Have any of you heard of Vocalpoint? It’s a site that offers opportunities to trial new products. I’ve belonged for a couple of years now. About a year ago they offered a sample of a product called Downey Unstopables™. I had seen the product on TV (the commercial with the crazy lady who sits on the washing machine) but, quite frankly, had no desire to try it. My laundry system seemed to be working just fine. However, once I received the sample I figured I would give it a try. Why waste a freebie? Unstopables™ are basically scent beads (P&G calls them “feisty” scent beads) that are thrown in your washing machine drum (don’t put in any of the dispensers) for use with your detergent to make your laundry smell good.
Let me tell you, once was all it took to convert us! My husband couldn’t believe how good his clothes smelled. Not only did they smell good coming out of the dryer, the scent has staying power. Whether sitting in your drawer, hanging in your closet or on your body all day, the good smelling stuff lingers.
It’s crazy how often people comment on how our clothes smell. I was at a meeting the other day with my friend Andi from Chick Chat This and That when someone at the table mentioned that something or someone smelled really good. Andi, knowing my laundry secret just burst out laughing (she’s “sniffed” me plenty of times herself) and told everyone it was me. It’s always a little embarrassing when people are wanting to smell you all the time! I guess I would have to say getting sniffed all the time is one of the drawbacks of this product!
My husband also gets a lot of comments. Some of the things he hears frequently are:
“Mike must be working today, we can smell him even though we can’t see him”
“What do you use in your laundry? You always smell so good!”
Between Mike and I, we’ve sent so much business P&G’s way I think we should get put on the payroll
In all honestly, I would have to say that the one drawback is the price point. Typically I see them priced at about $6.99 a bottle at Target & Wal-Mart. We follow the directions on the bottle as to the amount to use (a capful) and we go through a bottle a week. I know – it’s crazy! You can definitely use less, we just prefer not to. We also do A LOT of laundry as I do about 2 – 3 loads every day. If you live in Wisconsin I’ll let you in on a little secret, Woodman’s typically sells them for $5.99 a bottle.
While I’ve tried every scent, my personal favorite is the blue bottle pictured at the top of the post. One way that I maximize the smell factor (as well as minimize competing smells) is to you an all natural, scentless detergent. I also use unscented dryer sheets.
Have you tried this product before? What do you think about it?