Ultra Gain Island Fresh Fabric Softener Smells Divine
Written: Aug 13, 2012 (Updated Aug 13, 2012)
a Very Helpful Review
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Pros:Clothes smell fresh, less wrinkles, no stiffness or static, works in standard and HE machines
Cons:More expensive than other fabric softeners
The Bottom Line:
A great, long lasting, fabric softener with an amazing scent. Clothes stay fresh, has less wrinkles and static and can be used in standard or HE machines.
A few months ago while at my son's house I noticed the most delightful smell and asked my daughter-in-law what smelled so good? She had no idea so I started sniffing and the smell was coming from her dryer. I asked her what she used and she said Gain. She showed me the bottle and I knew I'd be buying my own bottle the next time I was shopping.
Before using Ultra Gain Island Fresh Fabric Softener, I used either Snuggle or Downy (and even the cheaper Value brands) and while I liked them a lot, I really like Gain better. The liquid softener is a peachy orange color and as soon as you open the cap, you get a huge sniff of the best smelling fabric softener on the market. Ultra FreshLock Gain locks in the smell so it lasts longer. Some of the cheaper brands I've used don't lock in freshness, the smell has evaporated in no time but they do help with wrinkles and static. My preference is for a smell that lingers and is soothing. Ultra Gain Island Fresh does that and is worth the extra money. I buy the 3.06 Liter, 120 loads, so it lasts me quite awhile.
Using Gain softener:
The peachy orange liquid isn't all that thick but it carries a powerful whiff when you open the lid. I prefer Island Fresh scent in the green plastic bottle with a white cap but you can also buy Ultra Gain Fabric Softener in the Original scent, Lavender, Floral Fusion, Apple Mango Tango, Dreamy Desire, Flirty Fresh and Sunflower & Sunshine With Febreze Freshness.
The spout is designed to collect extra softener so none is wasted. You pour out the amount you need/use and as you tilt the bottle back, the rest flows backward into the bottle. The use of fabric softener in my 15+ year Maytag washing machine suggests diluting it, and generally, that's what I do unless I choose to ignore the directions and use it full strength when drying my sheets, gowns and good clothes. I never use softener on my towels as it reduces absorbency.
There's nothing like crawling into bed at night and falling to sleep with the delightful smell of Ultra Gain Island Fresh Fabric Softener. I don't find the smell overpowering. It has "overtones of tropical white flowers with a splash of orange and undertones of sweet and musky with a woodsy wink."
The smell does last for a good week until it's time to wash my sheets again. When I strip my bed, I get a faint whiff and really enjoy the fragrance along with the smooth and soft feel against my skin. My shirts and dress clothes all come out of the dryer with less wrinkles and rarely need ironing but my husband is a teacher so I do iron his dress shirts and press his pants.
Gain suggests you pair their detergent with their fabric softener and I have done that when my purse is fuller but I've not noticed any difference in the smell when using a different detergent. I usually buy Purex Triple Action Laundry Detergent. It's cheaper and does a great job of cleaning my clothes.
Contains biodegradable fabric softening agents (cationic).
Gain recommends you not use this product on children's sleepwear or garments labeled as flame resistant as it may reduce flame resistant and on garments made with fluffier fabrics (such as fleece, velour, chenille, and terry cloth)
I baby sit my (nearly) 12 month old granddaughter 3 days a week and am often washing her baby clothes and use Gain to dry them. My daughter loved the way her clothes smelled so she's switched from Snuggle to Gain. We've also bought the dryer sheets and used them as air fresheners in our cars, lingerie drawers, under furniture and put them inside our a/c vents. Even if you don't use Gain, you should try putting dryer sheets in your vents. It helps if you have animals and leaves your house smelling wonderful. In the house or even on the back patio where the dryer vent is, if I'm drying clothes, the air is fragrant with Ultra Gain Island Fresh Fabric Softener. I love it!
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ddustyrose August 13, 2012
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