Laundry just isn’t the same without the use of fabric softener. This crucial ingredient to soft, fresh-smelling clothing is a must-have for any laundry room, but you might be surprised at how useful this product can be in other aspects of your life. Don’t just keep it confined to laundry duty. If you’re spending the money on purchasing it, why not try to get the most bang for your buck? Here is how fabric softener can be used to help make your everyday life a bit easier.
Spray a 1:1 mixture of fabric softener and water into the fabric of your car to reduce the buildup of odors.
Cleaning Glass Tabletops
Glass counters only look great when they are sparkling. Keep them looking that way with a cap of softener mixed with a gallon of water. After wiping the surface with it, be sure to dry it immediately with a paper towel.
Soak paintbrushes in softener to help loosen up those stiff bristles.
Add a cap of softener to a liter of water and mix well. After your wallpaper is scoured, wipe the liquid on its surface with a sponge and let it sit for 30 minutes. The wallpaper should come right off.
Removing Hard-Water Stains
Hard-water stains are notoriously difficult to remove, but softener can get the job done right. Just massage it into the surface of the stains before wiping it up with a damp towel. Use a dry paper towel to wipe up any moisture afterwards, and your shower and tub should look as good as new.
Dusting Your Electronics
Televisions and monitors are notorious for their ability to attract dust. Clean it off easily with a lightly damp cloth that was soaked in water and softener.
Cleaning The Dishes
The toughest dishes are usually best resolved after a night of soaking in water, but who has time for that? Add a bit of softener to the dishes, then let them soak for an hour.
Removing Hair-Spray Residue
If you use hair spray on a regular basis, then you know what your bathroom floors, mirrors and walls look like. Easily clean up that annoying grime with 1:2 fabric-softener-to-water mixture to remove the tacky residue.
Fabric Freshener Spray
Constantly purchasing products like Febreze can cost a lot of money over time. Mixing one part fabric softener with one part water in a spray bottle makes a fresh-smelling fabric freshener that won't break the bank.
Removing Scum From Faucets
Faucets are very prone to the buildup of scum and water stains. Easily remove them by rubbing with fabric softener and letting it dry. It may take a couple tries, but the results are incredible.
Removing Static From Carpets
Especially during the winter, dry air and friction can build up a significant static charge in your carpet. This static is mostly harmless, but it keeps lint, hair and dirt locked into its fibers. Spraying your carpets with a solution of water and fabric softener will help keep your floors in great condition.
Remove Static From Sweaters
Sweaters have a knack for building up static easily. This mostly results in some unwanted shocks, but it can also cause them to pick up more lint while being worn. Instead of wearing out your clothes by using an adhesive lint roller, stop static in the first place by spaying a combination of water and softener in your clothes.
Via: Canadian Free Stuff