Pssst. Can we talk about something? It’s kind of embarrassing, so you might want to lean in. I promise to whisper.
I walked into a medical lab yesterday and was accosted by a pungent smell. I thought to myself, “man, I’ll have to ask the staff to be more mindful of the detergent they use to wash things.” Then I realized that the smell was coming from the retiree in front of me at the counter. Tide. Or Gain. Phew!
What I just don’t understand is why detergent manufacturers have to so overly perfume their products that the smell lingers for months after a washing. Are laundry detergent chemicals so terribly pungent that companies have to add a ton of perfume to cover up another, worse smell? If so, perhaps it’s time to find a better formula that uses less toxic and less noxious ingredients.
Personally, I use Costco’s Kirkland brand, which does what detergents are supposed to do: it cleans. More than that, however, is the fact that the light scent dissipates by the time the clothes come out of the dryer. Nice. So, if I _were_ a perfume wearer, which I’m not, you would be able to smell the $500/ounce rather than the $5/pound scent.
Point is, folks, please let me meet _you_ first; not the putrid stench that precedes the introduction! You’ll know it’s too much if I’m choking, gagging, and my face is turning pink before I can say “Hello.”