Top 3 Downy Freshness Tips To Fight Malodor

by - October 05, 2018

The rainy-day season can be hard on clothes. Since laundry is one of the household chores we can’t put off just to wait for the sun, we’re in despair because even if our clothes are freshly laundered, the fact that it is stinky still without the proper drying is a problem. We seriously hate that musty malodor we smell in clothes!

But do you seriously think that the real cause of musty malodor in your clothes comes from indoor drying? Apparently its not as Downy, the leading fabric enhancer brand in the world, recently shared the number one cause of this unpleasant smell in clothes, especially this rainy season.

The root cause is millions of germs. As a generally hygiene conscious culture, Filipinos are particular about keeping our clothes clean from bacteria secreted by our own skin and dirt coming from the environment. The distinct musty malodor is actually caused by germ growth, which may start as early as after washing the clothes, regardless of the laundry means and not directly because clothes are dried indoors. For longer lasting freshness, Downy has listed down pro tips to help keep clothes germ-free and malodor-free.

Freshness Tip No. 1: Watch out for high-risk laundry and wash them ASAP.

The longer clothes remain damp with sweat and other bodily dirt, the more germs will grow. If the items you are washing are susceptible to more germ infestation, they should be washed as soon as possible, and with more attention too. Soiled gym clothes, your child’s PE uniform, shared towels, lampins, clothes used in food preparation, clothing worn over a wound, and healthcare worker’s uniforms are just some of the high-risk items that one should watch out for.

These should be washed separately from other items. Homemakers can protect themseives from infection by wearing gloves when handling high-risk laundry.

Freshness Tip No. 2: Stop Staphylococcus!

Staphylococcus what!? A study1 showed that several malodor-causing germs are found to grow in different type of fabrics, including our clothes. Many healthy people normally have staph (short for staphylococcus) on their skin, in their noses, or other body areas. Most of the time, the germ does not cause an infection or symptoms, but when they do, it can make them or others sick. To avoid staph infection: keep your hands clean by thorough handwashing with soap and water; keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered until they heal; and do not share personal items such as towels, underwears or cosmetics.

Freshness Tip No. 3: Detergent is not enough.

Various global research shows that the use of water with temperature of 60 degrees Celsius or higher in laundering can be effective in killing possibly pathogenic bacteria. For the lucky ones who dry their clothes in the sunshine, they are actually killing germs as well. Unfortunately, it isn’t Possible for many of us to hang clothes outside due to space limitations and the season's weather. Downy Antibac has an ingredient known as Didecyl Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride. This ingredient ruptures the bacterial cell wall, thereby preventing germ growth and minimizing bacteria population that can contribute to musty-smelling clothes.

Downy Philippines Country Marketing Manager Cedric Le Goff states, “To beat the enemy, we have to know the enemy. We need to be particular in treating the root cause of musty malodor to achieve long lasting freshness, not just during the rainy season, but throughout the all-year humid conditions."

He further said, ”This can only be accomplished by the exhaustive prevention of germ growth in the clothes that we wear be it pambahay or panlakad. With Downy AntiBac, we can eliminate the germs that cause malodor in our clothes and provide long-lasting freshness.”


For our family where 3 times a week is laundry day. Using Downy Antibac is the best ever! With some clothes left in the hamper for days, germs is indeed a problem. But never fear as Downy Antibac can fight tough smells for that longer lasting freshness. We love how Downy Antibac can keep us feel and smell good. It is incomparable and for years we know that Downy is the best in terms of quality. Aside from making our clothes softer, the smell of Downy Antibac is comforting and it leaves a very mild perfume which can last up for days.

With Downy Antibac, we no longer worry about bad odor clothes. My sister-in-law also noticed that small insects who latched on clothes when you’ve been trying to dry the clothes indoor is gone when she started using Downy Antibac.

My final verdict and my sister-in-law too, this is the best fabric softener for us and we highly recommend this to everyone.

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