Traditional softeners are oil-based, which coat fabrics and make them feel slick. Some even contain up to 20% oil. This is amazing--guess that is why the bottle says not to pour directly on clothing! Not to mention that it says not to use it on children's sleepwear as it makes them flammable. You are also not supposed to use it on performance sportswear (news to me) because it inhibits the wicking properties. Traditional softeners also make your towels less absorbent due to this oil.
Purex Crystals are made from 92% natural crystals and does not use oils for softening. It is the only major softener that is safe for use on children's sleepwear. Purex Crystals are safe for all clothing.
I was really surprised to learn all this information about traditional fabric softeners and really interested to see how well the crystals performed. I love the fact that you add them to the beginning of the cycle. My washing machine is almost an antique so I with traditional softeners, I have to listen for the rinse cycle and run to add the softener, many times, missing my opportunity. I dumped them in. They were very fragrant and I was worried that the clothes would smell too strong. However, after washing and drying them, they just smelled clean. Everything was soft. The only thing I did notice was that some fleece items had a bit of static. Most of all, I love that it is safe to use on my children's PJs and our sportswear clothing.
Overall, with knowing what I know now about traditional softeners, I plan to start using the Purex Complete Crystals.
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