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?
- 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.
- Most fabric softeners are in liquid form and generally come with a measuring cup.
- 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.
What to Avoid 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!)
- Avoid using fabric softener on materials that are designed to absorb sweat, e.g. sportswear.