The general virtues of fabric softener (also known as fabric conditioner) are well known: they infuse your clothes with a fresh scent and – as the name suggests – they make your clothes soft. They also protect your clothes from wear and tear and reduce static cling.
Of course, knowing when and how to use fabric softener isn’t always so simple. So, from how to use fabric softener to questions like: ‘does fabric conditioner clean clothes?’ – We’ve got the ultimate guide to getting the best out of your fabric softener, including when you should avoid using it!
When do you use fabric softener? The 3 key things you need to know
- The location of the fabric softener. In most washing machines, fabric softener should be added to a part of the drawer where you add detergent and bleach – the location of the fabric softener section can vary between machines, so be sure to check your washing machine’s manual.
- Use the measuring cup. Most fabric softeners are in liquid form and generally come with a measuring cup. It's very important that you don't use too much - it may make your clothes starchy or stained and is a waste of product.
- The amount of fabric conditioner. Fill the cup according to the instructions on the label of the bottle: adjust the amount of fabric conditioner you use according to the size of the load. Pour the fabric softener from the cup into the relevant drawer, and the machine will add the softener into the wash during the rinse cycle.
The DOS and DONT’S when using fabric softener
- Don’t let fabric softener come directly into contact with clothes as it will stain and spot them.
- Don’t use more than the recommended amount – it could damage the quality of your clothes (and make them dirtier – not cleaner!)
- Don't use fabric softener on some types of materials – like the ones designed to absorb sweat, e.g. sportswear.
- Do use fabric softener to keep towels soft! Just follow the directions on the label and you will have soft and fluffy towels.
- Don't use fabric softener every time you wash your towels. Fabric softeners can reduce the absorbency of towels so to keep them fluffy and absorbent at the same time you should only use fabric softener in every other wash.
- Quantity. Read the instructions to find out how much to use in the machine
- Frequency. Use fabric softener to soften towels, but not in every wash
- Fabric care. Avoid spilling fabric softener on clothes – it will stain!