...not to see the point of fabric conditioner?

(69 Posts)
snickersnacker Sun 15-Sep-13 17:33:23

I have never used it, probably because my mum never did when we were growing up.

Got a free sample of Comfort Pure and tried it on a load of the baby's clothes. I understand that it's meant to make clothes feel softer but I can't feel any difference.

AIBU not to see the point of it?

OwlinaTree Sun 15-Sep-13 18:31:08

Nah I don't bother. I don't iron either.

I'm a lazy cow!

FredFredGeorge Sun 15-Sep-13 18:37:16

Ibrolas The whole point of fabric conditioner is that it isn't washed out, it remains between the fibres of the fabric resulting in lubrication of the fibres so they rub against each other less and are easier to iron etc. also the lubrication can help other stains wash away easier.

It's why you're not likely to see much difference in a single wash, as it builds up gradually over time. You shouldn't use it on any fabric that needs to breathe - e.g. sports gear that wants to allow sweat out. Cotton towels also don't get any benefit.

EduCated Sun 15-Sep-13 18:39:07

I'm allergic to it, so don't use it. I find my clothes are still nice and soft grin

Yonihadtoask Sun 15-Sep-13 18:43:47

I don't like it, find the smell overpowering. I hate walking past the laundrette, as the synthetic scent follows me.

I used to use many moons ago, but haven't for over 10 years now, and I can't say the clothes feel any worse.

We do have soft water though, so perhaps that helps.

Tumble drying softens clothes too, so if you line dry you're more likely to see a difference with fabric conditioner.

MIL bought a set of towels for us and a set for her at the same time. Hers looked an absolute tattered horrible mess within a year while mine are still going strong. It could be her washing machine I guess, but I also know she doesn't use fabric conditioner.

pianodoodle Sun 15-Sep-13 18:46:05

I'm the same I don't bother with it any more at all.

Plus I don't think towels dry you as well when they've been softened with conditioner smile

TwoMuchTwoYoung Sun 15-Sep-13 18:46:10

It stinks, that's why I don't use it.

nurseneedshelp Sun 15-Sep-13 18:47:57

I put a wash on this morning and realised I'd forgotten the lenor because ds was distracting me so I waited until the cycle had completed and re-washed it with the lenor!

I get through bottles of the stuff......

PuppyMonkey Sun 15-Sep-13 18:48:21

I definitely wouldn't use it on baby stuff - I'm allergic to anything like that so wouldn't put it near a ickle baby.

I haven't used it for two years. Tumble dryer sorts out creases.

LittleTulip Sun 15-Sep-13 19:10:47

I feel like I haven't done a proper wash if I haven't used fabric conditioner!

We stopped using it when we had dd as she seemed to react to it. In 15 months we haven't noticed any difference so I would never use it again. I don't use conditioner in my hair either after being told off by my hairdresser for using it too often, my hair is lovely and soft without it.

RaspberryRuffle Sun 15-Sep-13 19:21:02

Oh I love my fabric softener, the Lenor blue always reminds me of my mum's washing. I have another one I use too which DH has actually requested as he loves the smell of the sheets (right pair of saddos emoticon).
I usually use it on towels too as I'm not so dripping wet that the absorbency really matters. I don't use it on the skinny absorbent sports towels though or sports gear.

lastnightiwenttomanderleyagain Sun 15-Sep-13 19:26:58

We have an unscented one as I don't like to be bombarded with fragrance. That said, Thames Valley and very hard water make it an essential for us.

I agree with the towels though, I shove a load of white vinegar in in lieu of fabric softener to keep them nice and soft without affecting absorbancy.

Can't remember who asked about how it helps protect the fabric...but same principle as for your hair. Shampoo strips grease and dirt, conditioner restores the bits your hair still needs to stay strong and nice!

SilverOldie Sun 15-Sep-13 19:36:25

I've always lived in a hard water area and have never used it. I hate the smell and never had a problem with my clothes wearing out particularly quickly. I rarely if at at all iron anything either.

fluffyraggies Sun 15-Sep-13 19:42:20

Another saddo who loves it here.

Love to smell the laundry drying in the house in the winter when i cant hang it out. (no tumble dryer)

Love the big waft of it as i put clean clothes on.

HitTheNorth Mon 16-Sep-13 09:17:37

I stopped using it for a while and the clothes were noticeably less soft and more creased, so I started using it again. What put me off it initially was that it apparently contains formaldehyde, but now I've got a lovely lavender-smelling one, I've put that to the back of my mind <shallow>

VinegarDrinker Mon 16-Sep-13 09:23:15

Live in London and never used it. We line dry and don't iron either....

SarahAndFuck Mon 16-Sep-13 09:25:02

The point of it is to piss off my mother.

Any brand which is not the brand she uses is wrong. And if you use her brand, any fragrance that is not her fragrance is wrong.

To the point that she will wave her hand about in front of her face, with exaggerated gasps and chokes, while demanding to know if you use the entire bottle and wondering if you intended to smell so overpoweringly bad for a reason or if it might actually be something wrong with your nasal passages that requires the attention of a doctor.

Kaekae Mon 16-Sep-13 09:32:16

I live in a very hard water area so do need it for certain washes. I love the smell on my bed sheets. I must admit I've noticed how the prices of fabric conditioner has increased so don't buy it as often anymore, only if there is an offer on!!

VestaCurry Mon 16-Sep-13 09:40:15

I find it helps in our very hard water area. I use surcare, which is unperfumed because dh is allergic to any perfumed ones. I dilute it to more than half it's strength and find that's sufficient to be able to get most clothes straight out of the machine, and avoid ironing.

soimpressed Mon 16-Sep-13 09:40:40

We are in a very hard water area but I stopped using it because it's not good for people with sensitive skin or eczema. My washing is fine and it saves money.

Do you put the white vinegar in the fabric conditioner drawer?

LisaMedicus Mon 16-Sep-13 09:52:03

soimpressed I bung a glug of white vinegar in the fabric conditioner drawer (scientific measurement there). I sometimes smell the vinegar when the wash is on, but never while wearing. Apparently you can add essential oils. I don't bother.

I get my white vinegar for @ £3.00 for a five litre container, so saves pennies, and I notice the difference.

Fabric conditioner can also be anti bacterial, I used it when ds was tiny. On the other hand, white vinegar isn't exactly bacteria friendly and most soap powders will sort it out at 60 degrees (apparently - advice I was given with cloth nappies).

OTheHugeManatee Mon 16-Sep-13 11:31:46

We live in a hard water area and without fabric softener our towels come out like planks grin

Nancy66 Mon 16-Sep-13 11:33:19

I also live in a hard water area and use it but not convinced it makes any difference.

SueDoku Mon 16-Sep-13 13:35:27

When my DD was a baby she had bad eczema and the doctor treating her told me to never use fabric conditioner as it is one of the things that a lot of people are allergic to. I stopped then and have never used it since (and yes, her eczema cleared up in a couple of weeks).
Over the years, I reckon that doctor's advice has saved me hundreds of pounds.... grin

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