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Preserving that “favorite blanket smell”

It’s funny what kids latch on to.

Right after our son was born, one of my husband’s customers bought us a baby gift that has since come to be known affectionately as “Gee”. It’s a small, square, blue blanket by Barefoot Dreams that my son still does not part with.

When he was about two and we realized this “Gee” wasn’t going anywhere, we quickly realized we needed a backup blanket in case the original was lost. We were lucky enough to track down the last known blanket made in that style and color (or so we were told by the salesperson…I felt like saying, “Lady, we’re a sure thing…”).

Of course, the first time we lost the original and tried to pass off the back up as the real thing, we were totally called on it! Not only was it not chewed in the same places, but it lacked his “favorite blanket smell”. At the time, I compared the smell to un-brushed teeth and baby drool, but hey, it made him happy. However, whenever he would shove it in my face to experience the same joy, I cringed.

Thus, it has since become a never-ending quest of mine to find a way to preserve the essence of his favorite blanket that he has come to know and love while discovering a way for me to feel like I was giving him a clean, fresh-scented blanket when it came out of the wash. The challenge has been discovering a way to wash & dry it without overpowering it with perfume.

Since we use fragrance free detergent, the task fell to the dryer sheet. Being sensitive to smells myself, most scented sheets we tried were overly-perfumed and left our son’s blanket smelling a bit too girlie. But with the Arm & Hammer Fabric Softener Sheets in Lavender & Linen, we’ve finally achieved the perfect balance of fresh, yet essential blankie scent!

I want to hear about your favorite item that you try to preserve every time you wash it. And to give you a little added incentive to come clean (pun intended), Arm & Hammer has given me a $25 Visa Gift Card to giveaway to one lucky reader!

To enter, just leave a comment below with that favorite item that you wish you could ‘freshen up’ and you might just walk away with an extra $25 in your pocket!

This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is paying me to try different products. Save $1.00 on ARM & HAMMER Essentials Fabric Softener Sheets. And then head over to The Switch & Save Challenge to keep up with all of the bloggers and enter to win $25,000.


  1. My daughter received a blanket as a gift and she has yet to turn it loose! LOL She will be two in August and I would like to freshen it up a bit. :)

  2. Bunny. It’s actually a pink bear that got named bunny. She has slept with her religiously for 5 years.

  3. My favorite item I wish I could freshen up is my memory foam pillow :0)

  4. Our child’s old blue bear. It can’t even survive hand washing these days, though!

  5. the comfy afghan in the living room…that i like to cover up with while watching movies:)

  6. Casandra Buckner

    Could I say, I would love to freshen up my husband. He dips tobacco and everything he touches stinks. On a serious note: his chair would be the first thing! I have threatened to throw it out the door it smells so bad! I have tried to clean it, but the holes in the fabric get bigger. He just will not let go of it or his tobacco.

  7. I have a quilt made by my grandmother that is sort of falling apart. I have had it repaired and would love to “freshen” it up with a nice hung on the line smell!

  8. Lacasha Rittenberry

    I want my sheets to preserve the fresh clean smell all week and not just the day we put them on the bed!!!!

  9. My child’s teddy bear was washed so many times for the last 8 years, but he still looks good :) Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. I try to keep my kid’s pillows and favorite blankets the freshest :)

  11. I would love to freshen up the throw pillows on my sofa! The dogs love laying all over them. Thanks for the giveaway!

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. I’d like to freshen up my son’s spongebob squarepants pillows. They’re his favorite!

  13. Kids stuffed bears and blankets!

  14. Rachel Wojnarowski

    I am a HUGE fan of the Arm & Hammer Essentials detergent. My daughter has a blankie of 7 yrs that is now washed alone. On the delicate cycle. With TLC. 😉