Downy Fabric Softener Review - Paying For Water, Not Downy
by SR101 Reader
An SR101 reader provided this Downy fabric softener review, and it wasn't too positive.
SR101 Reader says:
I have used Downy for years. I decided to use the newer version of Downy.....The first version was ok.
My clothes smelled nice and they were soft. It was thicker than the 2nd version I bought only a couple weeks later.
Downy may think it is pulling the wool over my eyes, but they added more water to the 2nd bottle I bought just 2 weeks later. I am frustrated to say the least.
I WAS devoted to Downy, but I am not now!!!
Thanks for sharing your experience with this liquid fabric softener.
When you say that you tried the newer version, are you talking about the addition of "SilkTouch" that was just added by P&G recently?
In addition, since you say the second bottle was much more watery I am wondering if you accidentally bought the non-ultra Downy the second time? The Ultra version is, of course, more concentrated than the non-ultra variety.
Of course, it really could have been more watery the second time, even if you bought the Ultra version. I would love to hear from others who have been using this fabric softener to share whether you have also noticed any problems with it being watery.
You can share your review here, or read more information about this brand, and other reviews which have already been submitted (I've gotten so many reviews I had to start this second page of them!)
I have used about half my bottle of Downy Free & Sensitive so far, which is an unscented version of this product.
Overall, it seems like a good choice for those who wish to use a liquid softener, but don't want to have scent added.
When you just open the cap and smell it, it has a slight chemical scent (not strong, you have to be really smelling it to notice) but by the time the clothes are both washed and dried you don't notice any scent at all.
Honestly though, I'm not personally that into using this product, and more often than not the only time it gets used is when my mother-in-law is visiting and throws in a load of wash to help me out.
She swears by using liquid softener in just about every load, which is fine since she's doing me a favor, so I won't be complaining.
However, I really don't like to use any softener in the wash, personally, especially right now in the summer when my family is going through athletic clothes like crazy, because it causes me to have to do more sorting.
Therefore, if you need a scent free product this is a good choice, not only because it works well, but it can be readily found in stores (unlike many types of scent free laundry products). However, I will probably pass just because we don't use it much in our house.
I prefer using Downy April Fresh because I love the fresh scent, and my clothes seem to retain the scent much longer than with some of the other softeners that I've tried.
The smell permeates throughout my entire house.
I have also observed that with liquid softeners, often times some can stain your laundry with what looks like "wet spots," causing you to have to re-wash your entire load. Downy has never done that to my laundry.
I find the price to be comparable to most household names, and slightly more expensive than generic versions, but in the long run I'm saving money because I'm not having to use more by washing my clothes multiple times because it has left spots.
Tracy, thanks for your review.
You are right that many liquid fabric softeners can cause fabric softener stains. I'm glad you've not had that experience with Downy, but I do know that even Downy's manufacturer, Procter & Gamble, warn that Downy can cause stains, like any other brand, when it is not added to the wash properly.
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