Every piece of cloth deserves and needs some love, affection, and a touch of fabric softener. And we will give them all of that. In order for us to do so, we should first know how to do that properly because although not drastic but not using fabric softener in the correct way can cause some damage to your clothes.
I have been doing my own laundry for 10 years now so I think right now I am in a position to guide you through the ins and outs of laundry but today our focus will be on the part where we add the fabric softener and for that, we will discuss how to use fabric softener in washing machine without dispenser in detail! so keep on reading 😃
Where do I put fabric softener in my washing machine?
Now many of you may not know if your washing machine has a fabric softener dispenser or not. Go to your washing machine and look at these locations where the dispenser is mostly located:
- Look for a drawer that you can pull out and see if there are labeled compartments such as detergent, fabric softener, and/ or bleach
- A hole/ opening in the corner of the top of your washing machine
- If using a top-loading machine, then look at the top of the agitator
If you have a user’s manual, then you can see for information over there otherwise mostly the fabric softener is located on the right side of the machine.
If you are lucky and do have a dispenser, then that’s great.
If there isn’t any that is not that big of an issue here are some of the options that you can opt for:
- Do not put in the fabric softener during the wash cycle as this will waste all of it. Wait for the rinse cycle and then pour it into the tub when it is filling itself with water.
- The Downy ball is a great option if you do not have a fabric softener dispenser. Basically, it is a plastic ball with a stopper. All you need to do is put the fabric softener in it and close the stopper. The movement within the washing machine will cause the ball to open at the right time when it should and release the softener. I personally love them since I used them for so many years when my washing machine did not have a fabric softener dispenser.
- Another option that you can go for is to use dryer sheets (If you are not familiar with dryer sheets, then they are basically used to create a guard against the buildup of static electricity during machine drying in most fabrics. They also act as a great fabric softener, help in the resistance of future stains, prevent clothes from gathering lint, and make ironing easier. Above all, dryer sheets add a burst of freshness and some even a pleasing fragrance that some users love.) instead of using a liquid fabric softener.
- According to M.A Steinberger, you can also use wool dryer balls.
It is very crucial and important to know when to add fabric softener to the washing machine. You should always make sure that you add whichever fabric softener you are using during the rinse cycle because the wash cycle can remove away all the fabric softener. Just be careful while you pour it in and make sure that you do not pour it directly over the clothes as it may cause staining. In order to prevent from happening so always pour the fabric softener in the water pockets.
Alternatives to using a fabric softener?
Not everyone likes using a store-bought fabric softener but would that mean that our clothes will be deprived of that love and care. Oh no no no, fabric softeners are not the end and I have an amazing thing in store for you guys.
At first, it may seem a little absurd but trust me I have lived in places where there was no fabric softener and my grandma once told me about what wonders white vinegar can do on our clothes. So I did give that a try and man was I not impressed.
So what you need to do is:
Try using a full cup of white vinegar (not apple cider nor any other type of vinegar) in each wash load instead of using a fabric softener.
What the vinegar does is that it acts as a natural fabric softener and if you are worried about the smell then don’t be as it will completely disappear after the rinse cycle.
Here is why I suggest and love this idea:
- White vinegar (not apple cider vinegar) is very inexpensive.
- White vinegar not only removes hard water deposits on your clothes but at the same time that inside your washing machine.
- If you do not like the fragrance of a fabric softener, then this a win-win situation for you to use white vinegar.
- White vinegar also protects the colors of your clothes. Bright colors stay fresh and bright and do not fade away.
Can you put a fabric softener where laundry detergent needs to go into the laundry machine?
No, you cannot, and here is why.
Some washing machines do have a laundry detergent compartment but not a fabric softener dispenser. So what happens if we put our fabric softener in the laundry detergent compartment?
The thing with different types of compartments is that the machine uses them at different times during the washing process according to their beneficial time.
We use the fabric softener basically in order to soften our clothes so that they are less stiff and in order to provide them with a little electrical conductance to decrease static buildup hence, they are not meant for cleaning of the clothes in any way. For this reason, a fabric softener is dispensed in the last rinse cycle after most of the detergent has been washed away from the clothes.
If you put a fabric softener where laundry detergent normally goes then that would mean that the softener is used in the wash cycle. As a result, your clothes will only get rid of a certain amount of dirt only because of the water and agitation and not the tough stains that were supposed to be removed by the detergent.
And just in case you switched the two compartments and put the detergent where the fabric softener was supposed to go and the fabric detergent in the fabric softener one then that simply means that you applied conditioner before washing your hair with shampoo first. And that won’t deliver any good results to you. So you should mind the compartments before putting in the products.
You will have to re-wash your clothes again the right way if something like that happens to you. Moreover, there is nothing to feel stressed out about as there is no harm caused to your clothes if something like this does happen to you.
Do remember to thoroughly clean the compartments of any residual detergent/ fabric softener in the wrong one.