Over the summer I reviewed the product called Smelly Washer. It was a good time to try out the stuff– summers are humid here, and my 16-year old washing machine was starting to smell a little…. uh…. shall we say, “funky.” I think Smelly Washer did OK… but you had to let the washing machine fill with water, add the Smelly Washer, and let it sit for 2 hours or longer to work. It worked, but I just had to *remember* to stop the washer from draining the water so that the stuff would sit overnight. I didn’t always make it in time. :pinch:
The real problem for us here is that the towels and linens sometimes get an odor. It’s a musty, slightly mildewy odor. I will go on record as saying that I HATE that smell. I have washed my towels and bed sheets a few times over, using the expensive liquid detergent (I like the way Era smells), to get rid of the smell. I hate washing my face with nice soap and then drying it with a terribly stinky smelly towel. And I don’t know what’s on those towels, but the odor stays with me for a while afterward. It’s frustrating. I think my use of scented laundry detergents and fabric softeners was exacerbating the problem, too.
So, when the dudes at Smelly Washer offered me a chance to try out Smelly Towel for free, I said SURE! In a nutshell, I think Smelly Towel is better than Smelly Washer. Smelly Washer is great, don’t get me wrong– but like I said, you have to monitor your washer and let it sit overnight, etc etc…. Smelly Towel is stuff you use in the washing cycle. So I love it because it’s easy. And it DOES work!!
Basically what you do is pour a capful of the powdered Smelly Towel in with a load of wash in hot water. You do not use detergent. And if your stuff is REALLY smelly, then let the load soak for a couple of hours.
I tried it on my towels, and was very pleased. The Smelly Towel powder itself is kind of stinky– it’s pink powder and it smells like cherry flavoring. When i smelled it, I thought, “Oh no! My towels will smell like that?” But after using Smelly Towel, my towels did not have that cherry smell. They didn’t have any smell.
When I washed a big load of bed linens (we have a Tempurpedic mattress, which makes you sweat all night and the linens get pretty raunchy), the smell was better, but the musty smell was not entirely gone. I soaked them for a few hours, and the smell was much improved.
I think Smelly Towel is a great laundry supplement, something to keep in the laundry room along with the Borox and stain remover and etc. I wouldn’t use it for every load. Some frugal ladies have been using the Smelly Washer products to wash not just towels and linens, but smelly clothing, tubs, showers, drains, and etc. Very nice!
Now, Smelly Towel is not available for sale just yet, but it will be. You can go to the Smelly Washer website and keep an eye on developments there, as well as check out the Smelly Washer cleaner and read more on how to use the products. Smelly Washer is available for sale in Europe, too– so now we can banish stinky washers and clothing across the entire Western Hemisphere!
Moreover, if you are now desperate to give Smelly Towel a try, I will give you a chance to win a bottle of it for free! I’m in the process of putting the contest together, so be sure to stay tuned!
Remember, I’m a pro-blogger and I am sometimes compensated with stuff or money to review or mention products or services! This was one of them. :D You can read more about my blog policy on my My Pledge page.