Here's my problem put simply: Now that I am on a fixed income (can't buy new washing machine) and wash practically all of our clothes in cold water (to save money), I am finding that Downey liquid softener gunks up the softener holder and picks up any excess lint, hair, etc. Tried only using dryer sheets, but my husband says his clothes don't smell fresh and I have heard it isn't good for the dryer. (P.S. I have been using powder but it doesn't seem to matter - does the same when I use liquid Tide). Can anyone help? I'm so sick of thoroughly cleaning the gunk out of the softener cup - is there another solution that will get his clothes fresh? You would seem that I would know by now how to do laundry, but am only running into this the past few years. My washer is about 10 yrs. old and is a Whirlpool top-loading Ultimate Care.