If you want really amazing results from your laundry, then you can always use fabric conditioner in your wash.
With the right product, you can get really great smelling, soft and clean garments, towels and other linens. Just make sure to pair it with a great detergent.
Why should you use a fabric conditioner, though?
Well, fabric softeners, conditioners and enhancers don’t just make your clothes smell great and feel soft. No, they can help out with a lot more, even if those are their main benefits.
Fabric conditioners decrease static cling, reduce wrinkling and shorten the time it takes for drying clothes. So far, so good. Yet they also help to protect colours from fading, making them a perfect companion for a liquid detergent such as Ariel Original Washing Liquid. Moreover, by using fabric softener in your laundry, you can protect your clothes from the three signs of ageing: stretching, fading and pilling.
Lastly, but definitely not least, they can help make ironing easier, which is great for you!
How does it manage all of this, though?
While fabrics are in the laundry solution, they have a negative charge on the surface. Fabric conditioners like Lenor contain positive charged surfactants. These then bond on to the fabric during the final rinse and provide a lubricating layer that feels soft to the touch.
How to use fabric conditioner?
Yet in order to get this great result, you need to add the fabric conditioner to its own fabric conditioner dispenser. That’s because this dispenser keeps the conditioner inside until close to the end of the wash.
Then, during the final rinse, water flows into the compartment and draws conditioner into the washing machine’s drum, mixing with the laundry.
For best results, you should check the fabric conditioner compartment often and clean with warm water. That way you’ll prevent the siphon that pulls out the conditioner from becoming blocked.
You should also make sure not to overfill, otherwise the conditioner may be released immediately, making it pretty much useless.
When planning to add fabric softener to your wash, you should always consider the types of fabric in your laundry. Fabric softeners have a negative effect on flame-resistant clothing, water-repellent fabric, sportswear and microfibres, and they can also reduce the absorbency of towels and other fluffy fabrics.
If you’ve made sure that there’s no clothing inside the drum that you don’t want to treat with fabric softener, then just load in the conditioner at the beginning of the wash and enjoy the benefits at the end. Alongside a great detergent, that is.
What to avoid when using fabric softener?
There are three things that you should be aware of when you’re adding fabric softener to your wash:
- Make sure that the softener does not come in to direct contact with your laundry, as it can cause serious damage to your fabrics if it’s not diluted with water.
- Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight at all times. This will stop your fabric softener from thickening.
- Always use the dosing cap to measure out the proper amount of fabric softener. Don’t forget to follow the instructions on the fabric care labels.