""Mr. Beaver, we live in an area with hard water, so we always use a liquid fabric softener, generally Downy or similar brands. We have seasonal allergies, but the perfumes and scents in these products has never been a problem, and we have not found them to be overpowering or irritating, no matter how much of the product was used.
"Because most liquid softeners contain some oil or wax, they make towels less absorbent and are not for use with children's sleepwear. I recently found Purex Complete Crystals, which is added to the wash water, not at the end. It promises to soften better than oil-based liquids and is safe for children's clothing.
"The first time we tried it, the scent was so overpowering, so incredibly strong, we literally had to turn off the A/C and open all windows and doors. We felt weird, creepy, began sneezing and it lasted for hours. The scent got into everything, and we had to rewash the clothing and towels several times to get rid of this horrible scent. Isn't there some federal law or standards for these scented or fragranced products?""