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I keep smelling laundry detergent. Why?

Asked by BBawlight (2183 points ) April 12th, 2012

I keep smelling laundry detergent at random times during the day. It comes in waves. One minute I’ll smell it, the next minute it’s gone! Why? It’s so weird…

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chyna's avatar

Could you be smelling the detergent or the dryer sheets (if you use them) on your clothes?

lonelydragon's avatar

Do you have your windows open? If so, maybe you are smelling the neighbors’ laundry.

JLeslie's avatar

If there is no reason for it, like your clothing or a laundry room nearby, you are just having a memory of it probably. Similar to hearing a noise that is not happening. Does it happen in different places? Or only when you are at home, at work? If it always happens in the same place, I would seriously consider something in that place smells like the detergent. Might even be someones deoderant, shampoo, something through the vent system.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Dryer vent pointed at your home from a neighboring home?

Keep_on_running's avatar

It could also be that you just have really strong smelling detergent. I tried fabric softener once and wow, I couldn’t smell anything else in the laundry for days. Like walking into a candy store a thousand times in a row.

It’s kind of amazing really how science can create such potent fragrances. They intensify the molecules through some process/es. (I saw a documentary about it once, very interesting.)

redhen4's avatar

I had a weird experience for a while at home, in one area, where I could smell cigarette smoke. Never did figure out where it came from – furniture, outside,

Recently I experienced a sensitivity to odors that no one else smelled. That went on for about a month. I researched it online, and one possibility was being pregnant. That wasn’t it!

filmfann's avatar

We have that when my wife uses too much detergent on our clothes. It could also happen if you have hard water where you live.

JustPlainBarb's avatar

I think you’re smelling your neighbor’s dryer exhaust… that happens to me. The neighbors must use one of those awful scented fabric softeners or detergents!! I’m very sensitive to it since I always use unscented laundry products!

Kayak8's avatar

Can you discern if it is your brand? If so, it may be your body heating up your clothes and releasing the scent. Otherwise, I agree with neighbor’s exhaust. But figure it out before a dryer sheet falls from your pants leg in the middle of an important meeting . . .

ccrow's avatar

I once bought some trash bags made from recycled plastic; apparently it all came from laundry detergent bottles. They absolutely reeked.

hearkat's avatar

I was experiencing this recently, and I determined that it is the fragrance in the cat litter that is similar to the fabric softener smell.

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