As the name implies, fabric softener is used as a laundry softener! It’s used after washing laundry with detergent, a sort of a final touch to ensure that all your clothes smell extra fresh and aren’t left wrinkled. That’s a given, but did you know that it has many other lesser known uses? Read on to find out more:
1. For cleaning.
Fabric softener sheets or dryer sheets can double as dust cloths since they are very effective in attracting dust particles – perfect for home appliances and furniture. You can also use them to collect fallen pet fur and human hair around the house, or on your sweaters and clothes. Make sure that you use used, dry sheets for this purpose.
If you only have liquid fabric softener, try out this solution: 1 part fabric softener and 4 parts water. Wet a clean cloth with this mixture, wring it so it doesn’t drip, and use this cloth to wipe down surfaces like tabletops and kitchen counters. If you are using this technique on appliances and electronics, be very careful to avoid water dripping into the electrical wirings. Also remember to wipe the surface dry with another piece of clean, dry cloth.
You can use liquid fabric softener as a window and mirror cleaner. Just combine 3 cupfuls with a gallon of warm water and use a sponge to wipe this solution on your dirty mirrors and windows. Afterwards, make sure that you thoroughly dry your mirror and window with a lint-free cloth.
It’s a good idea to store fabric softener in a dispenser bottle. Use this to squirt fabric softener solution to places that need cleaning up.
2. As an insect repellent.
Ants, bees and other insects are repelled by fabric softener, so place a fabric softener sheet in the places they frequent.
3. As a deodorizer.
Fabric softeners work as deodorizer not just for just-cleaned sheets and laundry, but for the clothes in your closet, for your shoes, and for your pets, too! For these purposes, use a fabric softener sheet or even dryer balls and keep them in the places you want to keep smelling fresh and clean. In the case of shoes, slip one into the soles whenever you’re not using them; for your pets, wipe their fur with the sheet right after they take a bath. You may want to consult your vet to find out if they may be allergic to fabric softener sheets. Another great idea is to keep these fabric sheets in obscure places within your office cubicle; this will help you combat stale office smells and help make working a more enjoyable and pleasant experience for you.
4. As a paintbrush softener.
After using your paintbrushes, wash them thoroughly; at the last rinse, put in a drop or two of liquid fabric softener to about a pail of water, and immerse your paint brush in this solution. Remember to later wipe them dry and store properly.
5. As a grime buster.
If your cooking pots and pans have burned-on grime, take this easy and effective shortcut: fill it up with water and add about a capful of liquid fabric softener. Let this solution sit for about an hour; you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how the grime will easily be wiped away after that.
6. As a hair conditioner.
Try diluting a bit of fabric conditioner with water and apply to your shampooed hair using a comb dipped in the solution. Rinse your hair afterwards. Remember, don’t use too much fabric conditioner; take some time to experiment to find the best amount of fabric conditioner for you.
There you have it! Who knew fabric softeners could be used for so many other purposes? Here’s to a cleaner and more fragrant life!