Fabric Softeners???

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  • Is there really a difference in name brand Fabic Softeners vs. the genric brands?
    Which do you guys like better liquid or sheets?

    I use Downy or Snuggle but was wondering if the Wal-Mart brand was any good.

    Houston-Mom
  • Well myself, I've had reactions to generic brand liquid softeners, so I only use Downy. BUT I don't use it as is. I fill a spray bottle halfway with water and the other half with Downy. I give the inside of the dryer (the drum) about 8 or 10 squirts and then throw the wet clothes in. Works perfectly!
  • Amanda, Im going to try your method the next time Im out. Right now Im using a store brand of softener sheets and cutting them in 1/2, that works fine for our stuff. I used to use Downy's wrinkle reducer and I swear it really worked ! ( maybe just my imagination but I think it worked ) It is expensive though. Think it might work in a spray bottle as well ?
  • I must be sheltered, I've never heard of that wrinkle reducer I'll have to look next time I'm out!

    How do you put it in, just like softener? It might work in the spray bottle!
  • Yep, it comes in the same Downey bottle but its the dark blue one. I assume it would work the same way. Ill try it and let you know what I think.


    You know what, now that I think about it I think that you have to use it in the washer for it to be effective.

    Have you ever had any trouble with the Downey staining anything in the dryer ?
  • I think there are differences between name and generic brands. They all smell differently and even though they are basically made the same way some ingredients do vary.

    I have tried themall but I seem to only like Downy. The smell and the way my clothes come out soft.

    I use both the liquids and the sheets.

    Now my mom and neighbor uses generic (I can smell the difference) but they are fine with theirs.

    I think it all depends on the person and their thoughts.


    As for the dewrinklers, I have heard and seen them, just never tried them.


    I am also going to try Amanda suggestion. I never really thought of that.
  • Quote:
    Originally posted by ajrsmom
    Have you ever had any trouble with the Downey staining anything in the dryer ?
    Never, it works marvelously. I do between 2 and 4 loads of laundry everyday. I NEVER remember to go down during the rinse cycle. So this is the best solution for me. My water is well water, and we have no water softener, so even with that it works well. You can even toss the clothes in the dryer, then mist the tops of them with the spray (make sure you use the mist and not the stream, forgot to mention that LOL) and it still works just fine.
  • I've only used sheets, and I've bought both name brand and generic. I usually buy generic just because I always seem to run out of them when I need to buy 100 other things and don't have a lot of money. I have noticed that the store brands don't smell as stong or last as long. That's it though. I think I'll try the liquid spray idea next time for a change of pace! I always find good ideas from posts on this site!!!!
  • I buy the Wal-Mart generic brand dryer sheets. I like that they soften my clothes without leaving a strong smell in them.

    Also, myself and the two boys have allergies and they seem to be the only brand that doesn't affect any of us!
  • I like your idea Amanda............

    I love the smell of Downy, mostly when I use the liquid.

    I have lately been using sheets because they are less expensive and you get more uses, and yes, you can split them in smaller loads. I usually buy a brand name because I like the scent better.

    I have always been a faithful Tide/Downy user but lately I really like the smell (and price) of Gain. It smells soooo good, and the kids like the smell too