The first thing I will say (and hope Vince doesn’t read this): If you are on a septic tank, you may want to think twice about using these things. When researching whether they were safe to use on a septic tank, I also read that fabric softeners aren’t good for septic tanks. Heck . . toilet paper probably isn’t good for septic tanks!
We had a septic tank in Kentucky for nine years. I used Downy in probably every single load of clothes I washed there and we never had a problem – which is definitely not a guarantee that you won’t have problems if you use it.
Dryer sheets are probably safer but I’ve never liked using those. I forget to put them in and then they end up inside my underwear or inside Vince’s shirts. I keep them around for when static electricity becomes a problem because I haven’t used Downy in a long time. I don’t even know why I quit using it . . probably that stinking front load washer.
Anyway . . these smell good pellets . . I love these so much.
They feel waxy and I just can’t imagine that they’re good for a septic tank. We have one here and we have one in MO. I only use them when I wash sheets. I actually like the Great Value ones best but it could be because they’re lavender scented and I love lavender.
The house in MO has a garbage disposal, which Vince has always said NO! NOT on a septic tank so I figured I’d compromise, even though he doesn’t even know I’m doing it, and not use the garbage disposal so I can keep using the scent booster.
Yesterday I washed the sheets on our bed and they smelled so good, I washed the quilt too. Oops .. that’s twice as much scent booster in the septic tank! This is another reason I wish we could have our washing machine water going out into the yard, but we can’t.
One problem: I have an amazing washer (NOT front load) in MO and when I washed the sheets, the washer washed them and rinsed them so well that I couldn’t smell anything! Nicole told me that the brand I have there (I didn’t even know what brand I had) is one she doesn’t like and she feels it doesn’t leave much scent. She basically has the same washer I have but it’s a different brand and she doesn’t have an agitator and I do and she said she could hardly smell anything when she used the same brand I have in MO so when I’m there and wash the sheets again, I’ll try either Downy Unstoppables or Great Value Ultimate Fresh.
Nicole told me that she always liked spending the night at my house because my sheets always smell good. Chad doesn’t like scents so he probably hates spending the night at my house. Vince never notices or if he does, he doesn’t say anything. But, if I clog up the septic tank lines, you can bet he’ll say something!