Tips To Make Fabric Softeners Keep Your Clothes Softer

Tips To Make Fabric Softeners Keep Your Clothes Softer

When you better understand the nature of fabric softeners, you will see that using them the right way, even in a small quantity, can make a big difference to how your clothes feel.


Most people think that simply pouring a sufficient quantity of fabric softener on your clothes in the washing machine will do the trick. However, the truth is far from it. Not using fabric softeners the right way means you don’t get the most out of them.

So let’s tackle some very pertinent aspects with regards to the concept and use of fabric softeners.

Why use a fabric softener in the first place?

Fabric softeners, also known as fabric conditioners, infuse your clothes with a fresh scent and make them soft. They also protect your clothes from wear and tear, minimize static, help fabric dry quicker and make clothes easier to iron. Need more reasons?

How to use fabric softener:

Step 1: In most washing machines, the fabric softener must be added to a part of the drawer where you add detergent and bleach. Be mindful of the fact that the location of the fabric softener section can vary between machines, so do check your washing machine’s manual.

Step 2: Fabric softeners are in liquid form and generally are accompanied by a measuring cup. Fill the cup as per the instructions on the bottle and then adjust the amount of fabric softener you use according to the size of the load.

Step 3: Now pour the fabric softener from the cup into the relevant drawer and your machine will add the softener into the wash during the rinse cycle.

Precautions:

Do not pour coloured liquid fabric softener directly onto your clothes as the colouring agent can stain any light-coloured garments. We all hate that feeling of a pristine white piece of clothing returning from a wash looking like it’s evil twin brother; there’s a resemblance to what it used to be but the staining has made it different forever. And not in a good way!

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Materials you shouldn’t use fabric softener on:

Though fabric softeners are great at softening fibres, reducing static and adding fragrance to your laundry, using it on certain materials can have a completely negative effect on the fibres. If you care for the well being of your clothes, and we’re sure you do, then you must avoid using fabric softeners with the following types of clothing, at all costs:

1. Microfiber

Microfiber, owing to its intricate fibres, has the ability to trap dust and absorb spills. However, if you use fabric softener on it you could end up destroying the effectiveness and durability of its fibres.

2. Athletic Sportswear

Most athletic wear have wicking technology that enables them to absorb sweat and keep you cool during the work out. Using fabric softener on these garments leaves a coating that drastically weakens wicking.

3. Flame-Retardant Clothing

Washing flame-resistant clothing like pyjamas and nightgowns with fabric softener makes them more flammable, which is a strict no-no.

4. Towels

Fabric softener reduces the absorption factor of towels rendering them useless.

So, now that you’re equipped with all relevant trivia and information about fabric softeners, we’re confident that you will be able to work with them rather than them work against you.

Happy Washing! 

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