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Thread: fabric softener "crystals"

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    fabric softener "crystals"

    Have you seen the "crystals" from several companies that you add to your washer load and acts as the fabric softener? Have you tried them? No where on the package does it say what happens to those crystals in your washer. Do they dissolve? If not, are they safe for septic systems? I have been on several websites and can't find the answer! Just wondering . . . .

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    they are just for the smell, not for softening, they do dissolve, when I use them I put them in the rinse, not the wash, it took a long time for me to try because they are so pricey.

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    They are pricey, but work well. 20 year old grandson stayed with us for the summer and his soccer clothes were to put it mildly, odiferous. One bottle lasted for the summer. I has forgotten all about smelly sports clothes, our last kid left home 30 years ago.
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    I put them in my wax melter (you put a tea light at the bottle and it melts wax at the top) best yet

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    They are very strong and not for those with allergies. They almost caused me to have an asthma attack, and I'm not usually sensitive.

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    My daughter uses them as a softener and puts them in with her wash. Good smelling, no static when removed from dryer. Towels fresh smelling and soft. Tried them while visiting her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sept97 View Post
    I put them in my wax melter (you put a tea light at the bottle and it melts wax at the top) best yet
    I'll have to try this. Thanks for the tip.

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    I haven't tried them. I just can't see me wasting time measuring detergent, measuring bleach, adding softener, adding fragrance to a load of wash. I toss in a Tide Pod, stick a 2 month dryer bar in the dryer and go on about my day.
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    I just found a new detergent, Biz. I was in the check out line when the woman in front of me enthusiastically told me how well the product worked, said it's great for stain removal. Lately my laundry doesn't seem to get clean enough, and I tried some kind of Tide booster pods that worked well but were pricey. I used this stuff along with my detergent yesterday and everything came out great, even my nephew's soiled work shirts that I could get clean before.
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    They are not a fabric softener but sure do make my towels & sheets smell good. I don't use as much as they recommend so a bottle lasts for quite a long time. I don't use it in the clothes I wear because it overpowers my perfume.
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    plain old baking soda works great and much much cheaper

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    I make my own laundry detergent - grate a bar of zote soap in food processor, then put in bowl with blade and pulverize into granules. Add 1 1/2 cup borax and 1 1/2 cup washing soda. This makes no suds and 2 tablespoons cleans a load, with no odor. Clothes seem soft to me - very little static and a neutral scent. If I feel like scent, I put in a half teaspoon tide clean breeze liquid which is enough without overpowering.
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    If you are just looking for a softener try washing soda. (Remember Calgon in the 60's) It removes all the soap from your wash hence it dries soft. If you put it in the wash it will also help remove stains. You will need to dissolve it first if you don't use hot water to wash. I used it to wash all our polyester filled doonas before I packed them away for summer. Soaked them for about 30 minutes in hot water and they came out snowy white and looked like new. I'm never with out it. I do keep it in the fridge because the crystals melt at over 30 degrees. I pay between 3 & 4 dollars for 500 gr. I've used it in the dishwasher as well. Better for the environment and better for my pocket.

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    I have used them and really like the way my clothes come out of the dryer. No static and they are soft and less ironing.
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