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Why do your clothes smell when you use tide and clorax in your white clothes?

Chemicals which aid in "whitening" of clothes tend to be pretty smelly -- the most common modern one is chlorine bleach, which gives that "swimming pool" smell. It will DESTROY spandex and elastic -- not good in womens clothes! Also, Tide uses strong fragrances in most of their laundry detergents, which are smelly but will not hurt your clothes.

If it bothers you, don't use the Clorox in your whites; use about 1 cup of liquid ammonia (added into the water, NOT directly onto the clothes) in the wash cycle. This has a natural whitening effect (it's what the ancient Romans used), and leaves no smell behind at all.
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