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    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 19th Mar 17, 9:43 PM
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    unscented fabric conditioner
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    • 19th Mar 17, 9:43 PM
    unscented fabric conditioner 19th Mar 17 at 9:43 PM
    I dont use fabric conditioner as my son won't wear the clothes due to the smell (I dont like it much either)

    He also never wears clothes when he can get away with it due to the feeling of them, I think it would help him if they were softer (ie I used fabric conditioner)

    Therefore am looking for a fabric conditioner that doesn't smell. Whilst unscented products do not smell of flowers/sea breeze etc in my experience they still smell.

    Can anyone recommend anything to make the clothes softer with no smell.

    Thanks
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 19th Mar 17, 9:53 PM
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    How about something like this one?

    http://www.ecoverdirect.com/products/zero-fabric-conditioner-750ml/ezerofab750ml.aspx?productid=ezerofab750ml

    Or simply stick a cup of white vinegar in your wash,it soften clothes with no fragrance....promise you won't smell like a fish n chip shop
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    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 19th Mar 17, 10:14 PM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 10:14 PM
    I have heard about using vinegar before but it has such a strong smell I am not sure I trust that the clothes don't smell my son has a very good sense of smell and a vinegar smell will be worse for him than a traditional fabric conditioner smell, he also suffers from eczema so not sure how vinegar will effect this.

    However there is only one way to find out, I will give it a trial, thanks
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    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 19th Mar 17, 10:29 PM
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    I use vinegar when washing towels as I was told fabric conditioner effects their absorbency and I have not experienced any smell.

    I used to use Ecover when we lived in an area off Mains drainage and it was really good, if a little expensive.

    Hope you sort something out, might be worth trying an item with the vinegar and see how it goes
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 19th Mar 17, 11:34 PM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 11:34 PM
    Vinegar

    White vinegar.

    I buy the gallon jar and just use a cap full. Yes you will smell it when the clothes first come out of the machine but it goes as they dry

    Vinegar won't affect his skin like fabric conditioners will. Also if you are using tabs or those jelly things for washing, then stop. Use powder. You only need a small amount, I never use more the half a cap. DH is a manual worker, his clothes are filthy, yet half a cap of powder and a hot wash and they come clean
    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 20th Mar 17, 8:05 AM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 8:05 AM
    I've been using vinegar in place of fabric conditioner for years. The main reason for doing so was due to me having eczema, as it removes any soap residue from the washing. I used to only be able to use certain washing powder/liquid products and no biological at all. Find that I can use practically anything now including bio products, so long as I use vinegar. Unfortunately, it hasn't cleared up my eczema problem! It's certainly worth a try. The other bonus is that it's better for your washing machine than fabric conditioner.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 20th Mar 17, 9:19 AM
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    I too am a great believer in white vinegar and have used it for years I cannot abide the smell of vinegar at all it makes me heave, but when you use it in your machine. your clothes barely smell of it and as they dry, any slight smell vanishes

    I use half the amount of soap powder recommended and a handful of ordinary soda crystals in my washing machine ( about 60p a box from Boots) and top the section where the conditioner should go up with ordinary white vinegar and bobs your uncle .

    My washing machine drawer never gets that gungy gloopy stuff stuck in there,and the machine looks sparkling clean all the time.

    All my washing gets line dried as I don't own or ever wanted a tumble dryer.Now and again I will do a boil wash of white stuff and use exactly the same ratio of soda crystals and washing powder with a good top up of vinegar and my machine is always very clean and fresh.A small bottle from the supermarkets costs about 45p for 500mls I would love to buy a gallon but no where near me sells it at that size. Saves a fortune on buying those horrible smelling conditioners which are full of chemicals and strange sounding chemical smells.
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    • Gers
    • By Gers 20th Mar 17, 10:15 AM
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    Yep - vinegar all the way here too. No after smell, soft clothes and clean machine.
    • Living proof
    • By Living proof 20th Mar 17, 11:46 AM
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    White vinegar every time. The strong residual smell of fabric conditioner on people's clothes actually makes me want to heave.
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    • Biggles
    • By Biggles 20th Mar 17, 1:06 PM
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    I use a small amount of fabcon and never really notice any smell at all afterwards. I use vinegar for towels (or anything else that I want to stay absorbent) and never notice the smell after that, either.

    Maybe some of you are just using far too much fabcon? I use about a quarter or a third of a capful each time, no more. But I never really noticed any smell when I was using closer to the 'recommended amounts'.

    Having said that, I remain to be convinced that it actually does anything. I don't know, for example, what effect I am looking for, nor how I would know if I had achieved it! Maybe I should just stop using it altogether?
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 20th Mar 17, 1:14 PM
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    Another advocate for white vinegar. I have a very good sense of smell, and the fabcon scents make me feel queasy. Add to this the fact that Mr LW refuses to have his clothes smelling "girly" (his word).
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    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 20th Mar 17, 1:22 PM
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    We ought to get together and offer ourselves to the White Vinegar advertisers. There must be someone out there who hasn't experienced its magic yet.

    I've been using it in the washing machine for years and yes, the clothes are soft and non-itchy and the machine is all clean and shiny.
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    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 20th Mar 17, 1:49 PM
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    Wow thats unanimous, white vinegar it is then I will report back once I have tried it.

    I always use less than the recommended amount of powder by a third (due to the smell and cost saving) I find that it still get the clothes clean. I wash most things at 60 deg so that probably helps.

    How much vinegar does everyone put in?
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    • rach_k
    • By rach_k 20th Mar 17, 2:35 PM
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    Water softener might be a good option too. I use it sometimes as we have hard water but it still makes things feel softer in soft water areas. Calgon is very overpriced but Tesco and Sainsbury's have their own powdered versions - Tesco call it limescale removal powder and Sainbury's is similar, both in card boxes at about £2.
    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 20th Mar 17, 2:40 PM
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    .A small bottle from the supermarkets costs about 45p for 500mls I would love to buy a gallon but no where near me sells it at that size.
    Originally posted by JackieO
    Any help?
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Oils-Vinegars-Salad-Dressings/Golden-Swan-White-Vinegar-Litre/B00TZT6GQE/ref=pd_lpo_325_bs_tr_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refR ID=F4N9PJSJAYACX02E6WTX
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 20th Mar 17, 2:57 PM
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    as it says pack of four does it mean four bottles of 1.25 litres ? do you think
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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 20th Mar 17, 3:01 PM
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    as it says pack of four does it mean four bottles of 1.25 litres ? do you think
    Originally posted by JackieO
    It's 4 x 5 litres - bulk buying!
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    • Biggles
    • By Biggles 20th Mar 17, 4:01 PM
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    A small bottle from the supermarkets costs about 45p for 500mls I would love to buy a gallon but no where near me sells it at that size.
    Originally posted by JackieO
    I hate to be an advocate of Tesco, but their standard price for distilled white vinegar is 39p a pint (= 69p a litre). Sadly, that seems to be the only size bottle they ever do but they are way cheaper than any other supermarket I've seen (and only slightly more expensive than Amazon's Chinese bulk buy!)
    • Biggles
    • By Biggles 20th Mar 17, 4:10 PM
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    Calgon is very overpriced but Tesco and Sainsbury's have their own powdered versions - Tesco call it limescale removal powder and Sainbury's is similar, both in card boxes at about £2.
    Originally posted by rach_k
    But aren't they different things? Calgon, for example specifically say it's not a descaler, whereas you say Tesco describe theirs as limescale remover. That suggests they aren't the same thing.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 20th Mar 17, 4:48 PM
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    It's 4 x 5 litres - bulk buying!
    Originally posted by jackieblack
    Wowso that's 20 litres of vinegar that's really brilliant at that price, I will get my DD to get me some as she has an amazon account
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