Liquid fabric softeners condition the fabric so that each piece of clothing comes out super soft. These fabric softeners generally enter the washing machine during the final rinse cycle. Pour softener into the dispenser and let the machine automatically add it at the proper time or manually do it yourself. Never let clothing come in contact with liquid fabric softeners outside of a laundry cycle, as the fabric softener could stain the clothing.
Sheet Fabric Softeners
Dryer sheets are suitable alternatives for those who don't like liquid fabric softeners or who sometimes forget to add the liquid softener to the final rinse. Sheets are an appropriate option for people who worry about the risk of staining clothes with liquid softeners. Add softener sheets to the dryer at the beginning of the drying cycle. The heat activates the sheets, which release a gentle chemical that prevents static cling and softens the clothes. Always use dryer sheets with a full load.
Dryer balls are made of rubber and feature soft spikes all over the surface. The 3-inch-diameter balls tumble around with your clothes in the dryer, lifting and nudging the clothes. The rubber and shape of the balls helps to soften the clothes and stop static cling naturally. The benefit of dryer balls is that they don't use chemicals and they last for many repeated uses, making them an economical investment.