When I lived in Denton, TX, near UNT, but in a bad side of town, I had
clothes stolen off the line a couple of times. The last straw was when
my autographed REM t-shirt went missing. After that, I always went to
the laundrymat to dry, since my apartment didn't have a hookup for a dryer.
My neighbour is a painter and decorator. He's had his paint-splattered
overalls and jeans nicked more than once.
OTOH When a line is full people around here will use a neighbour's
line. I came home to find a line full of washing that I subsequently
took in and folded when rain threatened. It wasn't claimed for three
days and then by someone living a few streets away!
I used to line dry when I was a stay at home mom. Now I work, and hubby
is disabled. He has limited range of motion in his arms, neck, and
back, so line drying is out. It is all he can do just to get a load to
the dryer. My son is too short to hang things to dry, but I guess my
daughter could. However, we now have a dog who goes nuts when he hears
sheets snapping in the breeze, and rips them off the line in an attempt
to kill them, I guess.
We use OdorOut and like it better than Fabreze!
Rather than using it in the wash, we keep a tattered washrag in the
dryer that is lightly dampened with the Odor Out between each load.
In a few closets, we have 'spent' air freshener modules (the plastic
flat cylinder with the 'ink blotter' ring inside) that we rewet the
ink blotter with OdorOut about once a month.
And so I do it for the second, and final, time... Thank you to the many
respondants to my questions, both those who answered and those who
commented. The issue appears to have been resolved to my wife's and my
satisfaction by the PR department of Procter & Gamble. They replied to her
email to indicate that the product was still available at certain merchants
including Albertson's where we shop and that they had not discontinued it.
We'll have to order it special, but other than that everything's fine. All
that notwithstanding, there were some questions raised in the reply posts
that I would like to address before I wander off.
1. SoCalMike: "i always thought it was a stupid idea.". In all fairness, so
did I until my wife proved to me that it didn't just mask the smell of cat
urine, it eliminated it and all without destroying or changing the color of
the fabric. Give it a shot some time when you're trying to get out smoke or
pet or other smells.
2. Gary Heston: The spray products with the Febreze name all serve different
purposes and may be used for spots, but not for total garment treatment...
unless you want to spray every square inch of course, but nonetheless they
are different. We do use Nature's Miracle for other stuff. Thanks for
bringing that point up as there may be other people who have not heard of it
and may benefit.
3. Bill Seurer: "Normal laundry detergent" with a "normal washer" is good
for normal dirt in normal clothes. Anything out of the ordinary requires
4. Viviane Question 1: "What's wrong with the detergent you use?" - Nothing.
It is the most popular commercial laundry detergent sold in North America
and very effective on a wide range of soils.
4. Viviane Question 2: "Is the machine not effective." - It is indeed and it
is less than two years old and used twice a week on average.
4. Viviane Question 3: "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." -
Ah, yes. I think I see the problem here... You're assuming that we in the
northern colonies still wash our clothes by beating them against rocks down
by the river. No... not any more. We have something new here now called
"electricity", and indoor plumbing. Together they allow us to do our
laundry indoors without fear of being attacked by Indians, mountain lions or
5. Serendipity: Thank you. Thank you again. FWIW: I'm a Canadian, but my
wife is a citizen of the U.S. I think we have enough problems here at the
moment without being insulted to boot.
6. Gary V. Deutschmann, Sr: Thank you Gary. I've never heard of OdorOut,
but I am looking it up as we speak... er... type. Thanks again.
I put a small amount of liquid fabric softener in my my wash right along
with laundry soap. The clothes still have a fresh smell like the softener,
but not as heavy. My teenaged son works at a fast food place and we have
found this to be the ONLY way to remove those gross greasy odors that hang
on. So, maybe whoever told you 1/4 downey to 3/4 cup of water was correct.
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