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lil_miss_frugal

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(Laundry)Tide Odor Defense Collection
« on: April 14, 2016, 12:36:56 PM »
Hello my fellow Mustashians!

So I'm wondering if anyone has tried any of Tide's new "Odor Defense" items. This includes the Tide Pods with odor defense, Tide Odor Rescue, and Downy beads with Odor defense. I use the regular liquid Tide detergent in my HE front loader now, but I'm particularly interested in knowing if any of these products do what they say. I've tried just about everything to get ride of sweat/deodorant smells/stains from my shirts and nothing has really worked. Would anyone recommend any of these products or others?

Thanks in Advance!

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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2016, 11:54:23 AM »
I haven't tried any of these, mostly because they are expensive and contain a lot of additives.  Regular generic laundry soap plus occasional vinegar gets our clothes very clean.

The last time my clothes emerged not clean from the wash was when the machine had stripped a part and wasn't agitating correctly.  It was going through the motions instead of working.  I also have had problems with some synthetic shirts, which I replaced.

If this is truly the last thing to try, I would try it to see.

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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2016, 12:40:04 PM »
When my husband's exercise clothes got stinky, I hung them out in the sun. Problem solved. More delicate items can often be deodorized outdoors in the shade. Fresh air and sunlight are natural sterilizers.

From then on, I started washing sometimes in warm or hot water, which seems to help. Good luck!

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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2016, 12:40:29 PM »
I suspect the tide products are gimmicks, without any ability to actually 'defend' against odor.

I am a sweaty person, and usually end up with some righteously stinky gym clothing and undershirts. I've always used Borax to actually remove odor from clothing. It's the 20-mule team! For staining, you may have to periodically strip your shirts.

I'd also take your current laundry soap, and run the clothes through a laundrymat machine. If they don't smell coming out, you could have a laundry machine problem, like Rezdent said. 

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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2016, 09:20:27 AM »
Thanks for the replies everyone! I'm thinking I'll give Borax a try!

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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2016, 10:27:04 AM »
Those kinds of stains are a pain!  I've had decent success pretreating with a laundry bar soap called Zote, which can be found at Latin supermarkets and online.  It is a good degreaser also. 

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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2016, 11:32:33 AM »
What temperature are you washing at? I found that 60 degrees worked way better than 40/cold wash.

I also put baking soda in with the washing powder and use a mixture of (natural) fabric softener and vinegar.

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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2016, 05:32:23 AM »
What temperature are you washing at? I found that 60 degrees worked way better than 40/cold wash.

I also put baking soda in with the washing powder and use a mixture of (natural) fabric softener and vinegar.

For my clothes, I wash them on "Cold", not sure what temperature that is. I've tried mixing baking soda with water and peroxide to form a paste and apply it to the underarm area of some of my shirts, but that doesn't seem to work any more. I've also tried vinegar. It seems that if a smell is already set into the underarm part of a shirt it's almost impossible to get it out.

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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2016, 06:46:09 AM »
Synthetic shirts can have this issue, I've found, as Rezdent did.

I've also seen online that sometimes one's choice of deodorant can be to blame and make those stains and stink worse.  I wish I could remember more details.

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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2016, 06:52:41 AM »
+1 to the synthetic workout shirts being problematic. What my internet sleuthing turned up, and this bore out in practice, is that it is the synthetic + an antiperspirant (vs deodorant) that causes the problem. It makes the fabric hold the smell a lot more, and won't give it up. If you have a synthetic fabric that gets that weird almost sweet/fruity BO odor, before you're really sweat enough to be getting a big BO smell? That's the reaction from that.

Solution: I replaced all my synthetic shirts (RIP), and bought new ones, which I never use with antiperspirant. Haven't had the issue since. I mean, they still get smelly, obviously, but just normal person smelly which then washes out.

I've also heard the yellow staining on shirts only happens with sweat + antiperspirant as well, that it's not actually the sweat staining it. I have not experimented with this, though, as neither DH or I have had the yellow pit dilemma.

Final note: be aware that medications and dietary changes can affect body odor. I was recently worried my synthetic shirt stank was coming back, but on ALL my clothes. Turns out, a new medication I was on made me smell like a teenage boy's gym bag. No bueno.

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Re: (Laundry)Tide Odor Defense Collection
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2016, 07:47:41 AM »
Borax works!

Also, look for Fels Naptha. Great stain remover, even dried blood. Comes in a bar.

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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2016, 08:17:46 AM »
Yes the aluminum in my deodorant is definitely the culprit! I switched to non aluminum and it's much better on my shirts BUT the deodorant doesn't last all day sadly. 

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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2016, 08:50:37 AM »
I'm not sure where she got the recipe, but my wife came up with a neat mixture of borax, oxyclean, and some type of powdered laundry soap product, plus maybe something that smells like lavender?, that she mixed together in a giant bucket and we only use about 1/4-1/2 cup per load. This seems to work really well in our fairly new HE machine. way cheaper than pre mixed or liquid detergent and one batch lasts forever. We just keep a smaller bucket in the cabinet above the washer that we refill from the larger bucket periodically.

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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2016, 10:33:45 AM »
I'm not sure where she got the recipe, but my wife came up with a neat mixture of borax, oxyclean, and some type of powdered laundry soap product, plus maybe something that smells like lavender?, that she mixed together in a giant bucket and we only use about 1/4-1/2 cup per load. This seems to work really well in our fairly new HE machine. way cheaper than pre mixed or liquid detergent and one batch lasts forever. We just keep a smaller bucket in the cabinet above the washer that we refill from the larger bucket periodically.

Would you please ask her to share the recipe?  Thanks!

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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2016, 12:21:49 PM »
She said she doesn't use the bar of soap but instead uses some scent beads, also available in the laundry aisle. They come in various brands / scents she said.

Ingredients :

Arm and hammer washing soda.

Baking soda.

Borax

Scented "booster beads"

Oxyclean.
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« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2016, 08:39:56 PM »
Thanks!  What are the proportions?

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« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2016, 09:17:02 AM »
When I asked about the recipe she said :

"I don't know, it doesn't really matter, if you're good you can get (each one) at Kroger on a five-for-five deal and if you have a coupon on the Kroger app all of it costs like $10. For our household of 3 it lasts like 6 months"

She only uses 1-2 table spoons of mix per load and just buys the standard package size, not bulk sizes or anything.

She the whole package of each mixed together in a bigger bucket and uses a smaller container like a Tupperware or something to keep what is used regularly in.

We have lots of athletic type clothes and this stuff works  with that type of fabric the same as bulky towels or bedding. It smells nice and takes stink out of stuff just fine. We wash a toddlers clothes in it too and no one has had any weird reactions, and we've been using the recipe for a long time.

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« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2016, 12:22:43 PM »
There are quite a few laundry soap recipes online. The ratios are usually:

1 bar (4.5oz) soap (Dr. Bronners, Castile Soap, Ivory, ZOTE, Fels-Naptha)
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing soda (note - not the same thing as baking soda! Arm & Hammer makes both kinds, so double check)

If you have a food processor, use it to process the bar soap into tiny bits. If no processor, just use a cheese grater. In my experience, the smaller the soap bits, the better the detergent works.

This recipe will make your clothes clean, but they will not smell like anything. If you want scents, just add the beads, etc, to achieve a scent level you like.

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« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2016, 01:13:59 PM »
I like the Boulder soap from Costco.   I just bought another large container of it yesterday for $10.   Each one seems to last about 4 months for my family of four (that seems to go through a ridiculous amount of laundry).    My kids seem to get skin irritation from other detergents, I've never tried the homemade recipes for detergent because the savings just don't seem to be big enough.