but might be perfect for your needs.

Post# 948235 , Reply# 2   7/14/2017 at 23:06 by man114 (Buffalo)        

It's not really for me, my wife was works in HR and is in charge with employee uniforms. Scent wears off, employees swap them out, they're laundered more frequently then wear out so more have to be ordered. She was hoping something that lingered would equate to fewer launderings and longer uniform life.

Post# 948238 , Reply# 3   7/14/2017 at 23:28 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I stopped using fabric softener several months ago. I use wool dryer balls with a few drops of scented essential oil on them. This leaves a barely preceptiable scent on the dried laundry. The towels dry much better now because they don't have the coating that liquid fabric sottener leaves. Right now I'm using Mandarin Orange scented oil. I have used lavendar and bergomot oils and like these too. The Mandarin seems to be the most subtle.

Post# 948246 , Reply# 4   7/15/2017 at 01:10 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Isn't that what those Downy Unstopables is for that are always being advertised on tv. 


Post# 948277 , Reply# 5   7/15/2017 at 03:41 by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        

I was going to say exactly what Pete said.

I bought Downy Unstoppables a few years ago because, (a) let's face it, I'm curious about laundry stuff, (b) because I wanted to get P&G etc the idea that their *best* bet is to sell only *one* kind of laundry detergent, which is unscented, and let us play with scent some other way, say, fabric softener and/or something to shake into the wash cycle. I *still* have them, because it doesn't take much to last all week and I prefer just a tiny bit of scent, so I use much less than they think I should.

Whoever is currently producing All and Snuggle also has a line of scent pods and now even a "squeezable" thing that promises 100 days of "freshness". LOL.

In any case, I'm not sure of the situation in your wife's job, or what the uniforms are for (very different uses for say, nurses, firefighters, waiters, bank tellers etc). A person sitting in a climate controlled place doing no physical work, more or less like a bank teller, might get away with wearing the same uniform 2 or 3 days. I am under the impression that people on their feet walking all day long, like waiters and nurses will probably be better off wearing the uniform for a day and cleaning it.

I would like also to point out that there is wear and there is *wear*. People sweating on the fabrics will deposit salts and other things that abrade the fabrics. In fact, specialists say that, for example, people who get home and walk barefoot on their carpets get the carpets worn out much faster than people who wear slippers.

There's a good tipping point for everything -- for example, jeans look more worn out faster if they are washed once a week than if they are washed every 2-3 days (assuming, for the sake of the argument they're worn every day).

For what's worth.

Post# 948284 , Reply# 6   7/15/2017 at 06:13 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Purex also has a line of scent crystals.  I have a canister of Fresh Spring Waters but I use it for vacuum freshening, not clothes ... sprinkle a *very minimal* amount on the carpet.


Post# 948285 , Reply# 7   7/15/2017 at 06:36 by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        

Wow, that's a surprise to me -- Purex Crystals, when I bought some years ago, were sold as an in-wash fabric softener, not just a scent booster.

They did kinda soften the fabrics, much in the same way that fabric washed in Bold felt softer than fabric washed in just detergent would.

I guess they figured, why pay for expensive ingredients when people will pay just for the scent, eh?   ;-)

Post# 948298 , Reply# 8   7/15/2017 at 09:27 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
It might be easier

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To store the freshly laundered uniforms in containers with scent packets.

Post# 948307 , Reply# 9   7/15/2017 at 10:33 by mrboilwash (Munich,Germany)        

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It would be helpful if you could be more specific about the uniforms in question.
What fabrics are they made of ? What work environment (odors) are they exposed to ? Are parts of the uniforms worn next to the skin (like pants are) ? Which detergents and laundering routine (cycle, water temperature) are involved ?

If we`re talking about 100% synthetic fibers like polyester it is very difficult to keep them smelling fresh because they absorb malodors easily. Compared to natural fibers like cotton it is also more difficult to keep them clean because most synthetics are lipophilic which means they attract oils.
Key is to wash them perfectly clean to begin with then you might be able to wear the uniforms up to 3 days.
If it`s 100% polyester use at least warm water, use an adequate amount of detergent and use a mild oxygen bleaching agent like Clorox2.
If it`s a combination of synthetic and natural fibers you have to be more careful using oxygen bleach as it might fade the colors when used continiously.
Just masking the odors with any of the suggetions in the posts above might be a better solution.

Post# 948402 , Reply# 10   7/15/2017 at 23:06 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        

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So true - given my reputation around here (65ºC +), phosphates, enzymes and chlorine bleach with double rinses and 2800rpm extraction - I figured I take a break from posting my own opinion.

But, yes - the best way for clothes to stay clean smelling is for them to be clean.

The super enzymatic cleaners sold for cleaning up blood, poop, urine, vomit etc. from crime scenes will remove scent from poly-blend uniforms.  My late husband was a cop, I know this from experience.

But - it's a bit drastic for daily use and far too expensive for a large number of items.


The only long term solution is to avoid more than 11% polyester/cotton blends like the devil. No nylon except when mixed with silver ions (ich weiss, ich weiss, dies ist auch etwas wo wir sehr unterschiedliche Meinungen sind) and immediate, daily washing in real cleaning solutions and hot water, not this 2ºC 500ml water for 5kg clothes with only a quick spray rinse nonsense which passes for 'washing' in too many places here in the 'States.

Post# 948704 , Reply# 11   7/17/2017 at 23:19 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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One thing I noticed in those annoying Unstoppables commercials, particularly the one with the guy from Modern Family,, is the hard to read subtitles where it says something like "after 30 days in storage" . Which I suppose means that you launder it and then store it in am air tight plastic bag or container. 

Post# 948740 , Reply# 12   7/18/2017 at 06:53 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I've found that Tide with febreze along with Walmart's Great Value fabric softener in the blue bottle lasts quite a while.

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