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What's the Difference Between Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softener?


Hand putting dryer sheet in machine

From laundry beginners to experienced laundry pros, there is always confusion when it comes to fabric softeners and dryer sheets. Most of us know what they are and may even use one or both in our laundry process. But which one is better?


Is it is really a necessary laundry step? Both products have been around for generations and continue to be a staple in most laundry rooms. They leave our clothes smelling fresh and perform a vital function in the preservation of our clothing. Unlike detergent, softeners and sheets do not clean your clothing, rather they aid during the cleaning process.

What's the Difference?

Everyone knows what fabric softener is and may even have a specific brand preference. But what is a fabric softener? In the laundry industry pros refer to softener as a “conditioner” or “relaxer” for fabrics. During the washing and drying cycles agitation occurs which results in friction. The rubbing of the various fabric fibers builds up a an electrostatic charge commonly referred to as “static cling” on clothing, and can roughen or break the fiber strands.


A laundry service in Orlando Florida says this is the culprit for staticky clothes or stiff towels and garments. Softener is used to lubricate the clothes so that static cling is avoided and fibers do not become frayed or fractured.

 

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