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ok, I don't know much about these damn things, but all I know is that the smell is disgusting. One of my neighbours must have a vent that connects to their dryer and releases outside because i can smell the damn fabric softner.<br><br><br><br>
Im trying to conserve energy and open a window to let the cool breeze come in instead of turning on the AC, but then i have to inhale the nasty fabric softner. Just imagine what it's doing to the fresh air outside<br><br><br><br>
See, i don't know if all laundry machines have some sort of vent that connects it to the outside because i can only smell it from my neighbours house.<br><br><br><br>
Anyone else experience this? or can eleborate on this issue to make me understand it a bit better? lol, thanks<br><br><br><br>
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AS far as I know, it's the dryer that connects to the outside via a vent. It could be they use a dryer sheet. I'm not sure how to solve your problem, however, short of telling your neighbor that the smell from the fabric softener bothers you. Can't imagine that will go over very well! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I always liked the smell of fabric softener, although I never use the stuff. Apart from not opening your window or cutting their gas line, I don't really know what you can do. Maybe you can ask them when the do laundry or work out some sort of schedule so you can know when you can have the window open. Or get a window fan unit with some sort of air filter, although that sounds expensive.<br><br><br><br>
It could be worse. I once knew someone who's apartment was located directly behind a fried chicken joint. It always smelled like greasy fried chicken. The wierd thing was that when I was still an omni I went in their one to buy some fried chicken, but they didn't sell fried chicken. It looked more like large fried bugs or something.<br><br>
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Yes, dryers do vent outside.<br><br><br><br>
Just close the window closest to their dryer vent.<br><br><br><br>
As wonder said, consider yourself lucky if that's the worst of your problems. If you complain about their dryer vent, they'll probably start barbequing right outside of your window. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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They do have flexible, expandible dryer vent hoses in lenths of 12 feet and more. If the vent was in an out of the way place, you might consider asking them to run a piece of connection hose out side of the house, so that it would release the smell down wind further from your window. There are alot of "ifs' to this scenerio, like logistics and things. and of course you would have to offer to pay for the hose and connector(s), but it was a thought.
 

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I'll talk to your neighbors about their laundry smells (which I actually like, lol) and you come talk to my neighbor about being respectful of people's property and not damaging TWO of my brand new car's doors, within 4 days of me getting it, out of spite for getting a noise citation on her. We'll call it even. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
No, seriously...I think if you get a whiff, shut your window for an hour or two, then open it back up. They're not going out of their way to be a rude or inconsiderate neighbor; so this may be one of those things you just have to deal with the best you can. Good luck!
 

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There's probably little you can do to remedy the situation other than to buy four different wind chimes, cut your backyard once a month (if that) let your interlocking driveway sprout weeds from every crack, and get a large dog with a loud bark that you keep in the backyard all day that you never pick up after so it smells like the orangutan house at the zoo on really hot and humid days.<br><br><br><br>
Also no matter how many times your neighbour cuts all of your shared lawn, only ever cut your own side if and when you bother to mow it at all. Same goes for sidewalk shovelling in the winter.<br><br><br><br>
(For more information and helpful tips on how to be an a**hole, please contact my next door neighbour.)<br><br><br><br>
Seriously, I have smell sensitivities of the worst sort perfume is a one-way ticket to headachesville for this guy and I don't mean to belittle your problem. Like others here, I'm just trying to give you some perspective on how much worse it could be.<br><br><br><br>
Conversely, I won't bother to tell you what I would tell my neighbour to do if they asked me to change my laundry routine because it would only come out as asterisks here.<br><br><br><br>
Cheers!<br><br>
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I think building codes require all dryers to vent to the outside. As annoying as it is, I'd rather put up with the smell of dryer sheets than my next door neighbors' cigarette smoke. And they're ALWAYS out there smoking. I don't open my windows anymore. Or use my back patio.
 

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A dryer removes water from clothing by making hot, humid air.<br><br><br><br>
Since hot, humid air tends to frequently be a problem, most (all?) dryers vent to the outside.
 

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Nothing, the OP just doesn't like the smell. Kind of like hating the smell of certain perfumes that everyone else raves about.
 

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Unfortunately when you live with a bunch of people, you have to be stoic and "live and let live." It would be totally out of line to ask them to adjust their schedual to your pleasure. I am sure their dryer only works about 45 minutes or so. Just cose the window when it is on, and adjust to the smell of fabric softner. If you can't adjust wait till your lease is up and move-- but anywhere you go you will find things that you really don't like. My neighbor has his loud air conditioner on at all times-- It used to bug me-- I learned to accept it-- now it is just background noise. Another neighbor hates me because I dont trim my hedge perfectly. oh well. Life is too precious to obsess over things you can't change.
 

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We have the same situation. Our neighbour just got a new dryer and she must be throwing multiple dryer sheets into her laundry because it is oh so strong. If we aren't on top of it, the smell quickly infiltrates the house...and it affects SIX of our windows. Yikes.<br><br><br><br>
I too like the smell of fabric softener but unfortunately I read about all the horribly unhealthy chemicals in fabric softener....ooh, I'm starting to feel dizzy, itchy, short of breath...<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, after reading the rest of the posts, I realize I must give in and just shut the windows when I can. Our otherwise unpleasant neighbour will just not take very kindly to comments and would likely add even more sheets.<br><br><br><br>
And they have a new wind-chime, and the husband runs his truck for 30 minutes every morning at 4:30 AM, and they spend most of the summer on the front yard, yelling...but you are right...it could be worse. They could kill my cat.
 

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If it's only one window, you could try draping it with several layers of cheesecloth when you have it open and they have the dryer on. It should act like a filter, minimizing the smell. If you have houseplants, you might also put them near that window. They are really good at filtering odors (although, unfortunately, not immediate).
 

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We have the same situation. Our neighbour just got a new dryer and she must be throwing multiple dryer sheets into her laundry because it is oh so strong. If we aren't on top of it, the smell quickly infiltrates the house...and it affects SIX of our windows. Yikes.<br><br><br><br>
I too like the smell of fabric softener but unfortunately I read about all the horribly unhealthy chemicals in fabric softener....ooh, I'm starting to feel dizzy, itchy, short of breath...</div>
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If you can prove it's an environmental hazard (good luck), then it might be worth mentioning this to your neighbor. If you can spin it that you're bringing it up for their benefit, too, you may get a better response. ("I'm a concerned citizen who doesn't like to see anyone get sick, and I've been reading some information about fabric softner that you might find interesting, too.")<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Anyway, after reading the rest of the posts, I realize I must give in and just shut the windows when I can. Our otherwise unpleasant neighbour will just not take very kindly to comments and would likely add even more sheets.<br><br><br><br>
And they have a new wind-chime, and the husband runs his truck for 30 minutes every morning at 4:30 AM, and they spend most of the summer on the front yard, yelling...but you are right...it could be worse. They could kill my cat.</div>
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How annoying. Have you ever sat down with your neighbors and tried to start communication about the things that you do that bother them and the things they do that bother you? I haven't been overly successful with that myself, but I have tried to make it clear to my neighbors I want them to come and tell me when I'm making noise, etc., that bothers them, rather than calling the police. (That happened once.) Sometimes people respond well to being treated like mature, reasonable adults. Sometimes they don't.<br><br><br><br>
If you have a landlord or housing association, they may be helpful in more extreme situations.
 
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