Product Review: Downey Fresh Protect In-Wash Odor Shield

Today is day 100 of  my stupid summer runstreak. I don’t want to talk about that, because I’m pretty cranky and over it (but I am putting together a blog post about it for the weekend).


Today I want to talk about an amazing product I picked up on a lark at Target, Downey Fresh Protect In-Wash Odor Shield.

One of the less attractive aspects of running for hours is the funk that lingers on workout clothes, no matter how many times I run them through the wash. I tried the white vinegar trick (which is an indication of my desperation, because even opening the bottle makes me gag – I hate the smell of vinegar), and while that reduced the offensive element, there was still an off-putting residual odor.

I have a sensitive sense of smell (I like to think it compensates for my Mr. Magoo eyes) so considering how much time I spend in my workout clothes, my running clothes’ funk has bothered me. #firstworldproblems

Which is all to say that when I saw this product (basically a perfume for clothes), I figured it was worth a shot, even though I’m usually more environmentally conscious with my household products.

I was desperate. Environment be damned.

Let me tell you, running peeps, it. is. amazing.

My running clothes, imbibed with a seemingly unshakeable funk, smell good. Delightful. Snuggable. This stuff is magic. The “fresh scent” (akin to Febreze) is fairly strong, so if you don’t like that fake-fresh smell, it might rub you the wrong way, but it’s not a fake top-layer scent (where you can tell it’s covering up something unpleasant). After months of the underlying funk smell, no matter how much fabric softener or white vinegar I used, I can’t get over that it completely wiped it out with one wash.

I don’t foresee using it on any laundry loads other than my running delicates (or perhaps once my middle guy starts soccer season), but I’m pretty excited about discovering this treasure for my workout gear.


3 responses to “Product Review: Downey Fresh Protect In-Wash Odor Shield

  1. if you want to try something more natural…ie works on my kids soccer things and my mom’s “accidents”. yup, I have hit that stage of life. try adding half cup baking soda and half cup borax in the wash followed buy the white vinegar in the fabric softener holder.

  2. This stuff also works WONDERS:

  3. Hi Tracey…any issues with your machine? My niece used these in a front loading machine in a a rental she was in. Machine was within a year of being new. They destroyed the drum. The beads fell through the little dholes and got in the gears and any who…you can imagine. I have always wanted to try but my niece’s horror story has me freaked out. I am the landlord if ya know what I mean 🙂

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