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Fabric Softener

Proper fabric care requires more than just laundry detergent. Adding fabric softener to your wash can help to keep your garments looking and feeling their best. At CVS, you'll find a huge selection of fabric softener products plus all of the other laundry supplies that you need for wash day. Check out what's currently available, complete your purchase and have your order conveniently shipped to your door.

What Is Fabric Softener?

A fabric softener is a laundry additive, a product that is not required for cleaning clothes but is used instead to enhance fabrics. The liquid is typically added to a compartment in the washing machine before laundering clothes. After the detergent has been rinsed out of clothing, most washing machines automatically release fabric softener, allowing it to mix with the clothes.

Why Use Fabric Softener?

There are a number of reasons why you might choose to add fabric softener to your laundry. As the name suggests, fabric softener gives clothing a softer feel. This can make garments more comfortable and allow them to drape more attractively. In addition, fabric softener can reduce statics, so that clothes do not stick together or cling to your body. Plus, fabric softener typically has a pleasing fragrance that makes clothes smell more pleasant.

Liquid Fabric Softener

Some fabric softeners have additional benefits that may make them appealing to you. Conditioning fabric softeners contain ingredients that help to strengthen fabrics, helping clothes last for longer and hold their shape better. These products may also minimize color fading and lower the likelihood of pilling and fuzz forming on fabrics. Odor-minimizing fabric softeners feature ingredients that fight bacteria to keep clothing smelling fresher. While these products can be beneficial for all types of garments, people often use them on athletic apparel, underwear and other clothing that is prone to odors. Aromatherapy fabric softeners have scents that are similar to or made from essential oils that are believed to enhance mood.

Natural Fabric Softener Options

If you or someone in your family has sensitive skin, you may wish to purchase a hypoallergenic fabric softener. These products contain ingredients that are gentle to the skin and less likely to cause allergic reactions and irritation than conventional formulas. For those who are striving to use fewer chemicals in their homes, natural fabric softeners are available. In these products, plant and mineral-based ingredients are substituted for synthetic chemicals as much as possible.

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