There are so many laundry products on the market today that I dread having to walk down the detergent aisle at the store. Between the stain removers, perfumed additives, whiteness boosters, dryer sheets, and more, I couldn’t help but wonder: when did stand alone detergent stop being enough?

It was on a whim—and thanks to a high-value coupon—that I purchased Downy Unstopables several months ago. With a retail price ranging from $5–$7 per a roughly 10 oz. container, this product still wasn’t in the bargain range for me. Nonetheless, I gave it a shot.

After use, my laundry smelled nice (but I could get the same effect with cheap dryer sheets), so I decided to forgo its regular use there. But then it dawned on me: if I liked the scent, why couldn’t I use the product around the house for other purposes?

And just like that, I have a new favorite product. These pelleted scent boosters come in handy for uses much more varied than just laundry. Considering how much mileage I get from all the additional household applications, a product that retails for about a half dollar per ounce suddenly seems like a bargain!

Here are some of my favorite uses:

  • For the garbage disposal: Sprinkle a tablespoon into the garbage disposal and let it sit (several hours or even several days is fine). Water will eventually break down the pellets, leaving your kitchen sink smelling incredible. Need to get rid of an odor immediately? Simply sprinkle, run water, and grind the disposal as usual.
  • In a pedicure soak: Rather than spend money on pricey bath products, I make Unstopables pull double-duty by adding to warm water during a foot soak. A teaspoon is all you need. I use the pellets as a soft exfoliater and then let them dissolve in the water. Heavenly!
  • As a DIY sachet: Here’s a two-step DIY project for the kids. Take mesh jewelry bags (sold in multi-pack at craft stores like Hobby Lobby for 10 cents a piece or less) and add one-fourth to one-half cup Unstopables. Tie and place in closets, drawers, and linen closets as sachets. A small collection of these also make perfect grandparent and teacher gifts!
  • With the kitty litter: To extend the life of your kitty litter (or to mask odors when there’s no time to clean the box), sprinkle some Unstopables in along with the litter. Mix in for best results. My feline never seemed to notice the change—but I did! A little goes a long way here.
  • To freshen pre-moistened wipes: Have some unscented baby wipes, glass cleaner wipes, or a stand-up canister of antibacterial wipes that could use some scent freshening? Sprinkle a half tablespoon of Unstopables directly into the plastic container, and let the beads settle to the bottom. They’ll stay there for the life of the wipes in the container, infusing them with just enough scent to make the wipes even more pleasant to use.
  • As a potpourri replacement: Unstopables can be used in any area you’d normally want to scent with potpourri. Fill a glass dish with some and place in a sunny window, with stored towels, in a bathroom, in a car or RV, or at the office. They’re so small—and colorful!—that their size will hardly be noticed . . . but their scent will! Caution: be sure to place any open dish OUT of the reach of small children, who may mistake the colored gems for candy.
  • As a wax melt: My favorite idea by far is to use Unstopables in place of higher-priced wax blocks in a Scentsy holder or wax burner. Discard when the scent weakens; replace as necessary.  Scents from two or more containers can even be mixed!

Sometimes the best products on the market are those that multitask, and Unstopables sure do, in a big way!

Bonus: Downy is a member of the Proctor &Gamble family, so coupons are routinely available in the P&G inserts that are included in newspapers during the first weekend of every month!

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46 thoughts on “7 New Uses for Downy Unstopables”

Do NOT use as a melt!!! They are dangerous to heat!! See the MSDS sheet http://news.downy.com/…/file/MSDS_-_Downy_Unstopables.pdf

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I have a great use for them instead of putting the unstoppables in the kitty litter box feed them to the nasty fuckers

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i dont think this is totally safe those things are made with chemicals that i wouldnt want to be breathing in…if you like the idea of sprinkles in your warmer check out Pink Zebra, im a rep and they are a NON-Toxic soy based alternitaive :) you wont be disappointed.
http://www.pinkzebrahome.com/SprinkledPinkOhio

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I heard downy unstoppables gave off harmful fumes. Use in ventilated area or outdoors with caution.

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Try putting them in your vacuum cleaner bag! Your house will smell great!

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Great ideas but if you use these in your Scentsy warmer, it completely voids the warranty not to mention the damage it can do to your dish! Best to just use Scentsy products in your warmer.

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Walmart sells wax warmers cheaper anyway so just get one there.

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Without knowing the ingredients and possible consequences of the chemicals in my body, I hesitate to inhale or soak in them. Cats especially are very sensitive to smell and may reject the cat litter boxes, not to mention the unknown urine and Downy chemicals when they mix. There are products approved in our country that are not permitted in Europe for health reasons. No surprise that people are having allergic reactions to these unnatural products.

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Now uses are always great for any product ! But always read up on all ingredients first. Like what chemicals are used to make the smell just for one.

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What can I do if I can’t print coupons?

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i put them in the toilet tank. they work great!

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They are also great in your Rainbow or Hula vacuum in place of the oil drops, and they make the when house smell like fresh laundry! A little goes a long way here too!

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I love the scent beads, but lately I’m seeing so many “clever” new ways to use them. Some don’t sound as bad as others, & ultimately it’s up to each of us to use them however we feel safe using them, outside of their intended purpose. I’ve followed you for a long time, & very much enjoy your tips & suggestions, but I’m very disappointed that you are recommending we mix these chemical scent beads in our kitty litter! I cannot imagine anyone thinking this is a good idea or suggesting it to others? I really hope no one is doing this. Again, this is a chemical. It could cause stomach problems, UTI’s or a number of health problems for your feline. This is just such a bad, potentially dangerous thing to do or suggest to anyone. I’m positive there’s not a veterinarian anywhere who would agree that this is ok. A good clumping litter, plain baking soda, scooping/changing the litter often is the responsible way to care for your cat/litter box. Please don’t mix any chemical, powder or scent bead where your pets have access, especially where they use the bathroom.

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I also put them under my car mats and under the seats for a fresh sent everytime you get in your vehicle. Especially on a hot summer day.

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Thank you for these ideas! I love unstoppables but sadly have developed an allergy to them so can no longer use them in the laundry. Apparently a lot of people are allergic to them. Who knew?

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Can you use these in your dryer

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NO. The packages says “Do not use in dryer”…

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i mAke sachet bags of unstoppables and put them on every airvent and when they ac comes on it blows a nice pleasent smell and my whole house smelling good

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I just did this. It’s a awesome way of using the product. Thanks for the tip…

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You put “laundry ” products on your body everytime you put on clothes lol

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I make sachet’s out of coffee filters and twisty ties. Toss them in drawers and all kinds of places but my all time favorite is with linens. I wash a set of sheets fold and put a sachet in the center and put in two grocery bags (one is not big enough) One going one way tied and another going the opposite way tied. I toss the whole bundle in a storage container that has a lid. When you want to change your sheets your linens are just washed fresh. Do the same with blankets, bedspreads etc. Love this stuff!

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If you use these isn’t it releasing chemicals in the air when heated? I have 2 kids and this is a concern for me

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I tried this  as a wax warmer and it smelled wonderful but after the second day no longer could I smell the scent. I then removed the unstoppables only to discover that the unstoppables removed the paint that was on the wax warmer dish. I will not use again!!!

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What kind of warmer was it? Im just wonderimg because I have a glade one that I really want to try this in but im afraid it’ll ruin my melter npw that I read your comment

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i used them in a warmer i bought from walmart and it never hurt it and never had any problems. made the house smell amazing

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Awesome! I’m about to purchase 3 of these very VERY cheaply (Like less than $1 each!) as part of a big couponing trip I’m writing a list for right now! Thanks for the ideas!

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Thanks!! Great ideas!! :)

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Excellent tips!!!!

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Excellent tips!!!!

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I read somewhere on the internet that dryer sheets are toxic to cats so I’d be afraid to use this in their litter.

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I’m not so sure though that I would want to use a LAUNDRY product directly on my body in a pedicure soak. Buy some cheap epsom salt & use body wash like I do.

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So what are they made with? Because I’m a bit hesitant to use in direct contact with my skin for a foot soak or via baby wipes. Wouldn’t epsom salts+ essential oils achieve the same effect at a fraction of the cost, and without any mystery dyes/chemicals?

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I LOVE Downy unstoppables! They seem to make my laundry smell even better! I guess w/ 4 kids and tons of laundry to do, when it smells extra good it makes folding better, haha. Thanks for the ideas though~ I will def try a few!

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Put a tsp in a squirt bottle, fill with warm water and “tada”….you have a spray mist for ironing, furniture, clothing, room freshener, etc.

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Its like cheep febreez

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Great ideas – thanks for sharing! I, too, just had (!) to buy this product when it first came out and while it made my laundry smell good, it made my skin itch! Needless to say the can has been sitting in the laundry room since………now I can actually use it up! I love the idea of putting it in the car….but what would you put it in?

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I have used a clean, empty cat food can with the plastic lid & poked holes in the lid for the smell to come through. OR you can do the sachet bag. The first time I did it, I just sprinkled them under my seats…iot got vacuumed up when I washed it – months later. lol

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Oh, Marjori – the cat food can sounds like a great plan as I have a big cat that eats A LOT of food! LOL! It really does sound like a good idea though and I’m going to try it! Thanks again for sharing! :)

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I just use new or used dryer sheets to contain a few beads and then put under the seats in my car

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For use in automobiles, simply purchase one of those colorful, amusing tea diffusers found on Amazon (I have the Yellow Submarine in soft silicon, but there are a myriad of others – including puppies, kittens, fish, etc): Add a teaspoon full of Downey Fresh pellets/crystals, hang from your mirror (or atop your air vents) and voila – instant, refreshing aroma fills your vehicle!

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i put unstoppables in with hot water and vinegar to mop my floors.

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i use some in my trash part of my car smells great when the car gets hot

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I also use it in my car. Now I *LOVE* getting in durign the summer. :)

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Here’s another use: Put some in your vacuum cleaner bag and you’ll get a nice scent when you vacuum.

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Awesome suggestions! Thanks KCL

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I love Downy Unstoppables in my laundry, but never thought to use them in these awesome ways! Thanks for sharing. :)

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