Could Fabric Softener be damaging your clothes?
Fabric conditioner (or softener) is designed to eliminate static electricty and make clothes softer to the touch. They also impart a fragrance. They work by leaving small amounts of chemicals on the surface of the garments. But do you actually need to use it? Is it worth the extra expense? Here are some of the arguments against using it:
1. It can accumulate in washing machines, providing a breeding ground for bacteria, resulting in odours.
2. It clogs the fibres of towelling products, making them stiffer over time
3. They are heavily fragranced - one of the biggest causes of skin irritation.
This could be why sales of fabric are on the decline. This is partly because increasing number of people are concerned about the number of chemicals being used in the home and the possible effects on the body. Breast Cancer UK has launched a campaign called 'Ditch the Junk' to make people aware of the chemicals we are using and how they could be contributing to conditions like cancer.
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The laundry aisle is increasingly full of artificial HEAVILY SCENTED laundry products. There is an alternative!
The alternative to fabric conditioner
Another reason clothes like towels can feel hard is residual elements from hard water that can be left if the water hasn't been softened sufficiently. Soda Crystals soften water in the main wash. White Vinegar can then be used in place of fabric conditioner. It removes static electricity but also helps remove any residual minerals and helps keep the washing machine clean too. It can also help keep your colours vibrant by helping prevent pigment dyes bleeding.
You can add a couple of drops of essential oil if you do want a fragrance.