7 Surprising Ways to Use Fabric Softener Around the House

by Simplify

Most of us can appreciate the sweet smell and soft feel that fabric softener gives to our laundry, but did you know that this humble, easily overlooked household item can be used for much more than just laundry? We do!

Fabric softener can be a versatile and handy tool to have around the house for a variety of purposes. In this blog post, we'll explore 7 unexpected ways people can use fabric softener around the house.

Fabric softener can be a versatile and handy tool to have around the house for a variety of purposes. In this blog post, we'll explore 7 unexpected ways people can use fabric softener around the house.

1. Make cleaning stainless steel a breeze

Cleaning stainless steel can be a pain, especially when it seems like every smudge or fingerprint shows up. But with fabric softener, it's easy to get your stainless steel surfaces looking shiny and new. Mix a small amount of fabric softener with warm water, then use a microfiber cloth to wipe down your stainless steel appliances or fixtures. The fabric softener will help to repel dust and fingerprints, making it easier to keep your stainless steel looking clean and shiny.

Fabric softener: It works great on stainless steel!

2. Deodorize shoes

If your shoes are starting to smell less than fresh, fabric softener can help. Soak a cloth in fabric softener and stuff it into your shoes overnight. The fabric softener will absorb the odor, leaving your shoes smelling fresh and clean.

3. Clean blinds

Blinds can be tricky to clean, but fabric softener can make the job a lot easier. Mix a small amount of fabric softener with warm water, then dip a cloth into the solution and wring it out. Use the cloth to wipe down your blinds, removing dust and leaving a fresh scent behind.

Using some fabric softener on a warm, wet microfiber cloth is a great way to clean your blinds easily.

4. Make homemade air freshener

If you love the smell of fabric softener, you can use it to make your own homemade air freshener. Mix a small amount of fabric softener with water in a spray bottle, then spray it around your home for a fresh and inviting scent.

5. Keep your car smelling fresh

If your car has developed an unpleasant odor, fabric softener can come to the rescue. Fill a small muslin bag or a sock with a few tablespoons of fabric softener beads, and place it under your car seat or in your trunk. The fabric softener will help absorb any unwanted smells and keep your car smelling fresh and clean. Just be sure to replace the fabric softener beads every few weeks to keep the scent strong.

6. Remove pet hair

If you have pets, you know how difficult it can be to remove pet hair from your furniture, carpets, and even clothes. But fabric softener can help! Mix fabric softener with water and spray the solution onto the areas with pet hair. Let it sit for a few minutes, then use a lint roller or a brush to remove the hair easily.

Have cat hair all over your pants? No problem!

7. Cleaning the toilet

Cleaning your toilet bowl can be a dirty and unpleasant task, but fabric softener can make it a little less daunting. Pour a small amount of fabric softener into your toilet bowl, then use a scrub brush to clean the bowl as you normally would. The fabric softener will help to loosen grime and stains, making them easier to scrub away. Plus, it will leave your bathroom smelling fresh and clean.

Final thoughts

Fabric softener is a handy tool that can be used in many unexpected ways around the house. From removing soap scum to deodorizing shoes, cleaning blinds to removing pet hair, and making homemade air freshener, fabric softener can help you tackle a variety of household tasks. So next time you're doing laundry, don't forget about the many other uses of fabric softener!

Fabric softener: Your next favorite household hack!

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  • Sha48887219 Sha48887219 on Nov 29, 2023

    Please all the people who use fabric softeners and dryer sheets read about them and become aware of what is actually in them that is harming your health, compromising your children's health, as well as your pet's health, causing problems now or in later years. Also, think of your neighbours and wildlife that are exposed to your toxic dryer fumes from these chemical products you are using. We all need to become responsible for what we use and to change what we can for a healthier lifestyle.

    Leave these products on the store shelves. If nobody buys them then the companies will have to start providing healthier alternatives. WE do have power as a consumer. Please use this power wisely! For you and your family's health, and for our environment's health, choose non-toxic products.

    Here are just a few of the articles that can be easily found online. Please inform yourselves about these products.

    ........"Like “fragrance,” the terms “preservatives” and “colors” or “colorants” on an ingredient label may refer to any number of chemicals. The most worrisome preservatives in fabric softeners include the potent skin allergen methylisothiazolinone, and glutaral, known to trigger asthma and skin allergies."

    "Is it harmful to use fabric softener?

    Almost all fabric softeners and dryer sheets contain chemicals classified under federal law as carcinogenic, toxic, and hazardous to personal and environmental health including benzyl acetate (linked to pancreatic cancer), benzyl alcohol (an upper respiratory tract irritant), ethanol (linked to central nervous system ..."

    "https://www.consumerreports.org/appliances/laundry/why-fabric-softener-is-bad-for-your-laundry-a5931009251/" ..........

    There are may alternatives that can be used instead of these toxic products. Someone in the comments mentioned hair conditioner, which is a better alternative surely. Look up other alternatives.

    Be part of the change for a healthier lifestyle!

  • Cj Cj on Dec 04, 2023

    The only time we use fabric softener sheets is by placing them under the wipers and in every door handle when we are away from our vehicle to repel bears.