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Is Fabric softener necessary?

Reduces static cling in synthetic fabrics Originally, the only purpose for using fabric softener was to reduce static cling in synthetic fabrics. It isn't required at all when washing natural fabrics

How fabric softener works

Fabric softener (also called Fabric conditioner) works by coating the surface of the cloth fibres with a thin layer of chemicals; these chemicals have lubricant properties and are electrically conductive. Making fibres feel smoother and preventing build-up of static electricity in synthetic fabrics. Depending on the brand of fabric softener, it can be added at the beginning of the wash cycle at the same time as the detergent - or is separately dispensed from the soap drawer during the final rinse cycle. The disadvantage The disadvantage of coating natural fibres by a chemical layer is in decreasing the water absorption properties of the fabric, which may be undesirable in towels. Most good quality all-cotton towels do not require to be treated with fabric softener; with repeated washing and drying they become softer naturally. Allergic reaction Adults and children with sensitive skin may have problems using fabric softener; an allergic reaction could be due to the ingredients giving the fabric softener its fresh scent. Also, see our guide to: How to clean a smelly washing machine
Softener
Fabric Softener
Soap Drawer Fabric softener dispenser
All content © 1999 - 2020 Penny Lane Domestic Appliances. - Brand logos and images for informational purposes only.

Is fabric softener

necessary?

Reduces static cling in synthetic fabrics Originally, the only purpose for using fabric softener was to reduce static cling in synthetic fabrics. It isn't required at all when washing natural fabrics

How fabric softener

works

Fabric softener (also called Fabric conditioner) works by coating the surface of the cloth fibres with a thin layer of chemicals; these chemicals have lubricant properties and are electrically conductive. Making fibres feel smoother and preventing build-up of static electricity in synthetic fabrics. Depending on the brand of fabric softener, it can be added at the beginning of the wash cycle at the same time as the detergent - or is separately dispensed from the soap drawer during the final rinse cycle. The disadvantage The disadvantage of coating natural fibres by a chemical layer is in decreasing the water absorption properties of the fabric, which may be undesirable in towels. Most good quality all-cotton towels do not require to be treated with fabric softener; with repeated washing and drying they become softer naturally. Allergic reaction Adults and children with sensitive skin may have problems using fabric softener; an allergic reaction could be due to the ingredients giving the fabric softener its fresh scent. Also, see our guide to: How to clean a smelly washing machine
Soap Drawer Fabric softener dispenser
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Fabric Softener