According to studies, fabric softener sales have been steadily declining over the last decade. Although researchers point to many reasons for this downturn, one of the main explanations is that younger generations simply do not know what fabric softener is (or how to use it). Whether you are unsure what fabric softener is or are just curious about how to incorporate it into your regular laundry routine, we have you covered in this post on why you should use fabric softener.
What is fabric softener?
Fabric softeners come in two main forms — liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets. No matter which type of fabric softener you prefer, the purpose of fabric softener is to, well, soften your laundry. However, in addition banishing stiffness from your favorite clothing and linens, there are a few other reasons we love fabric softener. These include
- Adding a fresh scent to your laundry
- Reducing wrinkles (which reduces time spent ironing)
- Eliminating static
How (and when) to use fabric softener
Now that you know a little bit more about why you should use fabric softener, let’s get into the important part — How to use fabric softener.
Timing is everything when it comes to fabric softener. The key is to use it after the wash cycle. Otherwise, you risk leaving a residue on, or even worse, damaging your clothing. The specifics on how to use the product depends on the type of washing machine that you have.
If you have a front-loading washer, you will simply need to pour the liquid into the drawer on the front of your washing machine.
If you have a top-loading washing machine, you will most likely need to pour the softener into the dispenser located in the center of the machine. However, sometimes top-loading models do not have a dispenser. In this case, you will need to pour your fabric softener directly into the washing machine following the wash cycle (but before the rinse cycle).
When to avoid fabric softener
As wonderful as fabric softener might sound, it is important to know when not to use it.
Yes, you heard us right!
Although fabric softener has many benefits when used correctly, it can actually damage (and even ruin) certain materials. Some common materials to never use fabric softener include microfiber, synthetic fabrics, water-resistant materials, sports apparel with moisture-wicking technology, fire-resistant clothing, and other specialty materials.
When in doubt, it is always best to err on the side of caution to avoid ruining your favorite new shirt.
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