How to Keep Your Laundry Smelling Fresh

August 7, 2012

Left to its own devices, the human body is a smelly thing.

That’s why God invented soap and deodorant. He probably got tired of the stink wafting Heavenward and planted the idea of deodorant in the head of an unknown inventor in Philadelphia who is credited with creating the first brand of commercial deodorant in 1888. Soap has been around much longer than deodorant. The earliest evidence of it dates back to 2800 BC.

While most of us have access to these products, some choose not to take advantage of them. I learned this firsthand when I spent a summer studying in France during high school. A friend calls this “going Euro.” I call it smelly.

I’m a huge fan of scents of all kinds—the good kind, not the smelly kind—perfumes and body powders, the smell of an Italian restaurant, buttered popcorn at the movie theater, the interior of a new car, freshly mowed grass, Christmas trees, and brownies baking in the oven.

For my personal hygiene regimen, I like to layer on the scents, starting with a clean body and building out from there. I call this my personal scent story; and NO, I do not reek like the fragrance section at a department store. I like clean, subtle scents that smell fresh, as if you just stepped out of the shower.

I also love the smell of fresh laundry, so I bought Unstopables In-wash Scent Booster by Downy when I spied it in the laundry aisle at the store.

It’s a whole new chapter for my scent story.

The concept is very simple. Simply shake some of the little pellets into your washing machine before you add the dirty laundry (or right on top of it) prior to starting the wash cycle. Then do your laundry as usual. Hot, cold, warm water wash—it makes no difference.

You can use the bottle’s cap as a measuring cup.


That’s all you need to do. The end result is clean, scented laundry that holds its scent even after drying.

Unstopables come three scents:  Fresh, Lush and Shimmer. I’ve tried the first two but haven’t seen the third in any local stores. I find the Fresh scent to be stronger and a bit more floral than Lush and tend to use less of it because of that. For an extra-large load of laundry that includes sweaty gym clothes and towels, I use about 1/3 of a capful. You have to experiment a bit to find a scent level that works for you but does not overpower.

Though the Big Man generally does his own laundry, if I happen to do a load for him, I use the Lush scent because, to me, the scent is a little more subtle and slightly beachy. He has not noticed the wonderful smell, but that’s not unexpected. Unless the clean laundry has a football game projected onto it or jumps up and bites him in the nose, he’s not likely to pay attention.

The scent really does last!


I love this product. After washing my gym clothes with Unstopables, I wore them to class and found that I could still smell the clean scent even after working up a major sweat. That’s quite an accomplishment considering that I tend to perspire (women don’t “sweat” after all) like a linebacker.

Unstopables cost about $7.00 for a 13.2 ounce bottle.

Chickaliciousness: 5 for fresh and fragrant laundry

How do you keep your laundry smelling fresh?

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Allison August 8, 2012 at 2:56 am

Never heard of this, but I would like to try it.


Jill Riddle August 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I have not heard of this either. When I shop this week, I will look for it and try it. Thanks Leslie and I’ll be sure to “sniff” you at the studio!!!!!


Alyson August 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I had coupons for this but never bothered to purchase before they expired. I am always concerned of will it stain my clothes like liquid fabric softener can.
I will look for a coupon for this in the Sunday paper and try as well. If I pick this up and Jill picks this up we may have the best smelling studio around.
Thanks for your diligent product testing!


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