I believe that I have said before that I am not a fan of fabric softener. I have a whole laundry system that I won’t go into again, but it does not involve fabric softener of any kind.
On Mondays when I get the kids’ cots ready, I have a couple of nap bags that I open up to get to their blankets and things and am overwhelmed by the smell of fabric softener. I almost choke as I remove the dryer sheets. I commented to my student teacher that I don’t like fabric softener because then the clothes aren’t really clean – they still have stuff on them.
He looked at me like I was crazy. Being busy with the cots, I couldn’t fully explain my argument. Lucky you – you get to hear it.
Point One: Clothes that are dirty may or may not have a smell. If they have an odor, it probably comes from the unpleasant substance (dirt or sweat) that is on them.
Point Two: If you wash your clothes with a small amount of soap and enough water, it should remove all substances that may cause a smell. Ergo, the clothes should smell like nothing.
Point Three: If you put a substance on the clothes that makes them have a smell after laundering, that substance is Still On The Clothes, even if it makes them have a nice smell. Ergo, they are not ‘clean’.
Point Four: I am not absolutely sure if I am using ‘ergo’ correctly.
You can see my point, yes? See, people only like fabric softeners because the chemicals in them smell like flowers or teddy bears or whatever, so people smell it and think, “Ahhh. It smells so nice, it must be clean!” If the chemicals smelled like burnt onions or skunk, they would smell ‘bad’ and you would say, “Gross. Why does this Downy smell like tacos? I gotta wash this again.” Same thing with a detergent that leaves a smell – you probably haven’t rinsed all the detergent out.
However, I am not saying this to sway you from your decision to use fabric softeners if you so wish, I just want to be right.
I always want to be right – eggo, we have a problem.