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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabric_softener

A fabric softener is a chemical compound that is typically applied to laundry during the rinse ... Even diluted fabric softener can cause spotting when poured directly onto clothes, and can ruin them. ... Some work better on cellulose-based fibers (i.e., cotton), others have higher affinity to hydrophobic materials like nylon,  ...

home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-hints-tips/cleaning-organizing/question677.htm

The Downy fabric-softener ball has to be one of the simplest inventions ever. The ball is a self-contained timing device, meaning that you don't have to wait for ...

home.howstuffworks.com/dryer-sheets.htm

When clothes are tumbling together in the dryer, they can become stuck together through static electricity. But fabric softeners -- dryer sheets, in particular -- can ...

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Check out this page and learn about laundry static and fabric softening. ... all dryer sheets have to do is balance the electrons with ions, particles with a positive charge. And as we learned in the previous section, fabric softeners are cationic, or positively ... Unique Silk Physics Keeps Dangling Spiders From Twisting Wildly ...

wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-do-dryer-sheets-prevent-static-cling

Mar 2, 2015 ... Others use dryer sheets to clean dead bugs off their car bumper, since the fabric softener in the dryer sheet can assist in cleaning.

willtownes.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/physics-of-the-washing-machine

Dec 3, 2009 ... My roommate told me it was for fabric softener, and that the cone holds the ... And the horizontal component of the normal force equals the ...

www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/02/how-anti-static-dryer-sheets-work

Feb 18, 2011 ... Today I found out how anti-static dryer sheets work. ... Because fabric softeners are typically naturally positively charged and provide a ... However, when the bond is broken, certain atoms will keep more electrons than they ...

www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2011/11/dont-get-slimed-skip-fabric-softener

Nov 1, 2011 ... How do fabric softeners work? Manufacturers market liquid or dry crystal fabric softeners for washing machine rinse cycles and dryer sheets for ...

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He says static builds up when fabrics rub together and exchange electrons. ... The static electricity that's generated can be as much as 12,000 volts. And this ...

www.school-for-champions.com/science/static_cling.htm

Jun 25, 2013 ... Explanation of the physics of controlling static cling. ... How do you stop static cling when drying clothes? ... One common method to reduce or eliminate static cling on clothes is to use fabric softener in the ... Try some natural methods to reduce static cling in the wash and dry process to verify they work.