Fabric softener is meant to be released in the final rinse cycle of a washer. It makes clothes feel softer to the touch and smell better. The question I've always asked is "what's in this stuff"? I mean, everyone loves it and it smells like a warm summer breeze. I love their advertisements too. Who wouldn't want to skip along a grassy knoll with no cares in the world?
Fabric softener is meant to stay in your clothes. Your body rubs against it and absorbs it throughout the day. So, what's in this magical product?...Drum roll please....Animal fat is a main ingredient. Don't worry though, it's sterilized with ammonia! I'll spare you the gross details of more ingredients. Those of you who would like more info click HERE. The site may not be your cup off tea, but it's the best I could find for now.
I've been fixing appliances for almost 15 years now. I've seen some pretty disgusting things in my day. Fabric softener residue remains one of the top things that still grosses me out. This is a picture of a washer I saw today. Normally you see this mildew all the way across the outer tub of the washer. In this case, a large portion of the mildew must have broken off in the middle of a spin cycle. What a gross mess.
If you must use store-bought fabric softener, at least rinse out the washer every ten loads with vinegar or bleach in hot water.
For you crunchy folk, click HERE for some tips on making your own fabric softener.