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#1 ERipley

Posted 24 July 2019 - 02:42 PM

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!

#2 Grinchette

Posted 24 July 2019 - 02:49 PM

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, 24 July 2019 - 02:51 PM.


#3 71Cath

Posted 24 July 2019 - 02:53 PM

I think hanging outside makes all the difference.

#4 Claudia Jean

Posted 24 July 2019 - 02:55 PM

View Post71Cath, on 24 July 2019 - 02:53 PM, said:

I think hanging outside makes all the difference.

Yep, 100%

#5 seayork2002

Posted 24 July 2019 - 03:06 PM

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

#6 Demera

Posted 24 July 2019 - 03:36 PM

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?

#7 Hollycoddle

Posted 24 July 2019 - 03:43 PM

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

Edited by Mollycoddle, 24 July 2019 - 03:44 PM.


#8 raspberry sherbert

Posted 24 July 2019 - 03:51 PM

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

#9 ERipley

Posted 24 July 2019 - 04:05 PM

View PostDemera, on 24 July 2019 - 03:36 PM, said:

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?

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...

Edited by ERipley, 24 July 2019 - 04:21 PM.


#10 magic_marker

Posted 24 July 2019 - 04:17 PM

I use dryer sheets from Costco in the tumble dryer.

#11 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 24 July 2019 - 04:52 PM

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.

#12 can'tstayaway

Posted 24 July 2019 - 05:18 PM

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, 24 July 2019 - 05:22 PM.


#13 Paddlepop

Posted 24 July 2019 - 05:31 PM

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.

#14 ERipley

Posted 24 July 2019 - 06:43 PM

View Postcan, on 24 July 2019 - 05:18 PM, said:

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.

#15 BBC

Posted 24 July 2019 - 07:19 PM

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.

#16 PrincessPeach

Posted 24 July 2019 - 07:19 PM

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.

#17 MoreCoffeePlease

Posted 24 July 2019 - 07:21 PM

I use bosistos laundry liquid for washing as well

#18 Jingleflea

Posted 24 July 2019 - 07:23 PM

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).

#19 YumChaTheSecond

Posted 24 July 2019 - 07:31 PM

View PostPaddlepop, on 24 July 2019 - 05:31 PM, said:


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.

#20 rosie28

Posted 24 July 2019 - 07:46 PM

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.

#21 =R2=

Posted 24 July 2019 - 08:22 PM

The sun

#22 marley*and*me

Posted 24 July 2019 - 08:50 PM

View PostERipley, on 24 July 2019 - 04:05 PM, said:



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.

#23 Fizgig

Posted 24 July 2019 - 09:13 PM

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.

#24 Sara.xoxo

Posted 24 July 2019 - 09:26 PM

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

#25 got my tinsel on

Posted 24 July 2019 - 09:31 PM

Sunshine and a breeze.

No better clean washing smell.




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