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A question about Wash scent boosters
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Post# 982003   2/9/2018 at 08:46 by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        

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I'm talking about the Unstoppables, Gain, Scent crystals etc.

I got a free sample of the Unstoppables at Sam's recently. I actually used it in my vacuum cleaner bag, but was wondering what these waxy little pellets actually do to the insides of a washing machine.

Do they completely dissolve in the wash, or do they just continue to coat everything into a big waxy mess? I can kind of picture them building up like excessive softener usage, just wondering if anyone has any experience with them.

Post# 982008 , Reply# 1   2/9/2018 at 09:04 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Was the person handing out samples standing at a table with an oven? I have never seen non-food samples handed out at Costco. The pellets dissolve, but the odor seems to stay in the machine, at least in the Miele. I got the turquoise ones. One word of advice--Don't.

Post# 982011 , Reply# 2   2/9/2018 at 09:23 by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
NO, Actually

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The free samples were in one of the automatic Kiosk. You scan you Sam's Membership club card, and the Kiosk dispenses a sample.

They are very strong scented. Like I said I used about a tablespoon and sucked it up in the bag of my vacuum. The vacuum now emits a nice "clean" smell instead of a stale, dusty, dog hair smell when the bag is nearing full.

Post# 982013 , Reply# 3   2/9/2018 at 09:36 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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Thatís the only use I have for these Scent pellets, in the vacuum cleaner bag. And to me, these are the best vacuum bag scent products Iíve ever used.

Post# 982019 , Reply# 4   2/9/2018 at 10:47 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Thanks for the vacuum bag idea!  I don't care for heavily-scented laundry at the best of times and I'm reluctant to even try a free sample of scent booster in any of the vintage washers, but when I get any free samples now I will know what to do with them.  

Post# 982021 , Reply# 5   2/9/2018 at 11:19 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Personally I can't stand fruity scenty sweet fragrances. If someone is wearing too much cologne or perfume my sinuses swell up and nose starts to run.

I like my laundry to smell like nothing. (I guess clean and fresh) Just like really Fresh Fish does not have a odor at all. And if it does have an odor... it's not fresh. That's the way I like my laundry.

These things scare me along with shampoos, body washes, deodorants and all commercial personal products. I am even sketchy of disposable diapers for young and old. I mean what is in those chemicals up against that precious area of your body ? Guess I'll sit down and have a bowl of twigs and tree bark.

Then there is the toxicity factor. Not only harming you but the ground water.

Post# 982112 , Reply# 6   2/10/2018 at 00:49 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Harley-- I use Unstopables for sheets/bedding only. I like the fresh scent version on sheets, but would never use it on clothes or kitchen/bath linens. Had no problem with pellets dissolving in the Maytag front-loader (although a few may migrate to the boot, they'll dissolve during the cycle) or the SQ top-loader.

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Post# 982122 , Reply# 7   2/10/2018 at 03:21 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        
Vacuum bag....

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what an awesome idea!

Post# 982142 , Reply# 8   2/10/2018 at 09:49 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
Wasn't too long ago . . .

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. . . that dye and perfume "free 'n' clear" detergents were all the rage, ranging from odorless and crystal clear like water to just a tinge of blue to purportedly make it easier to measure and a touch of "masking fragrance".


In time, some "expert" making the talk show rounds and a few "Is your laundry fragrance enhancer KILLING your KIDS?!" teasers on the news will swing the pendulum the other way.

Post# 982152 , Reply# 9   2/10/2018 at 12:27 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

When your laundering habits are so poor, the cold water and poor detergents leave clothes with a stench so you need to dose them with a different stink to counteract the stench. If some people notice that their clothes and body reek of smoke to the point of making other peoples' eyes water so that nobody will sit near them, sometimes people will try things like this or perfume to help cover it up.

Post# 982155 , Reply# 10   2/10/2018 at 13:04 by lakewebsterkid (Dayton, Ohio)        
Unstoppables Fresh Scent

We use a little for Hockey equipment. They always dissolve and leave no noticeable residue. I always buy them on sale with a coupon since they aren't necessary, but more of a "luxury". Since P&G neutered their Tide Odor Defense Boost Pods they will be used more frequently. I will have to put some in our Miele's bag. That's a great idea!

Post# 982156 , Reply# 11   2/10/2018 at 13:11 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Last week at the our local grocery store, there was a lady near the exit handing out samples of Tide Pods and Downy Unstoppables. I quipped "Thanks for the snack" when she handed me a Pod sample and she picked up the small black foil pouch of Downy and handing it to me said "If you love those, try our salad dressing!" Touche madam, well played!

I tossed out the liquid pouch, I also can't stand the overpowering smell of most current softeners and scent boosters, but putting a few in the vacuum bag is a good idea.

Post# 982165 , Reply# 12   2/10/2018 at 14:48 by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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I bought a canister of Purex some-scent-or-other couple years ago specifically for using with the vacuum.† Seems this product-type won't clog the vacuum bag as did the vacuum powders marketed in the past.

Post# 982181 , Reply# 13   2/10/2018 at 17:10 by Mattywashboy (Perth, Western Australia)        

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Iím not a huge fan of these products although like many when they first came out, I bought a few different ones to try.
I found them just too strong in washed clothing and left the load feeling very rough and Ďclogged upí if that makes sense. I thought I liked strong scents on laundry but that was a whole other ball game.
The only ones I have in my cupboard now are Bounce Original scent ones from eBay because itís one of the nicest scents Iíve ever come across. They donít go in the laundry though. I have a small dish with some in in my car. Some in both of my vacuums bags and some in a small net bag hanging in my wardrobe.


Post# 982184 , Reply# 14   2/10/2018 at 17:30 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I just heard in an ad on LOGO that they now come in the original scent of TIDE! That information may be cockeyed, but it sounds like good news.

Post# 982294 , Reply# 15   2/11/2018 at 10:31 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Target, Walmart and Amazon have the original Tide scent formula beads. Imagine being able to enjoy that scent from our childhoods without the suds! I am going to Target to smell the stuff before buying.

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Post# 982531 , Reply# 16   2/12/2018 at 20:20 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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So...I purchased the Tide Original Scent version of Downy Unstopables and used a capful on a load of bedding. Paired it with Rosalie's Zero Suds to minimize the chance of corrupting the scent. It will remind you of the Tide of your childhood if your childhood was in the late 1990s. It isn't a bad scent; just not what those of us who saw The Rolling Stones on Ed Sullivan would consider 'original' Tide.

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Post# 982544 , Reply# 17   2/12/2018 at 21:58 by mayguy (Minnesota)        

I tried this last year, both husband and I about died from the strong smell these product gives off! I cut WAY back, and was still too much.. I ended up giving it away.

I gone scent free, and can't stand all the smell from people who uses heavy scented products. Just chemical filling our home and making us sick.

Post# 982609 , Reply# 18   2/13/2018 at 09:27 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Thank you for reporting on your testing of the product.

Post# 982623 , Reply# 19   2/13/2018 at 12:10 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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No problem, Tom. I've been hoping to smell Real Tide again for ages. I remember the scent wafting through the basement when the Kenmore would suds-save a the water from a hot wash. The other strong olfactory memory occurred when I opened the lid on a neighbor's early '60s Frigidaire at the end of a cycle. It was a load of bath towels that must have received a huge dose of Tide because the scent was very strong as soon as the lid went up.

Funny how those memories stick with a person. Can't remember the password to my bank account, but I can't pinpoint the origin of detergent memories, LOL.

Post# 982626 , Reply# 20   2/13/2018 at 12:19 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I have very fond memories of the scent of Tide too. When my husband, David and I were ďcourtingĒ he used to do his laundry every few days at the laundromat and he used Tide. One of my treasured memories of that time is how good he used to smell when he came over to the house.

I used Rinso or All at the time, because to me Tide was too expensive. Tide really did have the very best scent of all the detergents available then. I donít know why they changed it and why they canít duplicate it and bring it back. I think they really only need one scent and an unscented formulation for those adverse to scents.

There are to many choices in detergent scents now, and most of them not so good.

Post# 982744 , Reply# 21   2/14/2018 at 05:54 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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The 50's and 60's...

Tide, Hot Water, Clorox, Bakelite, and the aroma that Rubber made with hot water.

Post# 982749 , Reply# 22   2/14/2018 at 06:16 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

A neighbor used to buy the 20 lb. "Home Laundry" size Dash and their basement always smelled so good from the Dash.

Post# 982801 , Reply# 23   2/14/2018 at 15:45 by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        

A few years ago we had some kind of Purex Crystals show up at the local supermarkets -- at that time, the things were supposed to be "in-wash fabric softeners", and indeed, they contained some form of bentonite, which is what detergents like Bold 2-in-1 and dryer sheets like Bounce tend to use.

I tried them and they were OK, but not as effective as real liquid fabric softeners -- on the other hand, bentonite can do some good and it doesn't seem to affect flame retardant finishes in things like baby clothes etc as fabric softener does. They also could be used in "technical fabric" like GoreTex without affecting the finish.

Not too long after, stuff like Downy UnStoppables scent beads showed up and Purex Crystals became just another scent bead product. At first I thought it was a step backwards (and I still think so in the case of Purex Crystals), but then I saw it made sense: I always thought laundry detergent manufacturers should only offer *two* versions of their product, one unscented and one with whatever they want to be their "iconic" signature scent.

That would save an awful lot of shelf space, whoever doesn't like the "standard" scent is free to buy scent beads and use one or more combination of scents and leave the rest of us alone and in peace.

In fact, to test that theory, for a long time I bought unscented laundry detergent and fabric softener and tried some of the scent beads. If you use it according to the directions, it works well. Also, if you are a scent lover, you can fill the lid according to directions and be noticed on a 2-mile radius, but it also gives people like me, who likes very little scent, a chance to vastly underdose the thing and still get decent results.

After I got satisfied with my tests, I was done. I still have not used all of the product from the original bottles I bought years ago.

But, even if I'm not actively buying the products, I suppose we would all do well to support the heck of the idea that companies should only have a scented and an unscented version of their products and then sell scents in some other concentrated form, like beads, or liquid or whatever.

If you are not convinced, think about it: under this system, companies like P&G wouldn't have to be changing Tide and Downy so frequently and upsetting people who *liked* the original scents, they could just release yet another scented bead product and let people who wanted change buy it and we would still be buying the stuff we liked.

Post# 982803 , Reply# 24   2/14/2018 at 15:56 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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A capital idea Paulo. Iíve long thought the same way about detergent scents and the fact that there are too many choices, most not so good. And when you do find a scent that you like, you probably wonít be able to buy it for long due to the too frequent changes.

Post# 982819 , Reply# 25   2/14/2018 at 18:26 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Just concerned about our members...

Does anyone look into the toxicity of the ingredients that are against your skin ? There are so many toxins in Body Wash, Deodorants, Shampoos, et al...

There are so many toxins emitted from composite flooring,GMO produce, Tap water is very toxic ...

Oh well... I guess I am one of "them".

Post# 982865 , Reply# 26   2/14/2018 at 21:32 by StrongEnough78 (California)        

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My Grandmother used Dash exclusively until it went out of production. I miss that scent soooooo much. I wish they would bring that scent back.

Post# 982892 , Reply# 27   2/15/2018 at 05:13 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I have no scent recall for Dash. Think my mom tried it once---probably because it was on sale---but we usually had Tide, Cheer or Oxydol on the shelf.

Wouldn't it be great to have a scratch-'n'-sniff card for vintage detergents, LOL?

Post# 982894 , Reply# 28   2/15/2018 at 05:22 by StrongEnough78 (California)        

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Yes it would.

Post# 982922 , Reply# 29   2/15/2018 at 11:25 by lakewebsterkid (Dayton, Ohio)        

I remember always having a box of Cheer, Tide, or Gain powder in the basement. It was before the "ultra" concentrated stuff now. It was a big box and really didn't have many loads in it. And yes the smell was incredible.

Post# 982981 , Reply# 30   2/16/2018 at 00:28 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

Am I the only person in the world that loves strong scents?
My favorite is that arm and hammer blue or Purex crystals, also the blue one.

Next ti.e I go to the store I'll get one of those tide scent ones.

I have phases. At least once a week I'm on my gain original phase, then I buy detergent, booster, softener and sheets all scented like gain original.

If I could, I'd use 1 bottle of scent booster per load.

Post# 983004 , Reply# 31   2/16/2018 at 09:52 by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        

Thomas, *even* if you love strong scents, trust me, it's not necessary -- if you got say, Gain in original scent, you can use an unscented fabric softener and *everyone* in a 10 meter radius can still smell it. If you use an unscented detergent, you can use the Gain fabric softener, same deal.

As long as *one* product has the scent and all the others are unscented, you will be able to smell it just fine.

After some point, putting more scent beads or whatever, can't make it any better. The problem is when people mix several products with different scents, so of course you smell a mix.

I have a theory that people get used to the scents they like and they can't smell it anymore, so they increase the dosage. I have a second theory that people who smoke, particularly strong(er) cigarettes (I don't smoke, but I'm told some brands are stronger than others), are particularly susceptible to getting used to perfumes and increasing the dosage -- I used to have a professor that was a heavy smoker and used Chanel No. 5 -- you could tell she was approaching the classroom even if you couldn't see her, the waves of perfume would arrive before her. When she left on vacations, her office still smelled of strong mix of Chanel #5 and Marlboros for a full 2 weeks.

Like many here, I have a stash of laundry detergent and fabric softeners -- I cycle thru them regularly, and when I change scents/products, they always smell "stronger" on the first couple of usages than after half a dozen or so, then I change to something else and same thing happens.

But yeah, I have the impression that 20 years ago or so people associated strong perfume in laundry with "clean" because that was what the more expensive stuff was like and people often were doing their laundry right, so you'd see dazzling white and vibrant colors, but now, with everything having a strong smell and we can readily see people with dingy clothes that smell of strong perfume, it will just read "cheap" and many will even think "French Whorehouse" instead of "chic".

In my humble opinion, of course.

Oh, and to answer your question, we have (or used to have) many members here that previously confessed to liking strong perfumed clothing. I dunno if they are still around or just quiet. But you are not the only one.

Post# 983082 , Reply# 32   2/16/2018 at 21:11 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        
Scent Boosters... Double No!

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You couldn't bribe me enough to dump those scent boosters into my washer. The scent of Tide Original powder plus 1/3 the recommended dose of Downy is almost too much for me. There are many times that I won't even use fabric softener, but to keep static cling(+ pet hair attraction) to a minimum I compromise for a slight amount added to the dispenser.

Post# 983090 , Reply# 33   2/17/2018 at 00:03 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

I often change fabric softener because of that. Usually 1 bottle each.

And gain only once a year.

Post# 983091 , Reply# 34   2/17/2018 at 00:08 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

I often change fabric softener because of that. Usually 1 bottle each.

And gain only once a year.

Post# 983810 , Reply# 35   2/22/2018 at 06:36 by retro-man (nashua,nh)        

Had a "minor" drop out of my hands a small box of Tide powdered detergent the other day. Picked up as much as I could and got it back in the box. Took the dust buster out and clean up a bit but battery died, so got out the regular vacuum and cleaned up the rest. Pulled out the vacuum yesterday to do a little cleaning and the smell in the house was wonderful. Just like doing loads of laundry. This is going to be my go to deodorizer for my vacuums from now on. Easy way to change the scent in the house after cooking etc. Does not linger for too long.


Post# 983828 , Reply# 36   2/22/2018 at 10:12 by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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Yes I do look.
Since doing my own laundry in college, I've gravitated toward the more naturally derived detergents and softeners, over the commercial, chemical fake scent ingredients.
Not that in that time, I've also yoyo'ed back and forth to Tide and Downy. Tried Persil. Fantastic cleaning. Horrible, fake scents.
I'll take the more naturally derived scented oils from Method, 7th Generation, Mrs. Myers etc.....they do get expensive though....

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