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How to Use Downy Rinse and Refresh

Downy Rinse & Refresh is a breakthrough laundry odor remover that helps rinse away the smelly residue trapped within fabric fibers by acting as a laundry detergent booster.

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How To Use

1. After adding your favorite detergent, pour in the desired amount of rinse and refresh for the size of your load. Fill the fabric softener drawer for best results

2. Pour the liquid into your liquid fabric softener dispenser or directly into the rinse cycle.


  • Downy Rinse & Refresh is a low pH rinse aid that works to remove odors and residues left behind on items you wear and use, like bath towels. These residues if left untreated can build up and lead to odor that can be difficult to remove, even with washing.

  • Downy Rinse and Refresh is nothing like a traditional fabric softener. Traditional Liquid Fabric Softeners lubricate fibers making them soft and fresh. With only 5 ingredients, Downy Rinse & Refresh is designed to remove odor causing residues not lubricate fibers. Its unique formula works in the rinse to break down and remove the residues left behind after washing that can lead to odors.

  • Downy R&R is a rinse added product, so it goes in the fabric softener dispenser on most wash machines, it can be added in the center post agitator for traditional top loading machines, or it can be added directly to the drum during the rinse cycle.

  • Downy Rinse & Refresh is designed to give you customizable dosing based on your laundry needs. The two factors to consider when selecting how much Downy Rinse & Refresh to use are 1) load size and 2) amount of odor. For example, if you have a small load with light odor issues, we recommend filling the fabric softener drawer a little less than half full with Downy Rinse & Refresh. If you have a large load with heavy odor issues, we recommend filling the softener drawer to the "maximum fill" line. Downy Rinse & Refresh can be dosed directly into the fabric softener compartment based on each load's odor-removal needs without the need for a measuring cap, helping to avoid spills and messy caps!

  • Downy R&R is safe for all washable fabrics, including active wear and children’s clothing. Downy R&R is not a fabric softener, so it can be used on all machine washable fabrics and will not impede absorbency or moisture wicking or harm flame retardants on children’s clothing like usual liquid fabric softeners.

  • Downy R&R works in all temperatures.

  • Downy R&R designed to be used with detergent, and can be used with other fabric enhancers like scent boosters or dryer sheets but NOT liquid fabric softener or bleach.

  • No, Downy does not test on animals.

  • Downy Rinse & Refresh and fabric softener should not be used together in the same load. Both Downy Rinse & Refresh and fabric softener are placed in the fabric softener compartment in the washing machine, which releases product into the rinse cycle of the wash. This compartment is only designed to hold 1 product at a time per load, so you should not mix products together in this compartment for the same load.

    While you should not use Downy Rinse & Refresh and fabric softener in the same load at the same time, you can use both Downy Rinse & Refresh and fabric softener on the same garments (in separate loads) to deliver different benefits, depending on what you are looking for.

Did you know?

Downy helps protect your clothes from 50 mph spinning in your washing machine.

Downy helps protect your clothes from 60 times the G Force of a space rocket launch.

Downy helps protect your clothes from a dryer hot enough to cook ribs.