Gain Fireworks In Wash Scent Booster Review: I LOVE It!
by Janet Daugherty
Janet has shared a review of Gain Fireworks In Wash Scent Booster, which is one of the newest products from Gain. In fact, it is so new I couldn't even find a picture of it to show you!
***Update: I've now found a picture, which I've obviously added, plus gotten additional reviews below.
The new product from Gain is their scent booster. I LOVE IT!
The fragrance is so much better than any of the other brands. I found the product in a local store and purchased it because of the price and the scent (other brands have a blue scent and lavender). I longed for something other than lavender!
I am so pleased!!! I washed my blanket in it over a week ago and last night when I pulled my blanket up to my face I was happily surprised with a wonderful scent coming from it! Still there after a week!
Great product. Will be buying it regularly!
Thanks so much Janet for sharing this review. I actually saw this product at my Walmart yesterday, noted it was a new product and considered taking a picture to show everyone and though, nah, they'll have a promo picture I can use. No, of course not, it is that new!
I haven't been able to find any promotional material about it yet, not even from Gain's own website, so I'll tell you all I know from my brief glance at the store yesterday. I know it is a product similar to Downy Unstopables, in that they are little crystals you put into the wash with your clothes and their only purpose is to provide scent. It is NOT a fabric softener like Purex Crystals, but does provide scent just like the Purex version does.
***Update #1: I have now found out a bit more about the product. The only scent they currently have is called "Sweet Sizzle." It is pink little crystals, and it is supposed to smell like a "cool breeze of a sunny spring morning." I'm not exactly sure what that smells like, but nonetheless that is the description.*** End Update
***Update #2: They've since added another scent, Original Gain scent. I would love for people to tell me what this one smells like, and how they like it! ***End Update
Basically, in wash scent boosters are a new type of laundry supply that has been invented recently, and now there are a couple of brands competing for dominance in this section of the market.
Just like with Downy Unstopables I would caution those who have sensitive skin or suffer from laundry detergent allergies to be careful with Gain Fireworks because the extra scent can cause some people to have allergic reactions, even if they typically don't have them normally. (You can read a couple reviews of Downy Unstopables where readers or loved ones experienced allergic reactions from the strong scent.)
If, on the other hand, you like strong scents that seem to last a while in your clothes this is another option for you to consider.
Has anyone else tried this product? If so, or you want to send me a picture of it, I would really appreciate it. You can share your review here, or read reviews of other Gain fabric softeners (although this product is not a softener I've just grouped it with the other Gain products for ease).
I loved the great smell of the Gain Fireworks original but it gave me a horrible rash.
I think that's weird because I've been using Gain laundry soap and dryer sheets for years.
Sorry to hear that.
There are actually a lot of issues with these laundry scent boosters causing allergic reactions, most likely because it is just adding a lot more scent to fabric that is close to people's skin.
However, interestingly, I've not heard as many complaints about Fireworks as with some other scent boosters. I would love to hear from other readers who've used the Original Scent, sharing how it has worked for you, good or bad.
Sonja shared her experience with Gain Fireworks in wash scent booster.
My husband and I went shopping on black Friday and went past the laundry isle at Target. He said these Fireworks on the news and said we should buy it.
I agreed, because I already use Gain products. I used it as soon as I got home with my whites, read the directions and used a little, just to see how much was needed for the scent.
I just folded my clothes today, excited, and found pink stains on my clothes. I just rewashed them and the stain did not come out.
I'm not sure if this happened to anyone else, but if so can you let me know what you used to get the stain out?
Sonja, this product is so new I haven't heard of any one else yet having many experiences at all with this product, good or bad.
However, I would suggest to try soaking the white clothing in Oxiclean. You can click the link to find out more suggestions of how I would do this, based on my previous experiences soaking stains with an oxygen based bleach such as Oxiclean.
I am not sure it will help, but I think it is worth a shot. Unfortunately, you didn't notice the stains until after you ran it through the dryer which means it will be harder to remove the stains, but sometimes, unfortunately, that happens.
If you try this method with success (or not) I would love to hear how it worked, because it might help others who also have this problem with the product to know how to remedy the stains.
***Update: Since Sonja shared the problem she's been having with this product, I've gotten several additional comments from readers who've shared they've had the same trouble. The first reader said:
I love the smell but it sometimes stains my clothes pink, which ticks me off.
In addition, a second reader stated:
I love the scent of Gain Fireworks but it is expensive and has stained several of my clothes. I switched to Purex Crystals and that has also stained my clothing. I will try diluted ammonia to remove the stains.
***The reference to the ammonia is referring to the tip shown below, from another reader, sugesting using this stain remover to get rid of the stains from the Fireworks product.
In addition, another reader wrote:
I used an HE washer and I have had no problems. Is it possible that you are using too many? I only fill the lid about 1/3 and toss them in! WONDERFUL SCENT!
Erainer Stewart from Winston Salem, NC, reported:
I've been using this product for a few weeks now and have not experienced any staining in any of the clothes I've washed. I let the water run first, then add my detergent, color booster and the Gain Fireworks then add my clothes.
I've been using this product for a few months now and never had any problems, until this recent wash where it stained a new top with crochet on it pink. I think the bead might have gotten caught in the crochet and dissolved funny. I have soaked with oxy clean and am unable to remove the stain. If anyone has any other suggestions, I would like to hear them. Bleach is not an option as it is a tan color.
Finally, Jennifer said:
I tried the Moonlight scent boosters which are purple, and the color came off on my clothes and now my shirt has purple dots on it. Not very happy.
Gain's Sweet Sizzle Scented Beads Made Bleach Marks
by SR101 Reader
An SR101 reader shared with me what happened when she used this new in wash scent booster, after I asked if any one else had experienced staining issues like the reader above.
SR101 Reader said:
It actually made like bleach marks on my brand new blanket that I bought at the same time as this stuff.
I'm very upset about it, all though it made it smell good it ruined it.
I'm sorry to hear that. I would definitely call customer support to report this issue, since it is easier to remove pink spots than to remove bleach stains. Perhaps they have a suggestion.
Also, I'm obviously not sure about this, but it could have been something else within the load which caused the marks, such as the detergent or something else. Because it was a new blanket it is hard to say what caused it, since you didn't have previous experience washing that item to use to help you judge what the cause was.
I would love to hear from other people who have used the Gain scent beads. Did it either stain your clothes pink, or cause bleach spots on them like two readers have now reported? I want to try to figure out if this is a common problem, or not.
How Do You Use Gain Fireworks In An HE Washing Machine?
by SR101 Reader
I received this question from a SR101 reader.
SR101 Reader asks:
How do you use Gain Fireworks with an HE washer? Just sprinkle it onto the dry clothes before starting the load?
I looked for directions on Gain's website for how to use this product and could not find them.
I actually have gotten several complaints too, that the scent booster has caused staining on clothing during use, and I think the lack of directions may be a culprit of that.
I could not confirm with certainty that this in wash scent booster was OK to use with HE machines, but I did confirm that Downy Unstopables can be used in an HE machine, so I would assume these scent beads from Gain can too.
Unfortunately, throwing the beads directly onto the clothes while they are dry may be what is causing the staining when they first get wet. However, there is not much of a different way to add the beads than what you've already suggested.
I wouldn't, for example, add them to the fabric softener dispenser since that is not how they are designed to be used. I answered a similar question recently for someone wondering how to use Purex crystals in their HE machine. In that answer (click here to see the whole answer) I researched and found you were supposed to add the crystals into the drum of the washer.
That is also how it says to add the Downy Unstopables -- directly to the drum of the washer, not in any of the dispensers. Therefore, my belief is this is how you do it. Unfortunately, I am concerned this is what is causing the staining, since you aren't diluting them before they touch your clothes.
Has anyone else used this product with an HE machine and want to share how they're adding them to the machine?
I've answered this question as part of the site where I answer laundry questions. You can ask your laundry questions here, or read other questions and answers I've already responded to.
Response Re: Adding Gain Sweet Sizzle To HE Washing Machine
Pat responded, in regard to the discussion above, about how to add this product to your washing machine if you have an HE machine.
I would suggest putting the Gain Fireworks directly into the drum and then add the clothes after, just like the Downy product instructions. That is what I did with no problems.
I also used hot water, cold rinse. I thought that the beads would dissolve better using hot water.
I love the product. The smell is great.
Thanks for the suggestion Pat.
I would love to hear from even more people sharing their method for adding this product to their washing machine, and if they've had any problems with it.
***Update: Another reader, shared her tips with me for adding this product to your HE machine. Ruth says:
I have been using this product in an HE machine and have had not problems. I have poured the crystals directly on top of the dry clothes before starting the wash cycle. No spots, and the scent it leaves on the clothes is wonderful....I love this stuff!!
Tanya responded to the reader, Sonja, who got pink spots on her clothes when she used the product.
I currently use the sent boosters and I LOVE THEM.
I have 2 cats and a dog, and my husband works with cars/trucks, so I have a very smelly house & cloths. I bought the scent boosters at Wal-Mart, used them when I got home on my cloths and they didn't stain.
All I did when I put the them in was wait a little bit for them to dissolve, then I added the clothes. I believe if you put the clothes in first, then the beads, then the coloring in them might be left behind on the clothing. So just let them dissolve first.
Thanks Tanya for your tip. I think you're right, that this is the proper order for adding everything, and I've even noticed some of the more recent commercials for the product make it clear that you add the scent beads first, before the clothes.
Question: Should I Also Use Fabric Softener When Using Fireworks?
by SR101 Reader
I got this question about how to use this product from a reader.
SR101 Reader Question:
When I'm going to wash, I first add the beads in and then I add the detergent and the clothes.
Then at the first rinse I add fabric softener.
Is this how you wash with the beads or you don't have to add fabric softener?
This is a great question, so thanks for asking it.
There is a lot of confusion about products like this, which may appear to be a fabric softener, but instead this is only a scent booster. It does not soften fabric in any way.
Therefore, if you want to benefit of softening then you'll need to add it, and yes, softener should not be added at the beginning of the washing process like this product can. Instead, it needs to be added in the rinse.
Therefore, your current method of adding your laundry products to each load is correct.
Idea To Keep Product From Staining: Add Your Laundry Supplies In Particular Order
In response to the fact that several people have complained that the product has stained their clothing, Jan has made a suggestion for how to keep this from happening.
From years of washing clothes, and have trying different methods, the one that works best for me is to add the detergent first, epecially if you're using powder, even some of the liquid detergents can stain clothes.
Allow the substance to mix with the water first before adding your clothes.
I use the Gain Sizzle and I love it and have not had any problems with it and have used this method every time.
I also dilute my fabric softener as well as this can stain clothes.
Response Re: Pink Spots Left By Gain Sweet Sizzle Scent Beads
Ammonia as stain remover
Above a reader complained that this product left pink spots on her clothes. In response misscandradee shared her suggestion for how to remove these stains using ammonia.
I have not had any spotting from this product, but I may have your solution. I know when a dye bleeds off of something else in the wash, you can soak the article in a solution of ammonia and water.
I have done this from spotting after using liquid bluing as well.
Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES would I use bleach or vinegar. Vinegar is known for setting certain dyes and stains, and the bleach it is so harsh on clothing.
I got this tip from a cleaning product manufacturer years ago and it works every time!
Thanks so much for sharing your tip.
You are right, diluted ammonia can be a great stain remover in many circumstances. If you are concerned about whether it will harm your clothes though, make sure to always test in an inconspicuous area before immersing the entire fabric in it.
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