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Softeners and pre-treaters in the laundry

Fabric softeners can leave clothes and towels feeling amazing, but if you’re not careful, they can weaken fibers and cause laundry to fade and tear. We’ve compiled our top tips on using these types of products to get the best results.

1. Choose all-natural products.

Fabric softeners and pre-treaters work by covering your laundry in a thin layer of chemicals, such as benzyl acetate, chloroform, ethanol, dimethyl sulfate, isopropyl alcohol, and pentane (Source). These ingredients contain properties that make your clothes feel smooth and silky. They also eliminate static electricity. Fabric softeners stay on the fabric for a long time, and are easily absorbed into our skin.

For a healthier option for the whole family, try natural fabric softeners, such as the range available from Living Green. These softeners contain natural ingredients that are biodegradable and won’t cause respiratory problems, nausea, skin allergies, or have links to more serious health problems.

2. Check items first

Before using fabric softener, check that your clothing is machine-washable and suitable for the product. You’ll find that information on the clothing care instructions. Omo has a handy guide to laundry symbols on clothing labels to help you figure it out.

3. Follow instructions carefully

Make sure you read the instructions for your fabric softener and follow them exactly. Most softeners will be added to the inlet where you add the detergent, although sometimes it has a separate compartment.

Don’t pour fabric softener directly onto your clothes, especially if you haven’t opted for a gentler all-natural brand.

If you’re careful and sensible with the use of fabric softener, it will give you lovely, soft clothing to wear. Check out the Living Green laundry selection today.

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