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 Post subject: Fabric Softener
PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 12:24 pm 
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My apologies if this has already been discussed, but my 3 second search yielded no results.

I could've sworn the stuff from Coop used to be vegan, but it's not now (maybe it never was and I just missed it). Anyone have any recommended brands?

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 Post subject: Re: Fabric Softener
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Whaaaaaat my co-op ecological concentrated fabric conditioner is vegan & I only bought it about a month ago. That's the only one of theirs I've noticed being vegan though. I have no other suggestions if that's the no longer vegan one.

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 Post subject: Re: Fabric Softener
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Oh maybe it's just a case of the ones I can get being vegan. There's not a big coop local to us, so we're generally limited to the two or 3 options on shelf in the smaller shops.

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 Post subject: Re: Fabric Softener
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I'm pretty sure that co-op we were in the other day had the one I usually get, they definitely do others that aren't vegan though. I can try & pop in there before Saturday & get you some?

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 Post subject: Re: Fabric Softener
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I just use the co-op 2in1 powder and it is vegan.


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 Post subject: Re: Fabric Softener
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OK, what does fabric softener do? Is it necessary? (I know someone is going to tell me it softens fabrics. I find them pretty soft
already after washing)

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 Post subject: Re: Fabric Softener
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it relaxes the fibres in the fabric, making it less creased and therefore easier to iron. and makes it softer!


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Well, it sort of laminates the fabric in softness. If you use fabric softener on your towels, they dry less well.

Cider vinegar works as fabric softener, if you are feeling hippy.

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 Post subject: Re: Fabric Softener
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Thanks for pointing out there are definitely some vegan options at Coop still. Jojo, I forgot about being in Brighton next weekend, so if you do happen to find yourself in Coop then would you mind grabbing one? Otherwise I can pop in after the fayre maybe. Ta!

Liz, I can go with or without it, depending on the fabrics. Mostly I like the smell and initial way it feels after it comes out of the dryer. And it makes a huge difference to me when it comes to garments like cardigans and sweatery stuff. I don't know how to iron.

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 Post subject: Re: Fabric Softener
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A dryer?? You are lucky. No dryer here ,so have to use fabric softener or my clothes will go crunchy, especially the towels. I didn't know until reading this thread that there were non vegan softeners. Will have to get over to Co Op. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Fabric Softener
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Well, I don't have a dryer and have never noticed crunchiness. Maybe it depends on the water? Of course, now I'm intrigued to try it I won't be able to find anything vegan.

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 Post subject: Re: Fabric Softener
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Asda used to have fabric softener that was labelled vegan, but I haven't been in there for ages so I dont know if they still do. I'm helpful aren't I!

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 Post subject: Re: Fabric Softener
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Efcliz wrote:
Well, I don't have a dryer and have never noticed crunchiness. Maybe it depends on the water? Of course, now I'm intrigued to try it I won't be able to find anything vegan.


or maybe after we meet you we'll be saying "did you see Efcliz's crunchy clothes?" "I know!"


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I can feel my clothes crunching as I'm sitting here!

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 Post subject: Re: Fabric Softener
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Efcliz wrote:
Well, I don't have a dryer and have never noticed crunchiness. Maybe it depends on the water? Of course, now I'm intrigued to try it I won't be able to find anything vegan.


It depends on the water and on your machine. I had an ancient machine that never needed fabric softener and both machines since have needed buckets of it, even though I live in the same place.

I've read vinegar can disrupt the sensors on some washing machines so that might be worth looking into before trying it. I tried it and it didn't work for me.

Without fabric softener my jeans could stand up by themselves, it's ridiculous (very hard water here). I need my fabrics as soft as possible because I get regular nerve pain under my skin on my limbs and rough fabric is painful to wear. Someone on the old boards recommended the ASDA environmentally friendly fabric softener and I swear by it now.

One point about using environmentally products in your washing machine, it will grow mould inside. Washing liquids can't carry the bleach required to keep machines mould free, it needs to be powder. I discovered loads of mould in my soap dispenser, the mould then washes into your fabrics and can cause health problems. The only way I could remove it was to spray lots of bleach into the compartment, leave it overnight then run through an empty boil wash next day (everyone should run an empty boil wash every 3 - 6 months to clear their machine out).


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 Post subject: Re: Fabric Softener
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Eek, I didn't know that about the mould!!

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 Post subject: Re: Fabric Softener
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Maybe stick some soda crystals in with your white wash. It keeps whites sparkling white and kills anything it touches!

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Mine gets mould in the dispenser over time, but it's really easy to clean (the whole drawer can be removed and washed).

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Mr Flibble wrote:
Mine gets mould in the dispenser over time, but it's really easy to clean (the whole drawer can be removed and washed).


If it's in your dispenser apparently it's all though your machine so the whole thing needs treated.

The soda crystals might do the trick.


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Will check it out - thanks

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fezza wrote:
The only way I could remove it was to spray lots of bleach into the compartment, leave it overnight then run through an empty boil wash next day (everyone should run an empty boil wash every 3 - 6 months to clear their machine out).


I didn't know this and I have had my machine for about 2 years now. I have never noticed any mould but I think I will do this just in case.


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It's only if you use all liquid or environmentally friendly detergents Sarah-Jane. I think you're meant to use laundry bleach to clean the machine out. If you're using a non-environmentally friendly powder you're probably ok.


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Oxfam sells a vegan fabric softener! I haven't tried it yet because I hate doing laundry and hence it only happens once a month, but still. Happy.

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MessyVeggie wrote:
Oxfam sells a vegan fabric softener! I haven't tried it yet because I hate doing laundry and hence it only happens once a month, but still. Happy.


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Efcliz wrote:
OK, what does fabric softener do? Is it necessary?


I can't live without it. Soft towels, soft jeans...bliss.


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