The Wife and Her Downy

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  1. Buckdragger

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    So my wife has a strange infatuation with fabric softener, she uses it on everything. So much so that no matter what goes in the washer and dryer even if I add scent free soap it comes out smelling like downy! Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can wash my hunting clothes at home without that smell getting into everything!? Also I want to make sure i don't ruin my washer and dryer in the process. Thanks for any suggestions. PS I have already asked her if she would just stop using the fabric softener for just the couple of weeks leading up to bow season and through November. (she says she doesn't like that idea):deadhorse:
     
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    Wash them in a tub of water by hand or in the washer and dry on a clothes line?
     
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    Sota Legendary Woodsman

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    I run an empty load with scent free soap, then do a load of my underwear socks t shirt that I wear hunting, next load is base layers, then the camo same treatment of the dryer I spray it down with scent free spray and progress thru the layers, then I ozone treat it all.
     
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    henson59 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Like Sota I will run an empty load with the scent free soap then I wash my base layers, then I wash my outer layers. I will also spray down the dryer and then wipe it down.
     
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    I wouldn't chance it personally. I would take the time to wash them in the bathtub or in a large bin you can pick up at Walmart. Then hang them to dry. As long as you get dressed in the field, you shouldn't need to wash them often. You may also want to store your clothes in an airtight container and add a few pine branches and other aromatic things you find around your hunting area.
     
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    im dealing with same dilemma. also i have a front loader which sucks in my personal opinion but heres what i do.... my washer has a "tub cleanse" cycle. it runs straight water for about an hour and a half. i add bleach and vinegar to this cycle. i then run a "rinse" cycle (straight water). Then i will run an empty load with my dead down wind. then i run my cycle. Fabric softener is the worst so in the dryer i would wipe out with something that will cut the film like IPA then wipe out with dry cloth. Or better yet air dry outside.Be careful with the ipa though its flammable. After all this comes an ozone treatment. This is just what i do. You cant be too extreme with scent care
     
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    Thanks all for the advise. I am going to invest in an ozone system soon. I am using a REALLY cheap one now that helps but isn't doing the job I had hoped. I think I will start to try and hang all my clothes to dry outside that way I only have to worry about the cleanliness of the washer the only thing I'll have to figure out then is how many times a year I will get up the gumption to clean out the dryer to reactivate the scentlok portions of my gear. I never thought of spraying the dryer drum with scent eliminator products. I hope one day to have the space and the cash to get a new set of washer and dryers for my wife and take over the old set (after cleaning it of course) for my hunting stuff.
     
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    "I run an empty load with scent free soap, then do a load of my underwear socks t shirt that I wear hunting, next load is base layers, then the camo same treatment of the dryer I spray it down with scent free spray and progress thru the layers, then I ozone treat it all."



    Definitely like the idea of this. It would seem that the washer and dryer would get more clean with each load. Ill have to try it out! Thanks.
     
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    Get a scent crusher bag. I have one and it's awesome, kills the smell on literally anything. I never wash anything other than base layers now.
     
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    Westfinger Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Tell her to take it to the Laundromat or stop using the downy for a couple months.
     
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    Tell her to switch to Snuggle. Nobody can be scared by this cute little guy.

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    This is what I do


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    I know a guy that bought a cheap top-loading washer that he uses just a for hunting stuff.

    I just run an empty cycle with scent free soap,seems to work.
     
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    My wife is the same. I do what I can and hunt the wind.

    She's also a fantastic cook and many time I'll be washing my cloths at night and as I pull them out of the washer or dryer they immediately get hit with the smell of great home cooking. I laugh, what am I going to do, get mad at her?:)
     
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    yep.:)
     
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    All my hunting clothes get washed outside in a plastic tote with baking soda by hand. Let dry outside for a couple days and they're good to go.
     
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    I just wash them by hand and hang them outside.
     
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    I've had the same conversation in my house. :) She also borrows my truck and I've asked that she not wear perfume on those days.

    My fear is that I will push the rules too hard and she will make me start doing the laundry! Oh, the horror!!!! :eek2: :argue:
     
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    Hang outside on a clothes line for a month before the season. After a dry spell, so they are dry, then put them in a plastic bin with apples. Every second use or so spray them down with your favorite scent killer and put them back in the bin with fresh apples. Hang them outside whenever it is dry for a couple days.
     
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    Also, depending on the washer - mine has the tray that comes out (where you pour in the soap) - I rinse and wash that before doing a load of laundry. That gets rid of the excess laundry soap/softner that is laying in there.

    If I do more than a couple things - I'll also do a quick load (toss in a towel) to wash the washer before.
     

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