Downy Unstopables Review

Does the scent booster work?

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There are many products on the market that are intended to make your laundry come out of the washer and dryer looking and smelling great. Downy Unstopables is a more recent product that is primarily designed to keep fresh laundry smelling great. It is made from tiny beads. These tiny beads are added directly to the drum of the washing machine at the beginning of the wash cycle. The concept is that they gradually break down during the action of the washing machine. When the clothes are finished washing and drying, they are supposed to smell distinctly of the Unstopables scent. Clothes are also supposed to retain that smell for a long period of time.

The Downy Unstopables Directions

The directions say to add as much or as little of the product as you want into the cap. Next, toss the beads directly into the drum of either a high efficiency or a regular washing machine. Finally, add the clothing before beginning the wash cycle. The beads will dissolve in the wash leaving behind the scent.

A User's Guide

Prior to buying, you can lightly squeeze the bottle in order to test the scent. The "Fresh" scent is close to other laundry products, but it still doesn't seem to coordinate to other major scents of common laundry detergents, fabric softeners, or dryer sheets. The directions are slightly confusing. While the recommended amount is a cap full, it also suggests adding as much or as little as you want. By the time the load is done in the washer, you can smell the scent. Even after a cycle in the dryer, the scent is still present. The scent may last for a few days after items are stored in the linen closet or dresser. This seems to be consistent no matter how much product is used.

Downy Unstopables Details

Downy Unstopables come in two scents, Fresh and Lush. They are only available in 13.2 oz bottles and they retail for about $7 per bottle. They are available in most major stores that sell a large selection of laundry detergent. The number of loads you get out of a bottle will depend on how much of the Unstoppables you add.

Downy Unstopables Considerations

Downy Unstopables may not seem to deliver enough of a difference for most users, especially when compared to a regular routine of fabric softener or dryer sheets. Adding an extra step and expense to the laundry routine may turn a lot of consumers off, while others will appreciate the added boost of scent that the product definitely provides. Downy has said that the scent boost can last for up to 12 weeks. Other consumers might not like that the product is essentially perfume and dye. This could present problems for those with allergies or issues with products that contain scents and dyes. Additionally, Downy Unstoppables should be kept away from small children and/or pets. The small beads can cause adverse reactions if swallowed.