Where Do I Put Fabric Softener in My Washing Machine?

Who hasn’t asked this question? Even if you have a confident understanding of how to use laundry detergent, how much to use, and where to put it, you may still find yourself wondering where to put fabric softener.

In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of deciding where to put fabric softener and other washing products in your washing machine. It is always a good idea to refer to the manufacturer’s manual but here are some general guidelines to get you started:

1. Determine the type of washing machine you have. Is it top loading or front loading?

2. Next up, you need to add your usual detergent to the wash!

3. Now it's time to add the fabric conditioner

Front loading machine
Slide open the drawer. Inside you should see a small bucket - this is for the fabric conditioner (the larger bucket is for detergent) and if there is a third, it is meant for a pre-wash product.

Top loading machine
Measure and pour the fabric conditioner directly into the drum of the machine as it is filling with water, or down the centre of the detergent drawer if there is one. Do not add the detergent or softener to the top of the load.

4. Add your load of clothing, and firmly close the lid or door. Select your preferred washing cycle, temperature, and spin and press start!

Hopefully you now have a clear answer to where to put fabric softener in washing machines of all kinds.

For further instructions, take a look at the video below.