The Perfect Guide to Get the Softest Fabric Possible: How to Use Fabric Softener in the Wash
Using fabric softener in the wash is an easy and effective way to keep clothes looking and smelling their best. While the instructions vary slightly depending on if you’re using a washing machine product or a dryer product, following some basic steps can ensure the best results when using fabric softener.
When using a washing machine product, first measure the liquid fabric softener based on the size of the load – large loads require a higher amount than smaller loads. For a top-loading washer, pour the softener directly into the rinse water as it begins to fill, while for a front-loading machine, add the fabric conditioner to the rinse container. Then complete the wash cycle with the fabric softener and water.
For dryer-based product, wait to add until after the wash and then dryer sheets are placed on top of the load in the dryer. The quantity of dryer sheets used should be based on the size of the load, generally one sheet for a medium load and two sheets for a larger load. You can also opt for wool dryer balls, which also help with static cling and dryer time.
If you’re opting for hand-washing, add one tablespoon of fabric softener to a sink full of water and then submerge the clothing and squeeze the softener and water through them, ensuring a thorough rinse. Alternatively, with steam-activated washers, place a dryer sheet inside the machine while steam is being generated.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind when using fabric softener. Don’t pour colored fabric softener directly onto clothes, as the coloring agent may stain light-colored garments. Also, those with skin allergies or sensitivities should be careful when using heavily scented products. Additionally, every few loads when using dryer sheets be sure to brush your dryer’s lint trap, and then wash it in hot, soapy water once a month to prevent build-up of the drying agent.
Follow these best practices when using fabric softener and you’ll have fresh, soft and static free clothes with the added bonus of a delightful scent.