Should You Use Fabric Softner?


It is time to do the laundry and after you have sorted and loaded the washer, it comes time to load the soap. The very last thing is to add the fabric softner. I mean, you want the clothes to smell nice and be static free, right? Except it may not be the best thing depending on what you have in that load.

Turn the bottle around and read the back label to find a warning. Fabric softners should not be used with any child’s clothing because it reduces the effectiveness of the fire retardant in the material. It should never be used with bedding for the same reason. Fire retardant is specifically put in those items in case you are asleep when a fire breaks out, this gives you extra time to make it out safely.

Fabric softner should not be used with any items made of terry cloth or fleece because it will increase the flammability of that item.

This is not brand specific! I have yet to find a liquid fabric softner that does not have this warning on the back. However, as people have become more aware of the products they use, companies are trying to make products with fewer chemicles so keep an eye out in the future for “natural” brands to prevent this from happening.

In the meantime there are natural options that you can try. Adding 1/2c of baking soda to the wash or 1c of white vinegar to the wash are two old techniques.

I hope I helped you today!


About keepingiteasyandsimple

I have been married for 20 years and have 3 children. My oldest is 20 and currently in the National Guard. My daughters are 15 and 11 and involved in everything. I believe life is difficult enough, that we can find ways to make the everyday just a little easier and perhaps even more simple. I love to cook, shop and make things with the kids.

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