Sad About The Suds: Original Gain Scent No Longer The Same

by Pat Koelln

Taylor's Introduction:

I think the most often sent in Gain laundry detergent review I receive here at Stain Removal 101 is complaints about the new, and "improved" scent of Original Gain, which is often referred to as "Freshlock."


People are VERY loyal to their original Gain scent, it seems, and since Procter & Gamble messed with it many people have revolted, lamented, complained, and even switched to a different detergent.

I used to have these reviews spread throughout the rest of the reviews, but they became so common I decided to group them together to let everyone commiserate in the same place at the same time.

If you're sad about the new scent, read on to find people who feel just the same, and be sure to add your two cents and opinions by clicking here! Now, here's the first review.

Pat says:

I have been using Gain powder and liquid soap for years. I do not like the new scent that they have changed of the Original Gain powder and liquid.

Whatever formula they have started using has totally destroyed the distinctive scent of the original Gain. Why would you want your product to smell like every other product on the market and worse, it reminds me of those cherry scented free standing bathroom air fresheners.

If they wanted to change the formula why didn't they create another scent instead of tampering with the original scent, which was sublimely subtle?

I have stopped purchasing the product which makes me very sad. There was nothing else that was better than the original Gain on the market.

I would think they would have the same reaction to this new scent as what happened with Coca Cola when they changed their original formula-They did bring back their original.

Taylor says:

Thanks Pat for sharing your opinions. You are definitely not the first person to share that the new formula's scent has changed from the way it used to smell.

I am curious, for those who have used both the old and new versions of Gain, what do more of you think of the scent now? Some people continue to like it without complaint, but for others, like Pat, the change in scents is a deal breaker. You can share your own reviews and thoughts here, or read even more reviews already submitted.


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Gain Liquid Original Scent Review - Don't Like Smell Left On Clothing

by Jenee
(Topeka, KS)

Jenee has provided her Gain liquid original scent review.

Jenee says:

I used the Original Gain liquid formula a few months ago. It was reasonably priced and that was attractive for me to try it.

While the detergent does remove stains, and get your clothes clean it leaves behind a very strange odor.

While in the bottle the detergent has a lovely "spring" scent. However, after the clothes have been washed and dried that "spring" scent more closely resembles urine.

I spent a couple of hours trying to figure out what in the world the offensive odor was before finally realizing that it was the clothing that I had just washed.

I could not get the smell to go away and finally ended up having to rewash everything in a different laundry detergent. If you can get past the odor the laundry detergent did leave the clothing soft, which is a plus.

But because of the strange odor problem I will definitely not be buying the Gain laundry detergent again.

Taylor says:

Jenee, thanks for your review.

I definitely wouldn't like the smell of a detergent either if, to me, it smelled liked urine. Yuck.

It is interesting that you don't like the scent, because I have received so many reviews from people who really love it.

Interestingly though, Gain just recently added something called "Freshlock" to its scents. Many people have since complained that it changed the smell, and they no longer like it anymore.

Has anyone else noticed this issue? If you have used Gain for a long time, and now notice a difference in the scent, good or bad, since they have introduced Freshlock please tell me about it.

You can share your Gain laundry detergent reviews here, or read others already submitted.

In addition you can share your laundry detergent review here, for any other brand, telling what you do or don't like about it, and why.

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Gain With Freshlock Stinks

by Lois
(Connecticut)

Lois says:

I have been a Gain laundry detergent user for upwards of 15 or more years. It has seen us through three children (two of whom were preemies and we used Gain on their very delicate bedding and clothing while they were in the NICU).

I have always loved the way Gain smelled - and back when I first started purchasing Gain, there was only one scent, which I have stuck by since it is my favorite.

Along comes new "Freshlock" to lock in the fresh smell. Well, personally, I find the locked in smell to be of sour grape gum that children love to chew. Ugh.

This has not been an improvement by any means on the wonderful, fresh smell Gain used to have.

And it is not limited to the original scent of Gain. It applies to all the new "flavors" and it is found in both powder and liquid.

I know. I've tried most of them. It is AWFUL.

I have had to go searching store shelves high and low for bottles and boxes without Freshlock.

Suffice to say, I have enough laundry detergent for the next year or so, as I buy the detergent whenever I see it WITHOUT Freshlock.

But I've also been searching high and low for a new laundry soap that will clean as well as Gain and leave a fresh scent. The closest I've come is Cheer, which isn't quite as nice, but it may have to do once I've used the last of my precious non-Freshlock Gain.

Just my opinion, I'm sure others love the smell, but why do manufacturers have to "improve" what is already working, and working well??

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Gain's Scent Is Not The Same With The Concentrated Formula

by Shawn
(Fruitland Park, Florida)

Shawn sent in this review of Gain laundry detergent.

Shawn says:

I have been using Gain for many many years. Then, all of a sudden, it comes out with this concentrated formula and it smells terrible.

Something they did to formulate this concentrated formula has made it become one of the worst smelling laundry detergents out there. Nothing about it is the same. I have stopped using it. Sad day.........

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing your Gain laundry detergent review Shawn, but I'm sorry you've been disappointed.

It can happen when there are formula changes that the scent will also change. I am assuming when you discuss the more concentrated version you mean the powdered version, but if you don't, please clarify if you have time. Many people have not been happy with the recent changes to Gain powder.

Has anyone else noticed a change in Gain's scent along with any new formulations?

Please share your own reviews and experiences with this detergent here.

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New Gain Original with FreshLock STINKS!!!!

by SR101 Reader

An SR101 reader has shared their opinion of the new Gain with Freshlock.

SR101 Reader says:

I've used Gain Original laundry detergent for many years because of the WONDERFUL SMELL it leaves in my clothes. Now they've added something they say is to extend the scent in your laundry, & it has entirely CHANGED THE SMELL TO SOMETHING AWFUL!!!

I might note that I recently took my cotton turtlenecks out of the drawer where they've been stored since last winter. They had been washed with the old Gain original and they still had that wonderful smell.

It seems that Gain has fixed something that wasn't broken. What a disappointment. The new product's smell was so offensive that I threw it out & am in the process of trying other detergents. None have come close to the wonderful scent of the Original Gain before they "improved" it.

Taylor says:

You aren't the first person to complain about this problem, unfortunately.

Has anyone else noticed a different, good or bad, with the new scent? You can share your own review or opinions here.

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My Two Cents Worth On New Gain With Freshlock

by SR101 Reader

SR101 Reader says:

Here is my two cents worth on Gain. They are catering to a concept that their "freshlock" scent will remain on your clothing for weeks. Folks, that is not normal!

I firmly believe that whatever they have put in their detergent to remain on your clothing for weeks shouldn't be touching your skin, much less you inhaling it!

I love the "old school" scent, but not the freshlock.

I've switched to Tide, but I'm not thrilled with their product either. The original Tide's formula has changed as well as the April Fresh Downy (now that stinks too--like bug spray!).

Marketing is tricky! They are like everyone else trying to make more for their money; therefore, interfering with a good product.

They are adding cheaper ingredients, downsizing it and making it look like it is Ultra when fillers are added (passing on the cost to us). Very disheartening!

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That Wonderful Smell From Original Gain Is GONE

by Doris Leonard
(Monson, Ma Hampden)

Doris shared her opinion with me about the new scent of Gain's "Original" scent laundry detergent.

Doris says:

Please, PLEASE, PLEASE take out whatever changed that wonderful smell Gain used to have.

I've been seriously thinking of changing my detergent. If it stays like it is I WILL change. I am looking at other detergents now.

Taylor says:

Doris, you are definitely not the only person who has noticed this change in their formula, but it has been so long now since Gain changed I doubt they will be changing back.

In addition, Doris, please note that I am an independent website not affiliated with this detergent brand, so although I've published your opinion on the web it hasn't gone as a customer complaint directly to Gain. Just wanted to make sure you understood that. :)

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I Cannot Tolerate The New Original Gain

by LeeAnne
(Sacramento)

I used Gain for 20+ years and always loved it.

My son would visit from college and be so happy that his clothes smelled nice after being laundered at home (and it was the Gain).

I have tried the new Original Scent and absolutely cannot tolerate the smell. I have had to re-wash clothes in an unscented detergent to try and was the stink of the new Gain out of my blouses.

It is so strong and so unpleasant!

Why oh why do companies discontinue popular products?

I now use Amway detergent but would swap back to the old Gain in a heartbeat if it were available.

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Terrible Change To Gain Original Scent Liquid HE

by Pete
(Georgia)

I picked up a new bottle in December of the Original Scent Liquid HE.

I just used it the other day and I was shocked by the change to this time tested fresh scent. It now smells like a cheap fruity air freshener as compared to it's old beautful scent I've used for 10 years or more.

I have enough left of an older bottle to compare and there is no contest. I notice the older bottle says "Original Fresh" the new one just says "Original".

It may clean just as well but the scent even on clean clothes just doesn't work for me. It's like I'm wearing somene else's clothes!!

I also notice the new one has a milky color to the green, the old one was just pure green transparent. I wonder what is in that milky soup?

Anyway GAIN, I liked you for so long. Now to find a new friend, not owned by P & G who obviously don't care about their customers.

Taylor says:

Hi Pete, thanks so much for sharing your Gain laundry detergent review, and how the scent has changed.

You're definitely not the first person to complain to me about the scent. I'm not sure whey Gain changed, but many people don't like the new version. Sometimes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?

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The Fresh Scent Of Gain Needs To Be Changed Back

by WendyJRL

I wondered if maybe I had lost my sense of smell (not really..lol).

I have used Gain for 20+ years and I knew that something was different and less appealing about my Gain detergent lately (I use the powder-more for your money in my opinion).

I would get many compliments on the fresh "clean" scent at work and when even simply walking thru the store.

CHANGE IT BACK!!!...why "fix" something that wasn't broken to begin with??

I miss the clean scent and am venturing out to find a new "fresh & clean" detergent.

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The Original Smell Of Gain Liquid Is Gone

by SR101 Reader

I've been using liquid Gain for years because it smelled so good--------but not anymore. Where did the smell go?

I sure am very disappointed. I just switched to another brand, but if you bring that great smell back, I will switch right back. PLEASE bring it back!!!!!!

Gain is a great product and I really would rather use it than any other brand.

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The New Formula Stinks

by Leona
(Montreal, QC)

I used to love Gain. This new formula stinks.

The clothes smell moldy.

Right now I am wearing a top that I had washed last week with this detergent and I am gagging.

I don't know whether I'd be able to make it to the end of the day. Usually, a fragrance only lasts for 1 to 2 hours but this seems to last forever.

I called P&G to complain and I was told that it might be batch that got exposed during shipment.

From the online reviews I've read so far, I seriously doubt this as being the case.

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Yuk - Now The Smell Gives Me A Headache

by Barby
(CA)

I have always liked the scent of Original Gain because it didn't have the sweet children's candy smell of most detergents and fabric softeners.

It used to smell like cedar...it had a very pleasant woodsy smell.

The new scent gives me a headache.

If it works....dont' fix it!

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I Want The Original Original Gain Back!!!

by Cheryl
(Springfield, Ohio)

I was a loyal user of Gain before they changed the scent.

I loved the smell and it lasted forever.

I would wash my clothes at the end of the season, pack them in a tote, and when I opened the tote up again the great smell would hit me and it was as if I just took them out of the dryer, mmmmmmm good!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I no longer use this brand because it just does not smell good.

Please bring back the original original scent as a option and I will return as a loyal user again.

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"New" Original Scent .... NOT

by Kate

I kept buying what was referred to as "original scent" because I always loved it.

Each time I did I was disappointed and thought they must have labeled it wrong.

I will NOT be using it again.

This new, supposedly original, scent is revolting to me.

It smells like old flowers.

The OLD smell was fresh and clean.

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Disappointed With The "New" Original Scent

by Kay
(Louisville, KY)

I loved, loved, loved Gain laundry detergent and was a loyal customer for years.

I wouldn't even think of buying another brand.

I would find myself at work just sniffing my shirt because I loved the scent so much.

I loved doing laundry just because of that wonderful scent. It was like nothing else on the market - not flowery, not fruity, just indescribably fresh.

But when Gain changed their "Original" scent, they lost me as a customer.

This is not the original scent!

And whatever it is, I do not like it.

I will not purchase it again unless they come to their senses and bring back the true "Original" scent that so many of us loved and dearly miss.

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I've Switched Now Since It Stinks!

by SR101 Reader

I too have switched after the scent of "original" Gain changed.

I did write to them but they didn't offer any explanation, only a coupon.

How can they change something and call it original?

The same thing has happened with Wisk, which I absolutely can't stand anymore.

My husband is allergic to Tide, so I'm looking for a new favorite....

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The Odor Is So Strong I Can Almost Taste It!

by Kaye
(Victoria BC Canada)

This detergent is horrible. The odor of it is so strong that it literally made me feel ill the day I used it for my laundry and spending $3.50 per load, I just decided to put up with the smell.

I will be giving the huge container of the liquid Gain away just to get rid of it.

Must be really awful for those who are allergic to artificial scents. I am sitting here typing and my nose is still picking up the smell of Gain on my clothes. Yuk!

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Gain Original Scent Liquid: Now It Smells Like Cherry Pez!

by Sue
(Woodstock, VT)

Sue says:

I have been using Gain liquid original scent for many, many years and have never so much as considered using a different laundry detergent...until recently.

You have changed something in the formula and the wonderful, clean scent is gone!

My clean laundry is now left with a strong lingering, sweet smell of cherry Pez! WHY did you change the scent?

I have one giant container to use and I'm afraid that I'll be searching for a different laundry detergent for the first time in 30 years! Please bring back the original scent!

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing your experience with the most recent formulation of Gain Sue.

As you may be aware I am not in any way affiliated with this detergent brand, and therefore I cannot personally do anything to change this reformulation.

You aren't the first, however, to make this complaint to me. There are MANY people not happy with the new scent. I believe Gain themselves had had lots of complaints about it too. So many, in fact, that I noted recently on their FAQ page the following question and answer:
Q: The scent in this product has changed and I don't like it.

A: We want your nose to be happy. Take a sniff of one of our other 11 great scents and let your nose decide if a different scent is right for you.
Based on this answer I am guessing they are not going to be changing the scent back anytime soon. Instead, they're just hoping you'll try another scent.

If you're interested in a whole new brand, make sure to review the Best Laundry Detergent Section of this website, where I've provided information and reviews of the top brands, that can help you choose the best detergent for you.

Good luck, and hope you find a new scented detergent that you enjoy!

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Not happy it has changed its original smell!!!
by: Anonymous

I too am really upset Gain has changed its wonderful original scent!!! And because they have I will no longer buy their product.....of any kind.

I miss the OLD smell
by: Alice

Nothing was better than the way the old Gain smelled. I was totally loyal to it.

The new smell is so bad and terrible.

I wish they would go back to the old formula!!!! OR at least offer it in addition.

There was nothing else like it.

I have been using for 10 years, but no more
by: Robert

What happened to the original scent? After 10 years of using Gain, I noticed a change about a year ago. I will not use the original scent anymore. Why did they change it?

New smell
by: Anonymous

I can't stand the locked in smell of what they call original. It smells like dirty smelly feet.

Whatever the strange odor they put in it is in several other products, including Dawn dish detergent and lots of other products.

How do we get them to stop using this stinking stuff?

Will be so glad to rid my house and clothes of this horrible smell. What a waste of money.

weaker scent
by: Vanessa Holloway

I use to be able to smell Gain in my clothes for days. People would compliment the clean smell of my clothes. Not only has the scent changed, it's a lot weaker. Please bring back the old smell.

how is it original if its not THE original?
by: Dan

I was a faithful Gain user and recommended it to everyone. People used to say that I smelled "hospital fresh". Now, Gain has changed their "original" formula and it smell nothing like the REAL original. Not only does it not smell the same but I think that the new version might be the cause of a rash that I've been getting. I'm going to be changing my brand, but I wish that the REAL ORIGINAL Gain would come back.

liquid no longer smells great!
by: Vickie LaLonde

I switched after years of using Tide to Gain Original Liquid Detergent just because of the lovely scent it left on my clothes for $10.00/2.95 liter. Now, I notice they are selling Gain odor boosters/beads to add to your wash cycle, more money! That's probably why they took the lovely scent out of their Gain detergent, so you would buy the Odor Booster Beads. Makes me angry so I will switch! Shame on them too! What did they think, no one would notice. Very poor marketing strategy because people will switch and they will lose.

Stinks Bad!
by: Jan

I couldn't believe something happened to Gain. I have used it for years. I thought it was my washer not cleaning good, so I cleaned it twice in a week. The HE washers are know at times to smell. I told my husband something was wrong with the washer, my clothes smelled worse coming out of the washer than when they went in. Finally out of desperation I smelled the soap and couldn't believe the smell -- it smelled rotten! The main reason I used the soap is the smell. People have always commented on my laundry, they will not now! and I will not be using it, and I will miss it!

None of the new Gain scents are good
by: Janice

I do not like any of the new Gain scents. The only reason I ever switched to the "old" Original Gain was the scent. I never thought it cleaned any better than what I used previously.

When my son went to Space Camp several people commented on how good his clothes smelled...these were teenagers! When he went off to college he said it sure was nice when he washed clothes he had the smell of home in every load. When he could no longer find it he was as upset as me!

The reason some people don't seem to notice a difference in old and new is scent is not important to them.

I stocked up at all the closeout stores when I realized it was going to be discontinued and I still have one bottle left....I am probably so conservative with it it will be ruined before I ever use it all.

I do like Oxydol powder in an Oh so Good Scent....very hard to find. The liquid is occasionally found but the powder is a real find when you can.

This smells very clean like my Grandmother's wash....not like a beach, a mountain, or fruit.

I guess I don't understand why people prefer their clothes to smell like this instead of clean and fresh. The more fruity the more pungent and if your clothes sit a few days before wearing they stink.

I really hate for anything to change that I like. I agree with one other poster -- why didn't they add a scent or two and keep the Original instead of getting rid of it and calling a new scent Original? It is almost untruthful.

The first box I brought home I kept wondering why the car didn't smell wonderful. I used the box thinking it would grow on me but it didn't.

I have noticed that even if you find a scent you can tolerate you can never find it again. There are so many scents one store can't carry them all.

I have sent many emails to the company begging for a return to clean original scent to no avail.

I have finally switched to a detergent that I can buy at Walmart or Big Lots called Ariel. It has a nice clean scent ....the main language on the bag is Spanish which leads me to believe it is a Mexican brand and it is distributed by Proctor and Gamble.

If you have any influence please ask Original Gain to be reinstated! Thank you.

Tide did the same thing
by: John W

I know this thread is about Gain, but Tide has changed too. I've always used Tide. Got used to the scent when I was a kid. Last week we bought Original scent Liquid and I can't stand the smell of my clothes now. I called Tide customer service and they said they changed it in July and that if I wanted original scent I'd have to buy Mountain scent instead. WHY?

They have lost me as a consumer
by: Donna Henn

I have been a Gain user for over 20 years. I would not buy anything else. The "original" scent would stay on your clothes for months. You could wash your fall/winter clothes, hang them or store then until the next fall/winter season and get them out and they would still smell just like they had been freshly washed. Not now, the Freshlock stinks and you can't smell anything on your clothes the next day after you wash them.

I don't understand if something is not broken why companies must feel they need to "fix" it.

They have lost me as a consumer. So sad, so very, very sad.

How do I get the Gain smell out?
by: Anonymous

Has anyone figured out how to get this horrible smell out of clothes? I put in a friends pair of shorts with my laundry and everything stinks like Gain. I've washed the clothes 6 times now trying Oxyclean, vinegar, All Free and Clear, and baking soda. The clothes still smell of Gain. I currently have tossed the laundry onto the lawn. How do I remove the scent from my clothes?

How do you get rid of the awful smell?
by: Estate Executor

I am in the middle of liquidating my mother's estate and OMG! My throat is burning. My nose is running. My stomach is rolling.

I have washed and rewashed the guilty items that made it into my house but it won't come out. I have a super powered air filter running full time in the room where most of the items are stored but the smell is seeping into my furniture.

How do you get it out? It's ruining my home.

Gain response re removing the scent from clothing
by: Anonymous

I wrote an email and they were responsive, which was very surprising. They get points for customer service. Still no magic method of removing the scent. Here is their response:

"We appreciate you reporting your experience to us. Our products and packages are thoroughly evaluated to be safe when used as directed. Additionally, we maintain an ongoing safety monitoring program to assure the highest standards of safety and quality. Please be assured I'm sharing your comments with our Health and Safety Division. Meanwhile, please hold on to the package and any remaining product for two weeks in the event our Health and Safety Division needs to retrieve them. For answers to medical questions, we recommend you speak with your doctor who will be able to give you the best advice.

To remove the scent off the clothes, re-wash item 2 to 3 times in the hottest water safe for the fabric. You could try an unscented detergent. The scent should not last through 2 to 3 washes.

...try our Tide Free and Gentle detergent to help get the scent out of your clothes...

Thanks for writing.

S-------
Gain Team"

smells like cheap aftershave
by: Rita

Should never have changed the original scent to that nasty "fresh" scent. Way too strong and smells like cheap aftershave.

The original had a nice subtle scent that lasted in sheets stored over the summer for winter use. I have stopped ALL Gain products because of this stupid move by the "Gain Team" which probably consist of 20 somethings that have never done laundry a day in their lives.

They changed the label to say original scent which is an out and out lie. Keep the original and make 20 different scents that would be the smart move. Look what Coke did with getting rid of the original. They sure brought that back fast.

I will never use Gain products again unless the original "original scent" is brought back.

yuck...
by: Anonymous

This is the most disgusting smell. I can't get the smell out of my nose!!!

Disgusting odor
by: Anonymous

I cannot get the odor out of my nose or furniture it touched!!! Help, it's making me sick. Disgusting...

It makes our clothes smell musty!!
by: Tina

I am so happy I stumbled across this website!! I thought something was wrong with ME!! I am not a mom but hope I can submit my review too. I've been very loyal to Gain liquid laundry detergent and Gain dryer sheets and have used both together forever. But lately I noticed our clothes smell musty. That is the best word I can think of to describe the smell. I can especially smell it when I wash something and let it air dry, like my husbands carhart knit caps he wears to work in the winter. They STINK!! I've also noticed lately when I grab a pajama top out of my dresser it smells terrible. So yesterday I printed off a coupon for Tide and bought some. Even with the coupon I spent 2.00 more than what I used to for Gain. I hate spending more, but if it will keep our clothes from stinking I have to. I had no idea Gain changed it's scent/formula but after reading some of these reviews, I know it's not just me and feel better!!! I am anxious to try Tide since I've not bought it (or any other laundry detergent) in years. The first thing I am going to do is wash one of his caps and let it air dry, then see how it smells!!!!

Glad It's Not Just Me That Noticed
by: Anonymous

I loved the smell of Gain and used the Gain Flings or liquid in the bottle and the dryer sheet, but recently have been searching for the source of the "sour milk" smell in my bedroom, on my bedding, when I'm sitting on the couch, when I'm cuddling my grandchild, etc. I finally determined that is everything I've washed in the new Gain Flings. Everything smells like baby throw up and seems to get worse as the days pass. I will no longer use Gain.

Gain is too strong!
by: Anonymous

My grandmother used to use Gain; it always smelled so fresh. Now the smell is so pungent I don't use it anymore. Please bring back the Gain of old!

It stinks!
by: Kenny

Unless you are mopping the Elephant House with it, why would anyone want such a strong stink on their clothes and in their home? It took weeks and loads of rewashing with Tide to get the Gain Stink out of everything. Damn, this stench kept me up at night!

YES it's a sour dairy odour!
by: Nigel

I loved GAIN as well. Recently while soaking some hand-washing I left the articles sitting over night. Next day I smelled a sour milk smell. It was coming from bucket of wash. Another time I washed laundry @ girlfriend's and used a Tide product w/ Febreze in it, took one sweater out to dry flat; sweater reeked of this cheesy similar odour! The remainder of this wash went into the dryer, and those articles had less of the offending malodour. However, I am "blessed" w/a very keen sense of smell, it is unmistakably the same as the "original" GAIN. I suspect this is a Febreze additive which goes by the FRESHLOCK moniker. Very sad indeed they would ruin this old school favourite. Another scent of GAIN I quite liked was Sunshine fresh with bleach: (powder) very similar to the original original, w/ a bit of citrus. Really still had a cedar undernote. They discontinued this several yrs. back. ALL of them reek now. Flings are the worst as they fade to that milk gone off, or fromage foot funk!

Gain liquid with lift and lock
by: Pete Bonell

We have been using Gain for some time and just recently noticed this $%#@ smell. I feel that it has affected my sense of taste. (No I don't drink it!) The bedding, clothes, everything that is washed stinks and won't improve with plain water washing. These clothes have been thrown out. We have switched to Purex liquid and hope for improvement.

so sad it now stinks
by: Amanda Moore

It smells like some kind of gases mixed with something else, so sad, I have used for years.

Bring back the one and only Gain scent
by: Susan

I don't understand why Gain changed its wonderful scent it once had. What is the purpose? If many people, including me, thought the original smell was great, and it is selling, why change it!! I am so disappointed in this company!!!!!

Leaves a bad odor.
by: Kaylee

We have used Gain Original Scent detergent and fabric softener for years. It now leaves a bad scent on everything and when we use towels for showers/baths,the damp towels smell horrible afterwards. We will switch to another company's detergent since I finally figured out it is the Gain, not our washing machine or water that is causing this problem.

It does stink
by: Charlotte

So glad I finally did a search on this and got this page. For months I thought my laundry was just getting worse and ruined. Being a Gain fan for over 20 years, I never thought that it was the Gain that had changed, thought I was doing something wrong. I wear a lot of synthetic blends and they started not coming out fresh. Thought the fabric was holding funk. Switched to Tide with bleach alternative for my clothes, but since my son's clothes were cotton, kept using Gain on his things and linens. Towels didn't smell clean neither did my sins clothes. Stopped and used Tide bleach for everything. Now have a fresh smell. Gain smells like old dried urine in baby clothes now to me. Eww.

Other brands as well
by: Anonymous

It is other brands as well. When they added stain guard it messed it up. If you take the cap off and smell from the bottle you get the rancid smell. The problem is also tide,cheer,and others. I'm trying Era now, not as bad. Try to find original without all the other junk in it.

Has always smelled bad
by: Anonymous

My daughter-in-law washes her clothes in Gain and always has. I can't stand the smell. Makes me want to throw up. When they stay over night I have to wash everything; even the quilts and mattress cover. When I go out in public I get a whiff of some people who use that horrible soap--sickening. Please at least cut down on how much perfume you use in production.

All the new laundry product odors are horrid
by: Anonymous

Just writing to say that all the new laundry odors are horrid and bond permanently to clothing. All the clothes worn are terrible for people with sensitivities. These chemicals added to laundry products are very unhealthy to everyone. Stop using these terrible products. There are natural products out there that don't pollute the environment and cause breathing problems for many people.

GAIN Changed the formula !!! :(
by: Mad at Gain

I am glad I found this forum. I thought I was crazy. I am taking container back to store for refund. I am upset. I had finally found a good detergent and Gain changed the smell of the Original. Now there is little scent and it is bad too.

it has definitely changed
by: E Florida

I used it for the first time end of last year and was ecstatic. Low and behold they DEFINITELY changed the formula. I would know because I did not do my laundry again till June and bought Gain again looking forward to the nice LONG lasting smell -- all GONE! So I post on IloveGain.com, and they delete, but they did leave one persons up, and left a lame company response saying it was outside too long -- not! I found this site because of all the complaints. They must have found a cheaper ingredient or want people to switch to more expensive flings or something.

should have stuck with what worked
by: Anonymous

Washing with this is just horrible. Yes, clothes come out clean but it leaves such a horrible lingering odor. Bad move, should have stuck to the original.

What is that smell?
by: Tara

I used to love Gain until they changed the scent. It took me a while to figure out where the funky smell was coming from. Several of my co-workers also use it and it makes the entire office smell bad. People are coughing and sneezing all day but no one wants to tell the other that their clothes smell bad. It is so awful! I've had to wash my clothes several times to get the smell out! Even if P&G went back to the original scent, I'm done!

I smell like a porta potty!!!
by: Jennifer Harrison

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I started using Gain years ago when I heard a young girl at a summer camp swoon over a cute lifeguard, saying, "He smells like Gain!". I told him what she said and he laughed and said, "That is actually what I use!". I thought, I wanna smell like that. Fresh and clean. So I switched and my whole family loved it. Then one day they "improved" it. Why??? Suddenly everywhere I went I could smell those porta potty fresheners that smell faintly of cheap cherry chapstick and chemicals. Gross! It is a smell that I will always associate with covering up worse smells - NOT clean things. I have not bought Gain since. It's been 2 years, and I am still trying to get the smell out of a few of my clothes.

now leaves a bad odor
by: Kay

We have used Gain Original Scent detergent & fabric softener for years. It now leaves a bad scent on everything and when we used towels, the wet towels smell horrible. We will switch to another company's detergent since I finally figured out it is the Gain, not our washing machine or water that is causing this problem.

not original anymore
by: Jeremy

I was a loyal Gain Original buyer for years and everyone loved the smell of my clothes. Not anymore. The product is awful now, it smells nothing like the Original. As a matter of fact, it doesn't smell like anything.

New version sucks
by: Brian

Why mess with something that was so good? I agree with the other reviews. Why not add the new Gain as an option instead of replacing what was perfect? If it ain't broke, don't fix it! If I can't get the old Gain I will have to switch, and that sucks because I have been buying Gain for over 15 years.

hate the new smell
by: Anonymous

I don't know what happened to Gain but the new smell is bothersome. I can't put my finger on it but it doesn't smell fresh and clean. I am also getting hives/itching from it.

Sickening odor
by: Lynne

We have used Gain for years, so we recently bought Gain Original HE with lift and lock. The odor in the curtains we washed was so sickening. They had been washed in Gain many times before.

They had to be removed from the room and then to the garage because my husband couldn't stand them in the basement until they could be rewashed in something else. We had to go buy another product to wash them in. This change is definitely not good. I loved the old Gain.

not buying anymore
by: Anna Parke

I have purchased Gain Original since it was introduced. Loved the fragrance during the wash and on clothes and linens afterward. But now it smells like sulfur when the water exits the machine. I am no longer buying GAIN. The commercial regarding the lasting fragrance is no longer valid.

what happened?
by: Debbie

What has happened to Gain's scent? It is almost a strong chemical smell to me! Going to have to find something else. Gives me a headache!

why did they change it?
by: Anonymous

If the makers of Gain do not bring back the original scent I will no longer buy it. Why in the world would they change it!

Musty Smell from Original Scent
by: Anonymous

I am so incredibly frustrated over the effect the GAIN laundry soap is having on our clothes. Every single load is coming out smelling like mold and mildew. No matter what I do, the clothes have a strong moldy odor. Maybe a more natural/mild laundry soap product would solve the problem. But as of now, I am completely disappointed and frustrated about this product. I would NEVER use again.

I can't stand the smell!
by: Kathy

I have always loved the smell of original scent Gain. For years I have used the original scent laundry detergent, dish soap and the all purpose cleaner with the scent of Gain. A few months ago I opened the box of laundry detergent and did not like what I smelled. I liked it even less when I smelled it on my clothes! I am so disappointed in this change. You had a huge following all because of your awesome smell and then you go and change it! And no doubt you spent thousands of dollars to do so. Well, in my opinion (and apparently a lot of others' opinions) it was a big mistake. If it ain't broke ... Don't fix it! Now I have been forced to change detergents which I really did not want to do. Please change it back!! I can't stand the smell :(

unpleasant after odor
by: Pat

Gain liquid original with fresh lock leaves an unpleasant after odor. Took me awhile to discover why my clean laundry smelled bad. Old urine? Petroleum odor? Won't buy Gain again.

problem with liquid, powder, tabs and even the dryer sheets and fabric softener
by: Disappointed customer

Original scent GAIN liquid, powder and tablets, and your dryer sheets and fabric softener, doesn't have the fresh scent that it has for years!! You have changed something! I noticed this during the summer and thought it would get better, well that hasn't happened and I don't believe it will!! CHANGE IT BACK PLEASE!! I have spoken to other long time users and they have the same complaint, you are only kidding yourself!!!

I want then old version back
by: Laura Sloop

I can't even count how many years I have been using GAIN. I used it for ONE reason, the wonderful SMELL!!! Now it doesn't smell the same. In fact, it doesn't even smell anywhere CLOSE!!! Please bring back the REAL Original Scent. I am currently using a different laundry detergent.

New lack of smell
by: Anonymous

I always bought Gain because of the stronger smell. It lasted a long time. It was a smell that was so good, I started buying other products with Gain such as dish soap, Febreeze, dryer sheets, etc. Now, it just smells like every other detergent out there. No point in only using Gain anymore. I have 4 kids and do a lot of laundry. I'm just disappointed.

Perhaps it's just a way to get us to buy the extras to add for smell. But hey, I can buy cheaper detergent and add the extras.

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