I purchased this as other 'sunshine' scented laundry products are quiet pleasant, and I wanted to do a big spring clean of all my linen, bedding etc. When I opened the box it smelled just awful, not fresh or floral or anything - just like chemicals and quite sickly. I did a few loads and it did wash them ok, and the smell came off the laundry when they dried on the line. Every time I went into the laundry or even the hallway near the laundry, the awful smell was still there. So, I solved the problem by putting the remaining powder in a sealed plastic box. I won't buy it again solely based on the smell.