I was recently in a discussion with some other moms about preteen boys and how they smell. If you’ve ever raised one, you know what I mean. It only gets worse before it gets better, so it’s important to find ways to get those boys smelling better! Here’s a tip for all of you moms who are new to this stage, or not quite there yet. Introduce your sons to shampoo and soap. I know you’ve provided it, and used it on them for years, but there’s something in that teenage brain that shuts off those memories and they won’t use it unless you tell them to.

I wish that was the end of the problem, but it’s not. They still smell. All of the soap, deodorant and body spray in the world doesn’t completely eliminate that sour teenage boy scent. (Let’s get real, it’s not much better with girls) Febreze can be a game changer in their bedrooms, so I recommend providing a fresh bottle on a regular basis, and probably supervising the use of it so they don’t just have a collection of full bottles in the back of the closet.

Then there’s the clothing. The smell lingers there the longest, but Tide and Downy have you covered. Tide is launching the new Tide + Downy Odor Defense Collection. With the help of Febreze in-wash odor defense technology, the Odor Defense Collection is a laundry regimen specifically designed to eliminate odors instead of just masking them. That is perfect, because too much body spray really only adds to the odour problem.

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There are three parts to the Odor Defense Collection:

  1. TIDE PODS PLUS FEBREZE ODOR DEFENSE: This 4-in-1 laundry detergent pac cleans odors from fabrics while removing residue and surface stains.
  2. TIDE ODOR RESCUE WITH FEBREZE ODOR DEFENSE: This in-wash booster deep cleans to remove dirt and odors that have gotten trapped down in fibers. Just add to your wash along with Tide Pods plus Febreze Odor Defense and Downy Fresh Protect with Febreze Odor Defense and let it do the heavy stain and odor lifting for you.
  3. DOWNY FRESH PROTECT WITH FEBREZE ODOR DEFENSE: Downy’s motion-activated beads eliminate and combat odors while also sealing in the odor protection technology so clothes stay fresh all day long.Just add it in with your detergent at the start of the wash cycle. Available in Active Fresh and Fresh Blossom scents.

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I’ve lived through the teenage boy thing once already and while the odours eventually improve, it’s not fun to live with at the time. And if you have a teenage athlete in the family, it’s even worse! I’ve been using Downy Fresh Protect for a week now, and I’m very pleased with the results. The active fresh scent isn’t too “girly” for my son and the whole house just smells like spring.

One of my lucky readers will get a chance to win a $50 Walmart gift card that you can use to buy your own Odor Defense products!

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Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom ambassador. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and have been compensated to put Tide to the stain test. The opinions on this blog are my own.



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Sheri McDonald is a family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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