Soft and unstuck clothes are everyone’s favourite but the type of washer and dryer has a huge impact with only a few choices available. Both liquid conditioner and sheets has their benefits and shortfalls depending on how you use them and the most preferred type per the cloth. Personal preference also matters but only by understanding the characteristics of the softener can one realise the true potential. This includes purpose, cost and effect on material that has been laundered.
Liquid fabric conditioner: Use, types & purpose
Liquid cloth softener was first produced in the 1960s and especially designed for machine wash. The more frequently clothes are washed, rough and uneven they become that’s also irritating to the skin. They also generate more static charge thus more tangled. The very first conditioner was made from lubricating substances left behind on the fabric after running in the machine.
Di-alkyl quaternary softening agents containing fatty chains and amino acids worked into oil are used. During the rinse cycle, the ingredients become active and eventually releasing a pleasurable smell as well as give fluffiness to the material. It’s added either before the rinse cycle or at the beginning of the wash load depending on the type of washing machine that is; front or top loading.
Most of these machines today come with a cloth softener dispenser in which you can easily add the conditioner while a ball is also used. All you need is to pour the content into the ball, throw it in the machine with clothes and detergent. Lest both are unavailable, the best trick is adding the softener during final rinse however don’t apply directly to the clothes.
Fabric softener come in both; liquid form or as dryer sheets which are placed in the dryer. Many different types are available in the market today but the ones labelled “green” are made from eco-friendly and safe-to-use chemicals. When added to the laundry, it reduces the negative charge or static electricity spread by detergent. A thin and fine layer of fibre is also coated after application which makes clothes soft, fluffy and smells fresh.
Also known as dryer sheets containing Stearic Acid and other chemicals that melt in the dryer while coat a layer of acid over the clothes, softener sheets are placed right along the laundry. Purpose is same as that of conditioner; reduce negative charge and soften the material. These coated clothes when come in contact with one another don’t cling to each other or cause friction and have a comfortable feel when worn.
Still, people with various skin allergies should avoid dryer sheets for Stearic Acid and other chemicals may be harmful. As far as liquid softeners are concerned, excess use make towels less absorbent and the particular fragrance might flare-up skin allergies so must be used carefully.
Both liquid conditioners and sheets are essential for smooth fabric that smells good as well so if you haven’t used one, try today and see the difference!