Newest Review: ... are the usual sort of fabric softening liquids, which put a coating on the fibres in order to reduce static and make it soft. This coating ... more
Gimme back my Downy!
Member Name: shroud
Date: 22/02/08, updated on 22/02/08 (299 review reads)
Advantages: softened towels and nappies without causing water repel, good on most fabrics
Disadvantages: despite rave reviews and a good customer base, the product was removed and not replaced without noti
Ah....I loved this product. Alas, P and G still make it, but for some reason stopped distributing it here in the UK. The injustice of it all!
Downy is a major brand of fabric softener made by P and G, sold under the Lenor label here in the UK and in Ireland. Most of the Downy and Lenor ranges are the usual sort of fabric softening liquids, which put a coating on the fibres in order to reduce static and make it soft. This coating sadly means that over a very short period of time, towels and nappies will begin repelling water so that you have to either strip them to remove the stuff, possibly damaging the fibres over time, or replace them with new ones. The fabric enhancer works differently., saving time and effort and greatly extending the life of fabrics.
Rather than coat the fibres with a slight waxy and oily like substance, the fabric enhancer works with the fibres to help keep them fully fluffed out so the the fabric's original nap is restored during washing. This means that towels and nappies and other clothes stay soft, and do not repel water.
Cost wise, it was good value for money. A bottle cost about the same as other Lenor products, but was ultra concentrated so a very little bit went a very long way adding to value. Usefulness was extended by the fact that Downey was suitable for senstive skin, and was easy on the perfumes.
I miss you Downey, and will continue to rail at P and G about the lack of distribution here!
Summary: I hope they do a Wispa and start selling this here again