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  • Writer's pictureThe Pink Elephant Lady

Dirty clothes or smelly laundry detergent? Which is worse?

At home, we ran out of laundry liquid. Our whole house had been sick for like two weeks, so I had not brought home more laundry and cleaning supplies from my store lately. I had a small bottle of Tide left over from a recent science experiment with the kids, so in a pinch I just used that.

Question: when did Tide get so....smelly?! Ugh - when I walk downstairs, the first thing I smell is whatever perfume they're putting in that bottle of Tide. When I hug my children, the first thing I smell is the Tide on their clothes. It's cloying. It's annoying. And it might not be so bad if it was a good smell. But it's not.

This is not the first time I've ever used Tide. I don't remember it smelling so bad. It's not that I hate all perfume smells; it's more that I know the ingredients are kept secret and can often be harmful, so I choose not to use perfumed products. I seem to remember Tide having a more pleasant scent. The kids are actually complaining about the smell.

And it creeps me out a bit that the scent lingers for so long. How does laundry detergent manage to stink up an entire room? And I sure don't want to smell it every time I hug my children. Maybe I'm just oversensitive to it since I've been using unscented products for so long. (One more thing: why is it blue? There's no reason for it to be blue. And what do they put in it to make it blue?)

You know what? I think I'll just let the clothes be dirty for a while until I get back to my maker space and brew up a batch of my own laundry soap.

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