If you're trying to cut expenses at the grocery store, you may wonder why you should buy and use fabric softener. After all, you wash your clothes to get them clean, not to change how the materials feel, right? Before you decided to skip the fabric softener, review these suggestions. You may decide, after reading, that fabric softeners have benefits you hadn't thought of before.
Liquid fabric softeners are oil-based products that leave a fine sheen of a wax-like substance on your clothes. Rough fibers are smoothed and feel softer. Since these fibers aren't rubbing against one another, fabric softeners can leave clothes less prone to static cling. During very dry winter days, this can keep skirts and pants from sticking to your legs when you walk, and can keep your hair from standing on end after you pull your sweaters over your head. Fabric softeners can also help clothes stay springy, so they're less likely to wrinkle in the dryer and in your drawers and closets.
Some people find the scent of fabric softeners to be a major draw. Fabric softeners can release scents over an extended period of time, meaning that sweaters you washed last winter may still smell fresh and clean when you pull them out to wear this year. Manufacturers offer many different scents to choose from, and you can choose unscented versions if the scents are too strong for your taste.
Fabric softeners also come in dryer sheet form, allowing you to toss a square into your load of laundry as it hits the dryer, rather than applying a liquid to your clothes. Dryer sheet-based fabric softeners are certainly convenient, but they may not reduce static cling as much as liquid fabric softener does, and they may not be less expensive than liquid varieties.