(Closed) Dryer sheets vs laundry softener

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: Which do you use?
    Dryer sheets : (37 votes)
    57 %
    Laundry softener : (7 votes)
    11 %
    Neither : (3 votes)
    5 %
    Both : (14 votes)
    22 %
    Something else that does the same function (like wool dryer balls) : (4 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    2790 posts
    Sugar bee

    I have always used laundry softener. When I moved in with SO he wanted to use dryer sheets. Currently we are not using softener because our washer leaves it pooled on our clothes. I don’t like using dryer sheets because I think it makes my clothes feel weird and crusty. I think softener makes them come out feeling more wearable.

    Post # 5
    7431 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I could never use softener cuz it breaks me out too bad, so I use unscented dryer shets

    Post # 6
    2397 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I had some bad experiences with my old washer + softener ruining some of my clothes… so I stick with the dryer sheets. 

    Post # 7
    2077 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We don’t have our own washer and dryer right now, so it really depends.  If I’m washing my clothes at my mom’s house, I only use fabric softener.  If I’m at the laundromat, I use both.

    The laundromat always makes my clothes smell like they’re burnt.  The fabric sheets help with that.

    Post # 9
    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We use the Purex sheets and I absolutely love them! The same sheet is both the detergent and the dryer sheet. They really are a lazy chicks best friend. 

    Post # 10
    1801 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I guess I always thought you could only use liquid softener if you had a separate insert for it, rather than just dumping it in, since that’s what my Mom’s machines had.  So I’ve always used dryer sheets!

    Post # 11
    2392 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’ve never used either.

    Post # 12
    5399 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I LOVE the smell of dryer sheets.  I also really like the smell of fabric softener, but for whatever reason I noticed that it tends to leave grease looking stains on some clothes so I stopped using it a few years back.

    Post # 13
    46408 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I stopped using dryer sheets years ago when I figured out they were the cause of black spots on my uniforms (back in the day when I wore a uniform).

    I haven’t bothered to use anything since and our clothes are just fine. I also use less than 1/2 the recommended amount of detergent.


    Post # 14
    3126 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    @soonerpsych: thats what I thought too. We bought liquid softener when we moved to our house but our washer doesn’t have separate area so we have stuck to dryer sheets. Can you use liquid if you don’t have it?

    Post # 15
    1398 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We use dryer sheets right now, but when I went home for Christmas my mom told me to make sure not to use them when we get our own washer/dryer because it will ruin the dryer quicker. I have no idea if it’s the truth but her clothes always look nicer than mine!

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