The Hard Truth About Fabric Softeners

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flickr/Julie Falk

Do you use fabric softeners or dryer sheets? If so, maybe you use them because your mom did. Maybe it’s out of habit because commercials make us feel that we need something more than just detergent. But do we? Sure, they make clothes feel softer, reduce static cling, and add a spring-fresh scent. But have you thought about how they do this? A chemical layer is added to the fabrics. I decided to take a look at what these chemicals are.

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