First off, I'd like to ask your forbearance for having crossposted this to
three groups. Mea culpa magna. I do believe that the best answer would
probably benefit Febreze users on all three groups though. The situation is
this: My wife and I use Febreze laundry additive on a regular basis to
remove pet and other odors from laundry. Unfortunately, our local
Albertson's here in Northern California seems to have stopped selling the
product, and none of the other big chains in the area have it either. There
are OTHER Febreze products, but not the laundry additive. My wife believes
that P & G have stopped making it, and that leads us to wonder how we're
going to find a substitute that works just as well as the Febreze did. She
has written a letter to P & G asking why the product appears to have been
cancelled, but hasn't received a response yet. So I suppose that this
plaintive cry from the wilderness is to ask three questions:
1. Does any know of a substitute for Febreze Laundry additive that works
just as well ?
2. If you know of a place that still sells and ships it, would you please
share the phone number and/or web page ?
3. Failing the above two, does anyone have a home-grown recipe for something
that would be just as effective ? I've heard of a 1/4-Downy to 3/4-Water
combo, but I don't know if that's for real or not.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
This reads to me that they have sold off the prodict to someone else. P&G likes
to concentrate on brand leaders. If the product doesn't meet sales targets, they
spin it off to a management team or some other company.
Maybe. It also reads to me like they may have an outside company handling
consumer questions, complaints, etc. for a product they simply discontinued.
From doing consumer testing for them I have some knowledge of the subject at
hand, but wouldn't want to breach my confidentiality agreement, even if they
couldn't figure out who I am <g>.
I don't know anything about the product that's the subject of this thread.
The spray-on stuff for use on dry fabrics is excellent when it comes to
getting odors out of things like upholstery that can't be easily cleaned
I think the original scent was a problem for many consumers. I don't know
about in Canada, but in the US they now sell it in several new scents, most
of which I find less objectionable. IIRC allergies were a problem for you.
There's a version they claim reduces allergens. I don't use it, but one of
my friends swears it works.
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What was special about the laundry additive? I.e., could you simply
unscrew the top of a spray bottle and pour in some of it's contents?
For pet odor removal, Natures' Miracle or Simple Solution work well;
perhaps adding an ounce or two to a load would work. Alternatively,
you could spray the clothes when putting them in the hamper.
Gary Heston firstname.lastname@example.org
"Sept. 11, 2001, already a day of immeasurable tragedy, cannot be
Normal laundry detergent. If you have to add stuff to get smells out
then you are doing something wrong in washing. Are you overloading the
washer? Using hard water? Is your washer about to die? What detergent
are you using?
Incorrect. My dh and ds both have had horribly dirty and smelly work
clothing that regular laundry detergent doesn't clean completely. No
matter what I've done. I have found that adding a cup of ammonia to
the wash water helps immensely.
You're right, Nan. Ammonia is terrific for
eliminating odours from clothes that laundry
detergent doesn't get out. Specially pet smells. I
know, I have two dogs and a cat. Plus, ammonia is
almost as cheap as water, so it's frugal as the
dickens. One thing to remember though is, DON'T
EVER use ammonia and bleach together in the same
wash. Ammonia jug has a big warning on the side
This has me baffled too. What's wrong with the detergent you use? Is the
machine not effective. I also find that drying the clothes in fresh air and
with sunlight helps, but that is probably something most yanks would have
difficulty understanding since you tend to overuse your clothes driers. Why
stuff up the environment to dry your clothes when it can be done naturally.
If I'm not mistaking, the OP has pets that creates odours on certain
washable items that they need an odour eliminator. I've never used the
product in question so can't really comment on it. With respect to
using clothes dryers, those with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory
disorders are well advised to use a clothes dryer rather than hanging
clothes on the line outdoors. Outdoor allergens such a moulds and
pollens create a real problem. While a clothes line is frugal, not
everyone can use one. Aside of the health issues, certain rental units
prohibit outdoor clothes lines as does some new subdivisions and condo
units. Another problem is weather. We had a very wet and cool summer
and autumn, not very conducive to drying clothes outdoors. It has been
wet or damp with heavily cloudy skies here for the past two weeks, again
not very conducive to drying clothes outdoors. Few of us can go two or
three weeks without doing laundry. Wet and damp conditions are perfect
breeding gounds for moulds and mildews that are not only potententially
dangerous allergens but also destroy perfectly good clothes! In the
winter, clothes freeze on the lines without actually getting dry and if
you are really lucky an ice storm with blow up to freeze them again. DH
isn't too fond of putting on frozen skivies ;) Better yet is when the
birds leave their calling card and you have to start all over again.
Oh, and I'm not a yank either. I dry my clothes in a clothes dryer
though because that is what is dictated by my situation. Please don't
judge everyone here with one paint brush!
"most yanks". Hmmmmm.
At any rate, drying clothing outdoor is not recommended for people who
suffer outdoor allergies.
Where we live, outdoor lines aren't allowed by management, but I do
get away with putting it up and taking it down each time I use it.
People living in apartments, condos and the like also cannot line dry.
Try to understand not everyone is trying to stuff up the environment!
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