British laundry expert Patrick Richardson, host of Laundry Boy on popular science channel criticized fabric softenersstating that they are harmful and even make clothes dirtier.
“You can add vinegar, vodka, alcohol, soap, you can put whatever you want on your clothes. But there is one thing that I don’t allow you to wear: it’s fabric softener.”
– said the specialist to the local edition of The Sun.
According to the presenter, if you properly care for your things, they retain their softness, naturally. Cotton feels like cotton, and six feels like wool. Air conditioners create an artificial feeling of softness, and this is not normal.
“If you look at someone who uses fabric softener, all their clothes seem to be covered with a layer of dirt.”
– said the expert.
I disagree with the British Russian expert Danila Novikov. In his opinion, conditioner is necessary if we use synthetic detergents for washing.or more simply, washing powders.
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“I think that such statements in Europe come from the “green” agenda. Using any conditioner means plus one more rinse cycle, that is, additional consumption of water and electricity. In fact, there are no negative consequences after using a quality product. ”
The main function of air conditioners, the specialist continued, is to wash away detergent residues. In powders presented in the mass market, a third of the volume is conditional starch, that is, a special filler that is needed only to add weight to the product, to make the packaging larger.
“Natural fabrics, including cotton and wool, have a porous structure. Therefore, excess substances are able to linger in them. This makes things rougher, contributes to faster wear, causes dermatitis. Rinsing so that there are no traces without air conditioning is a laborious process and requires a lot of resources, including water, ”
Air conditioners are based on cationic surfactants. In addition to washing out cleaning solutions, they also kill harmful microorganisms, reduce the likelihood of new contamination due to the antistatic effect, and also give softness. The products that are on sale today contain preservativesfor longer shelf life, and fragrances, giving aroma, for example, lavender or peony. The latter can cause allergies, so when choosing, you should focus on the characteristics of the body. In conditioners that are designed for baby clothes, there are usually no fragrances, or their amount is minimal. But these products usually cost more.
“Manufacturers also like to add silicone to air conditioners. Allegedly, by impregnating the fabric, it prevents re-contamination. But this is just a marketing gimmick. Things that have been rinsed with silicone are then washed worse, and stains are preserved. That is, silicone should not be in good air conditioners, ”
– emphasized the expert.
Danila Novikov dispelled the myth that stains are more difficult to remove when washing with air conditioning. Exists the stereotype that the product supposedly cannot be used with bleaches and enhancers of washing powders. The main question here is how to apply. AT In machine programs, conditioner is added only at the final stage, that is, when rinsing. And the main cycle, including stain removal, occurs without it. But that’s in theory. In practice, it remains the risk that a certain amount of conditioner enters the drum with the powder at the very beginning of the cycle. Then both means simply neutralize each other’s action.
“Personally, I add conditioner when the main wash is over. That is, I choose an additional rinse program and only then pour in the product. Yes, this lengthens the process and increases water consumption, but I am sure that the conditioner did not mix with the powder and did not interfere with its action in any way, ”
Is it possible to replace the air conditioner with something if you want to save money? According to Novikov, the most popular alternative is ordinary table vinegar. It, of course, does not contribute to washing out the remnants of the washing solution, but in fact 100% neutralizes them due to the difference in pH, gives softness, “extinguishes” excess foam. The disadvantages of the product are a pungent odor and some tissue damage due to the acidic environment. Approximately one tablespoon is required per wash.
Another “substitute” for chemistry is the sun. Linen, which was dried on the street under direct rays, is, firstly, very soft, and secondly, it is safe, since microbes die under the influence of ultraviolet radiation. True, after several such drying, the colors lose their brightness.