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Fall in Love With Your Clothes

Updated on April 6, 2016

Save Money on your Clothing Budget by Loving the Clothes you Already Own

There is a reason why we buy most of our clothes. Usually it is because we fell in love with them at the store and wanted to bring them home. Sometimes we fall out of love with those same clothes after a few washings.

One reason we may not love our clothes as much a few washings later is because they have stretched, faded, or don’t feel as soft as they did when we purchased them. If this is happening to you it may be because you are not using the right fabric softener.

Fabric softener or fabric conditioners provide scent, softness, static reduction and protection to fabrics. Liquid fabric conditioners protect fabrics from stretching, fading and fuzz. Liquid fabric softeners infuse fabrics to combat static cling and reduce wrinkles. Clothing washed with liquid fabric softener is much easier to iron than clothing washed with detergent alone.

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A Consumer Reports study found that liquid fabric softeners were much better at softening clothing than dryer sheets. The same report also debunked the claim that liquid fabric softeners reduce the absorbency rate of towels. You can read the report here.

One of my favorite things about using fabric softener is the variety of scents that they now come in. If scented clothing is not for you, there are plenty of scent-free options out there.

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Here are a few of the best liquid fabric softeners available:

1. Downy Ultra Infusions Liquid Fabric Softener. My personal favorite scent is the Cashmere Glow but there are many scents to choose from. I love how my clothes smell fresh and scented long after they come out of the dryer.

2. Gain Ultra Moonlight Breeze Liquid Fabric Softener. All of the Gain fabric softeners work great! This particular scent is to die for!

3. Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Fabric Softener. There are a variety of scents in this brand too. Lavender is my favorite, next is Bluebell.

4. The Laundress Fabric Conditioner in Classic scent. This is the luxury brand of fabric softeners. Classic scent combines lily of the valley and jasmine with sweet musk, sandalwood, and a touch of citrus.

Some Scent-Free Alternatives

For a scent-free alternative try

1. Seventh Generation Fabric Softener, Free and Clear. Leaves clothes soft and static free.

2. Downy Ultra Liquid Fabric Softener, Free & Sensitive

How To Use Fabric Softener

It depends on what time of washing machine you own. Each type has a different way of dispensing the liquid.

For HE Front-Loading Machines:

All HE front-loading washers have a built-in automatic dispenser. You can add fabric softener into the designated area when you add your laundry detergent.

For machines with an automatic dispenser:

Measure the correct amount of fabric softener and pour it into the dispenser, usually a cup-like device in the central column of the machine.

For Machines without an Automatic Dispenser add it manually:

Add fabric softener during the rinse cycle. Avoid direct contact with fabrics and pour the liquid into areas with deeper pockets of water.

If you aren't already using fabric softener go ahead and give it a try! Are you already a fabric softener user? Tell me what you think in the comments below.

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