I may have found the perfect fabric conditioner for my family — Downy Fabric Conditioner Baby Gentle, the baby pink variant.
A personal experience. Products were given for review.
In my family, I grew up to my mother throwing freshly ironed clothes back in the hamper if they smelled like the laundry didn’t properly dry. She hated the smell because it worsens when you wear it and you sweat. She wants our home, and us, always smelling good. And I can’t blame her.
I am not sure if it came from her, but I also developed an aversion for such. Whenever I would encounter somebody who’s wearing clothes that smell like they were properly dried, my nose itches and waters and my head spins.
So when the labandera turns in clothes that are amoy kulob, I also put them back in the hamper. I always tell her to make sure that our clothes dry very well because otherwise, she will have to do the same thing all over again. And that also adds to the wear and tear of our clothes. Same goes for our sheets and towels, too. Imagine having to wash queen-sized sheets, blankets, and pillowcases all over again!
Talk about my nose being maselan!
Downy Fabric Conditioner
When Downy Fabric Conditioner was introduced in the market many, many years ago, my mother started using it. Since then, we have enjoyed wearing nice smelling clothes and lying down on freshly smelling sheets, whether or not they were sun-dried. I also especially relish the moment each time I open our cabinets because the gentle scent of Downy on our unused clothes fills the room.
When I got married, I carried the practice in the home I now share with my husband. I have instructed our laundry lady to apply Downy with each and every single batch of washing that she does for us, especially on the kids’ beddings. I would really know when she forgets.
When the kids started coming, we still continued using Downy Anti-Bac. Our eldest kept getting the sneezes primarily because we live in the city where dust and pollution is all around. So we had to clean the house more diligently.
But her allergic rhinitis kept getting worse. While her overall health and energy seems fine, she always gets the sneezes that results into a cold. The following day, the cold would result to post-nasal drip and eventually a full-blown cough that would last for a month or more. She would recuperate but after a week or so, the cycle would start again.
It was a really trying time for me, raising Dindin with her allergies because I did not have a babysitter and she keeps vomiting, sometimes up to seven times in a day because of the phlegm, all over our room — the bed, the drawers, the floor, her toys, etc. It was a really bad time. I was struggling with breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and dealing with her allergies.
We kept cleaning the house diligently and almost daily. We also eliminated the use of colognes, air fresheners, aromatherapy, and lastly, our fabric conditioner. We bought a washer with dryer so that the clothes wouldn’t smell bad even during the rainy season when the sun seldom takes a peek and the droplets of rain still reach our laundry.
So basically, it’s just the natural smell of our room and our bodies that we keep smelling. Ugh. I had to really build up her immunity with vitamins, minerals, and other supplements like chia seeds and malunggay capsules.
Since I no longer went to the fabric conditioner aisle in the supermarket, I didn’t know that Downy introduced a new variant – the Downy Baby Gentle, which is appropriately colored baby pink. Awww soooo cute! hihi
I got package of a 1 liter of Downy Baby Gentle plus 6 sachets. I excitedly let our laundry woman use it on all our clothes and they smell so nice. Fresh but not too strong to the nose. And they are softer to the touch, too.
I wash our underwear separately because I use organic laundry soap. I just soak them overnight and do not really scrub so much anymore. But sometimes, the soaking can leave a foul smell on our underwear. It’s not nasty, but it’s not pleasant either. Now, I use Downy Baby Gentle on our underwear for the last rinse and they are just awesome.
It’s feels so good whenever I open the underwear drawer now. :)’
Bathroom Air Freshener
I placed some sachets of the Downy Baby Gentle inside the bathroom and the whole place smelled so nice. So I thought, why not pour some of the fabric conditioner on a small container? The result is lovely. Of course, the scent doesn’t stay for days, but it’s nice to have the scent for two days. Then I used it on my laundry. haha
I also spray it in the bathroom. Lovely scent and most of all, we don’t sneeze! And it’s not just for babies–it’s for the whole family!
Sigrid - Bacolod Blogger
Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at: