Which clothes can I wash with fabric softener and which cannot?

If you are one of those who wants all your clothes to have a soft touch and a pleasant smell and you use the fabric softener in all your laundry, you should know that this product is not suitable for all fabrics.

Softeners are made up of substances that, in addition to perfuming clothes, improve the softness and finish of cotton, linen or hemp fabrics. However, they have a more limited effect on other natural fibers such as wool or cashmere and they hardly act on synthetic fibers, such as polyamide or polyester. Taking into account that most of the garments are a mixture of fibers, the softening effect in our clothes is quite limited.

However, softeners have their positive side, such as eliminating the static electricity from clothes, make them easier to iron (reduces ironing time by 10-15%) or extend the life of some clothes, among other benefits.

Therefore, if you want to use it and once its effect is known, we will try to explain in practice those garments in which its use is not recommended:

  • Sportswear: the fabric softener clogs the structure between the fibers and does not allow it to perspire well, making it less resistant to bad odors.
  • Wool: by applying fabric softener to wool fabrics, we reduce their natural ability to regulate humidity and body temperature.
  • Raincoats: the raincoat or snow coat also loses its properties if we use fabric softener, since this damages the water-resistant layer and causes the garment to lose all its properties to isolate from water and humidity.
  • Swimsuits: if you apply softener on these fabrics, the only thing you will get is that they give of themselves.
  • Towels and rags: when washing towels with fabric softener, they lose their absorption capacity and will therefore dry worse. The same is true for microfiber cloths and rags. The best softeners are the ones that reduce absorption the most, reaching 30%.
These are the reasons why you should wash new clothes before wearing them

Some advices

We must not exceed the recommended amount, since not only will we not enhance the result, but we can also achieve the opposite effect staining clothes and increasing the environmental impact by using more quantity of product.

It is also important that we break the false myth that substances used to soften have harmful dermatological effects on health. Only some substances that they use to create perfumes can trigger allergies in sensitive people.

After reading this article you can draw your own conclusions when it comes to whether or not to use the fabric softener. In the event that you decide to stop doing it, we remind you that there are natural remedies to soften clothes such as vinegar. To do this, you simply have to add a jet of cleaning vinegar to the fabric softener box. If when you take your clothes out of the washing machine, it has a slight vinegar smell, don’t worry, because it will disappear when it dries.