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Unread 08-31-2008, 08:15 AM   #1
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Fabric Softener

I figure that we must have a chemist or somebody amongst us who can answer this question for me...


I line dry my clothes whenever possible. It's good for the environment and my wallet. I put fabric softner in each load but line dried clothes always feel stiff no matter what. Am I wasting my time with the fabiric softner when line drying?
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Unread 08-31-2008, 08:18 AM   #2
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Do you line dry'em in the sun or shade?
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Unread 08-31-2008, 08:23 AM   #3
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I don't know the answer, Neesie, but I can think of some variables that might be contributing to your issue.

What kind of washer are you using? Are you sure it's rinsing the soap out well? Are you certain that you are not using too much soap?

How hard is your water?

I would suggest using vinegar in the rinse. It helps dissolve any remaining soap, and I believe it has a softening effect. DON'T EVER USE VINEGAR IF YOU'RE USING BLEACH, THOUGH!
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Unread 08-31-2008, 08:38 AM   #4
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it's because they hang with some to no movement and dry stiff, like that wet sock you leave in the washer and find it a day later dry, but hard.
the tumbling of the dryer keeps the fibers loose and the heat drys.
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first of all, don't use softener on towels - it actually makes them less absorbent. most driers have a "wrinkle" setting or something similar that runs for about 15 minutes. You might try that after the line dry.
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Unread 09-01-2008, 08:44 AM   #6
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My father is a line drying master. He even does it in the winter on lines strung in the basement by his woodstove. That was his trick. He would put the load in the dryer on NO-heat with a dryer sheet just to fluff them and take out the stiffness. I gotta admit when I stay with them there towels are always soft. He would only run it for 10 to 15 mins
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And I thought this thread was going to be about using diluted fabric softener to remove wallpaper!

Silly me.
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Wow, Jeff where ya been,haven't seen ya in a long time.
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Unread 09-01-2008, 12:00 PM   #9
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FS sheets work good on smelly dogs when you don't have time to bathe them between their weekly bath.
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I use cheap liquid fabric softner in my grout machine to keep down the foaming of the water & grout residual.

defoamers are pricey but the fabric softners are cheap and keep down the foam great !

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D@mn... that was a reply by Jeff!!

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Unread 09-01-2008, 10:11 PM   #12
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Neesie

It's all trial and error. I too, like you, line dry whenever I can. I have found that certain types of fabric are more suitable to line drying than others.

Since my mind is running amok, I don't think I wish to explore the subject of stiffness any further.
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Unread 09-02-2008, 05:25 PM   #13
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I don't think I wish to explore the subject of stiffness any further.
Kate you naughty girl. that's a different thread.

Everything that has been said makes good sense but I don't get the shade/sun thing. I'm going to try it this weekend without softener. If it doesn't make any difference I may just drop it all together. No since in wasting the money or the pollution. Although I guess I'll keep some around for the rare occasions that I do use the dryer.
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No since in wasting the money or the pollution.
Do you have a gas dryer? If it's electric, where's the polution?
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If it's electric, where's the polution?
Depends on what power plant is producing the electricity, Frank. If it's one in Kentucky or Indiana, the pollution is coming out of the coal-fired stack.
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