Using a fabric softener in the final rinse cycle is
a terrific way to get your clothes, sheets and towels to come through
the laundry feeling soft and fresh. But, few people realize that the
right fabric softener can do so much more than that. Over time, many
fabrics can fade in color, or lose the intensity of their whiteness. A
good fabric softener will brighten both your white and colored items,
keeping your clothing looking new for a long time to come.
A quality fabric softener works hard to keep you looking neat and
fresh. The appearance of most beautiful and fashionable outfit can be
spoiled by messy lint and annoying static cling. But, simply adding fabric
softener during the final rinse cycle of your wash helps to keep clothes
from attracting lint or developing static cling. In addition, fabric
softener will leave your clothes easier to iron, so your outfits will
always show you at your well-groomed best.
Being Soft on the Earth
In addition to caring for your laundry, a good fabric softener should
care for our planet. Be sure to choose a concentrated formula that
creates less waste and that will last you up to 3 times longer than a
conventional softener. The container should be a material recyclable in
almost all communities, such as HDPE 2 plastic. Read the ingredients
carefully to be sure that your fabric softener does not contain any chlorine
or phosphates, which would contaminate our soil and water.
Hand Washing with Fabric Softener
Most people are familiar with the use of fabric softener in the washing
machine, which is added in the final rinse cycle. But, you also reap
all the benefits of fabric softener when you hand wash your delicate
items. Simply add 2 teaspoons to the water you use to rinse your hand
washables. Fabric softener should never be poured directly on fabrics,
whether you are hand or machine washing.
Avoiding a “Shocking” Experience
Most of us have had the unpleasant experience of getting painful shocks
in the winter after walking across the carpet and then touching just
about anything. When we heat our homes to stay warm during the colder
months of the year, moisture is removed from the air, creating a
condition of low humidity. This causes the buildup of static electricity we
often find in our carpets. To remedy the situation, try mixing a
solution of 5 parts water to 1 part fabric softener. Pour into a spray
bottle and lightly spray all carpets in your house. You’ll find winter
takes on a softer touch.
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