I don’t understand why manufacturers scent useful laundry products with unnecessary perfumes! I finally got the last load of Pennsic laundry – the smocks with the draggled hems – done. They’re actually clean – but now, even after most of a day hanging outdoors in the sun, they smell like a laundromat.
With the rain this year, the hems of three of the smocks I wore at Pennsic were very thoroughly soaked with Pennsic’s unique high-iron-content mud, and it looked as if the stains might be permanent. After some research on how to deal with this, I got some OxyClean, pre-treated the hems with (unscented) stain removing soap & washed them with (unscented) detergent & the OxyClean – and the stains actually came out!
Which pleases me no end – but now the smocks reek of OxyClean. Before I can wear them, ll have to wash them again – probably with a vinegar rinse – to get rid of the smell.
I’ve been routinely using unscented laundry products for decades, and can’t believe how powerful – and unpleasant – the smell is! This is the first time I’ve used OxyClean, and there wasn’t a version labelled “unscented” on the shelf. To see if there is one, I just went to their website & searched on “unscented” and “scent” and got no results. Then I searched on “perfume” and got the page for the baby version, which they claim has no perfume. So I guess next time I’ll buy the baby version – or look for an equivalent product that is labelled “unscented”!
Do detergents have a nasty smell that needs to be covered? If so, why are unscented detergents the same price as the smelly varieties? Or have we been conditioned to think that’s what clean laundry smells like? If the latter, I heartily disagree – but then, I may have the only working clothesline in Kensington Market!