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Old 09-18-2019, 11:57 PM
 
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This is what comes in our windows nearly round the clock now. We're unable to keep windows open on hot days/nights. It's rare if the air smells fresh around our home. This harmful pollution makes us feel sick. It's hard to believe this is allowed/accepted now. Has anyone tried to stop this, or written/called the maufacturers of laundry products? It's chemical trespass when it exits the polluters dryer vent and enters my open windows and yard space.
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Old 09-19-2019, 12:17 AM
 
Location: on the wind
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Guess you'll be moving soon, right?

Nothing about what your neighbors are doing is illegal. At least not yet. I don't choose scented anything either but I have to recognize that I can't demand that others cater to my wishes.
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Old 09-19-2019, 07:18 AM
 
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How close are your neighbors? Can you plant trees or big shrubs between your homes to help block the smell?
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Old 09-19-2019, 09:43 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The only real option is move to a place where the homes are farther apart, or at least make sure that the neighboring houses have their dryer vents facing away from your house. Our neighborhood is lots of about 12-13,000 sf, and being on a corner lot our dryer vent and both neighbor vents are all "aimed" at the back of someone else's back yard. We use the nasty smelling dryer sheets from Costco and don't even smell them in our own house. We only do laundry on Sundays, and it takes about 4 hours. The dryer sheets also work to discourage moles if you place them in the tunnels.
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Old 09-19-2019, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Wine Country
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This is what comes in our windows nearly round the clock now. We're unable to keep windows open on hot days/nights. It's rare if the air smells fresh around our home. This harmful pollution makes us feel sick. It's hard to believe this is allowed/accepted now. Has anyone tried to stop this, or written/called the maufacturers of laundry products? It's chemical trespass when it exits the polluters dryer vent and enters my open windows and yard space.
Round the clock? Do you live near a laundromat?
Your neighbors are not doing anything wrong.
You have a couple of options:

Move.
Turn on or get yourself an air conditioner so you don't have to keep your windows open.
Plant a tree or some other shrubbery to block like another posted suggested.
Get an air purifier and put it near the offending smells.
Or just deal with it.
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Old 09-19-2019, 12:24 PM
 
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Since you're breathing your neighbors' dryer vents, I suggest moving to a decent-sized lot.
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Old 09-19-2019, 08:22 PM
 
Location: near bears but at least no snakes
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Can you have a talk with them? Some of that stuff is really toxic--the fabric softeners people use, I don't know how they stand the smell. I get the stench sometimes walking around the neighborhood but not in my own home.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/dr...xic-chemicals/

I only read this fast but it seems to admit that some of the chemicals are dangerous. I think it said there was a form of Bounce that was pretty acceptable. Maybe suggest to the neighbors that the odor gives you terrible headaches? Then tell them about one of the alternatives. It seems that people who use stuff are going to use stuff anyway so you would have to give them an alternative to use. Formaldehyde, acetone--you don't really want to be breathing it and some of the "fragrances" smell terrible.
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Old 09-19-2019, 11:11 PM
 
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Thanks for these suggestions. We have overcast days, clouds hold pollution down trapping it in our air space. The nearly round the clock smell boggles us. One neighbor with a large family works a night/swing shift schedule and does laundry at 4 am. Another has teenagers who keep late night hours doing laundry. There are different "flavors" at different times and we dont plan on knocking on our neighbors doors. It's not their fault these new formulations are too strong smelling. We've just dealt with it for about four years. The smell makes us feel sick and one of our children has asthma. Cloudy, windless days cause stagnate air. A sunny, windy location would be healthier, having less pollution. I'm guessing this is the new normal with everything being overly scented. I never imagined the air coming in my windows would be chemically fragranced....it's odd this is ok with people.
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Old 09-20-2019, 12:13 AM
 
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This is what comes in our windows nearly round the clock now. We're unable to keep windows open on hot days/nights. It's rare if the air smells fresh around our home. This harmful pollution makes us feel sick. It's hard to believe this is allowed/accepted now. Has anyone tried to stop this, or written/called the maufacturers of laundry products? It's chemical trespass when it exits the polluters dryer vent and enters my open windows and yard space.
That would totally suck not to be able to open your windows and smell fresh air or fresh cut grass, or the beautiful aromas from the garden. Consider living where I do, in a neighborhood where most days you can't even open a window unless you want your entire house and clothes smelling like curry or hukkah.

Trust me, both seem 'toxic' to me when it gets too heavy, which is most on Sundays ALL DAY starting in early AM.
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Old 09-20-2019, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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Scented detergent smells foul to me, but it's only an occasional problem in my neighborhood. I've started using these little detergent pods of a less-expensive store brand, that has no scent or dye added.
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