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Gain Fabric Softener Dreamy Desire - About.com Laundry Product Review

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Gain Fabric Softener Dreamy Desire - About.com Laundry Product Review

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I don't know if you remember the classic song, "Dream a Little Dream of Me". I always think of Mama Cass Elliott's rendition (does that date me?) but all the greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong have sung it. You might just be whispering the name of Gain Dreamy Desire after you try this fabric softener.

Gain Fabric Softener - Dreamy Desire

Since Gain Laundry Detergent hit the shelves with its nose-enticing scents, it has been a popular choice in the mid-price range detergents. Gain fabric softener in matching or complimentary scents was not far behind. Today you can find Gain Fabric Softener in these scents: Original, Lavender, Island Fresh, Floral Fusion, Apple Mango Tango, Dreamy Desire and Sunflower & Sunshine with Febreze. You can also add softness to your clothes with the Gain Dryer Bar in Flirty Fresh.

The liquid fabric softeners come in three sizes 72 loads, 52 loads and 48 loads. All are safe to use in both high efficiency (he) and standard washers. The directions for use state: Find the fabric softener dispenser, shake the bottle of Gain fabric softener well and measure to the line marked SP (middle line) in the cap. You are instructed to add more or less depending upon the size of your laundry load and washer. Pour the softener into the dispenser and top off with water.

The product should not be poured directly onto clothing since spotting can occur. To remove the spotting, wet the area and rub with a mild soap (bar soap) then rinse or rewash.

A warning states that liquid fabric softener can increase fabric flammability. Using more than the recommended amount can increase this effect. The product should not be used on children's sleepwear or garments labeled as flame resistant. It should also not be used on fluffier fabrics like fleece, velour, chenille or terry cloth.

Listed ingredients are:

  • biodegradable softening agents (cationic)

    The complete list of ingredients can be found on the P&G website. They are:

  • Water - Solvent
  • diethyl ester dimethyl ammonium chloride - Softening agent
  • Fragrance - Aesthetics
  • Starch - Structuring agent
  • Ammonium chloride - Chlorine scavenger
  • Calcium chloride - process aid
  • Formic acid - pH modifier
  • Polydimethylsiloxane - Anti-foam agent
  • Liquitint™ Orange - colorant
  • BENZISOTHIAZOLINONE - preservative
  • diethylenetriamine pentaacetate, sodium chelate - metals in product

    The instructions are offered in English, French and Spanish. The suggested retail price is $15.99-16.99 for the 72 load bottles and $4.99-5.99 for the 48/52 load bottles.

  • The Procter & Gamble Story and Gain

    Procter & Gamble began in 1837 when Cincinnati brother-in-laws, William Procter, a candlemaker, and James Gamble, a soapmaker, came together to form the company. In just twenty years, the company would reach one million dollars in sales. The company continued to grow during the Civil War when the Union Army awarded two contracts to Procter and Gamble to supply soldiers with soap and candles.

    Procter & Gamble found gold with the launch of Ivory soap in the 1890s. In the years to come, Procter & Gamble would invent and produce some of the most common products - like Crisco, Tide and Pampers in American homes. The company now is one of the largest advertisers in the United States and around the world. The products are available in 180 countries.

    Gain was introduced to the Procter and Gamble laundry line as a mid-price laundry detergent. Gain soared in popularity due to its variety of scents - Original Fresh, Apple Mango Tango, Icy Fresh Fizz, Hawaiian Aloha, Butterfly Kiss, Dreamy Desire, Flirty Fresh and now Sweet Sizzle - and products including detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, dryer bar and dish washing detergent.

    Laundry Guide Recommendation

    I gave Gain Fabric Softener Dreamy Desire a test. I had a very hard time reading the instructions because they are printed in dark blue ink on a purple label. Be sure to have plenty of light available.

    Our laundry came out soft and static-free and heavily scented. I will admit that I'm not a big fan of most fabric softeners due to the coating they leave on fabrics. The coating makes the clothing less flame resistant, less absorbent and less breathable while wearing.

    I prefer to soften our clothes and linens with baking soda or white distilled vinegar. However, if you like to add scent, Gain is a good choice.

    Specific questions? Just ask here.

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