Here’s an environmentally friendly tip to save on fabric softener (conditioner) when tumble drying. If you are putting a load of washing into the washing machine and you know you will be drying it in the tumble dryer, do you still use fabric softener? We always have done, but tumble drying naturally softens the fabrics anyway (as long as you don’t over dry them) so fabric softener shouldn’t be required.
I tested this out yesterday by washing a load of towels without adding any. When they came out of the dryer they felt no different to when using softener. Testing them against towels already in the airing cupboard showed no difference at all.
Of course using the tumble dryer instead of hanging laundry out to dry naturally is not environmentally friendly, but most people will be tumble drying some of the time any way. So using the, “every little helps” philosophy it’s still good to save something whenever possible.
Should you use Fabric Softener on towels?
Fabric softener has a water-proofing effect, which can affect how absorbent a towel is, so it isn’t ideal for towels. I expect a lot of people wouldn’t like rough towels so will still use softener. Not using softener may leave towels a little rougher, but more effective at drying. It might be worth giving it a try without though to see if you can use less.