How Line-Dried Laundry Gets That Fresh Smell



This is what happens when atmospheric chemists hang towels on drying racks around their chemistry building.People have written poems about it. It has been imitated by candles and air fresheners. At least one person has even fought in court for the right to produce it naturally. It’s the smell of line-dried laundry. Some atmospheric chemists like that scent, too. In a paper published this year in Environmental Chemistry, researchers examined line-dried towels at the molecular level, to try to pinpoint the source of their specific fragrance.


  • New York Times

    Cara Giaimo, 2 pages, permanent

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