Smelly Laundry

It’s crazy how dependent we’ve become on technology – and the internet – and actually being able to watch TV since the cable companies have pretty much taken over the world and you can’t get any decent channels with just an antenna.   And even though I’m not a phone person, not having a phone for 5 days felt like an eternity.  Add in to that cable and internet, and the trifecta outage was a major test on my sanity.  I’m grateful we didn’t lose power for that entire time, and hope those that are still waiting for theirs to come back will be restored soon.

Speaking of sanity, laundry seems to be a never-ending cycle.  Just when I think I’m all caught up, there’s a fresh pile filling the hamper (usually because hubby will finally collect his discarded pile of dirty clothes from the floor on his side of the bed).  I don’t know about you, but Little Dude and Hubby’s clothes always seem exponentially smellier than either or my clothes.  It must be a guy thing. Boys can be super smelly.

I usually wash and my clothes together, and before the Little Dude came along, I’d wash hubby’s clothes solo.  Now the loads are separated by ‘his and hers’ loads.  Mostly because I wash PN and my clothes on the delicate cycle, and both the hubby and Little Dude’s clothes need more vigorous cleaning.  Plus I’ll use a nice smelling fabric softener with the girl clothes, but not with hubby’s clothes since he didn’t want to smell like a girl.  Ahem.

One thing still do, though, is make sure I add a dryer sheet to all the loads of laundry, whether or not I’ve used fabric softener in the wash cycle, because even with liquid fabric softener, you still get stiff/scratchy/static-cling clothes.   Dryer sheets make a world of difference. 

Recently I received a Bounce Dryer Bar to try out, compliments of P&G and BlogHer.  likes the Bounce Dryer Bar commercials, and kept telling me I should get one, because “You just stick it and forget it, Mama!”  My skepticism kept me from buying one, because I just wasn’t confident that it would really work, and I kept thinking about how some deodorants are supposed to be ‘no show’ but still leave marks on your clothes.  The dryer bar reminded me of a deodorant stick, and I didn’t want residue left behind, or marks on the clothes. 

My skepticism was proven wrong.  It actually does work, and there is no residue left behind, nor did any of the clothes get streaks or marks left on them.  Instead, they were static free and had a fresh scent, though not as strong as the scent you get from dryer sheets.  Which works out very well for the boys’ clothes, since I’m sure the hubby would rather his clothes didn’t smell ‘pretty’.  The dryer bar makes laundry one step easier (though I must confess, still add a dryer sheet to mine and Nagger’s loads, since we do like our clothes to smell extra pretty.)

Which brings me to this weeks question(s):

Do you use fabric softener or dryer sheets in your laundry? If so, what’s your favorite brand or scent?

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Note:  Part of this post was written for the Bounce Sampling Program by way of BlogHer and P&G, since they so generously sent me a free Bounce Dryer Bar.  No compensation was given or received, aside from the free bar to try out and give them my thoughts.  Obviously all thoughts are strictly my own with no outside influence by any means of any sort.  Except for feedback from the hubby, who thanked me for not making his clothes smell too ‘pretty’. See my Disclosure Policy here.

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30 thoughts on “Smelly Laundry

  1. I don’t use fabric softener. I pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into the wash and call it a day. I have a few dryer balls that we use in the dryer, but no fabric softener. I started this last winter, and we had no static in our clothes. And no, our clothes don’t smell like vinegar!

    Thanks for linking up with the Feed Me Friday hop again this week! Nice to have you!

  2. There is nothing strange that technology has become our everyday part, but got to admit that in the most cases technology is used to improve our everyday tasks.

  3. Hi Stacy! I am visting your blog from Follow Friday Over 40…looks like a fun blog. I always use liquid fabric softener in the washing machine and a dryer sheet in the dryer! Gotta have the scent! =) I’m back to my blog after a hiatus and have planned some fun things to share. =) I hope you can stop by sometime
    Have a great day!

  4. Used to use Dryer sheets, but have read way too many bad things about the chemicals etc released from them, so we no longer use any thing! I may have to cheat and use a little liquid softener if the static electricity gets too bad in the winter 🙂 Happy Aloha Friday to everyone!

  5. LOL
    I was starting to feel bad that I stopped washing dh clothes with mine or the kids 🙂 Now I feel a whole lot better since I’m NOT the only one who thinks theirs are just stinkier and messier 🙂

    I use fabric softener liquid and I’m just trying out that bounce thingy too!!

    I guess I need to start doing the dryer sheets again.

    Aloha 🙂

  6. Is that the dryer thing that you stick to your dryer? Hmmmm if it is that’s the one that is still stuck to my dryer well, just the backing is. Sorry it did nothing for me except… well, I won’t say. It fell apart on the first load that I used it on. Well, how do they say it summa do & summa don’t! lol Have a great weekend.

  7. hey stacy! just joined via GFC!

    hope you can take a minute to check out my blog as well.

    i haven’t tried the bounce dryer bar but i can’t stand doing laundry without a fabric softener sheet. living in a dry climate that is a MUST. xo

  8. I’ve switched back and forth over the years using fabric softener and dryer sheets. Our clothes seldom have static or feel rough, so I’ve never thought to use both, but will give it a try just to see if they smell better.
    I also switch back and forth with those washer and dryer balls. They work well too!
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  9. Hi Stacy, Thanks for hosting. I’m a new follower. I see a few new Friday hops that you have listed. Thanks so much for sharing.

    I’m now following you. Please stop by when you have a chance.

    Have a great weekend.

  10. I use Cuddle Soft Lavender Vanilla scented liquid fabric softener. I am allergic to Bounce in all forms – my friend uses the dryer bar and she had to remove it when I stayed with her for 4 months because all I did was itch constantly. 😛

    I have never had a problem with liquid only not taking care of static cling – but that dryer bar of my friend’s didn’t do squat for static cling.

  11. I don’t use one unless there’s one already left in there from when my husband last did the laundry. He uses Bounce. 🙂

  12. I like using fabric softeners too! I use em on hub’s clothes too. He only complains about girly smelling when it comes to the shower. He likes to have guy soaps and shampoos….