The Truth About Fabric Softener

The Truth About Fabric Softener

Get the definitive answers on classic beliefs about softeners.

Ever wondered whether there was any truth to those old fabric softener sayings and beliefs? Get the straight facts and get to know Downy just a little bit better.

Belief #1: Liquid Downy may stain clothes.

True. Most fabric softeners run a small risk of staining.  To help prevent staining, avoid pouring liquid Downy directly on fabrics, as it’s usually direct contact that causes spotting or staining. Instead, use the automatic dispenser in your washer.  If you don’t have one, simply add your fabric softener to the rinse cylce or use the Downy Ball, our automatic dispenser.

Belief #2: Downy makes towels less absorbent.

True. When Downy is infused into fabrics, it reduces their ability to absorb to a small degree. However, this difference on absorbency is subtle when compared to the experience you get when drying off with a soft, fresh towel just washed in Downy.  Try for yourself, and we think you’ll agree.

Belief #3: Downy is hard on your dryer.

False. Downy is specially designed to absorb into your fabrics, not the inside of your dryer. Regardless of whether you use Downy, always remember to follow the instructions from your dryer manufacturer and clean your lint filter regularly.

Belief #4: Liquid Downy is a hassle to use.

False. In this day and age, using liquid Downy is easy. Many front-loading and top-loading washers come equipped with an automatic dispenser, so you can pour your liquid Downy in at the same time as your detergent. If you have a top-loading machine without a dispenser, we recommend using the Downy Ball, our dispenser that releases automatically during the rinse cycle. It’s softness made simple!


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