2 add one cup or more of vinegar in a load of wash to help remove some detergent residue. Fortunately if the stains are noticed before the garment goes into the dryer it s relatively easy to remove fabric softener from clothing before the stain sets in.
To avoid pouring fabric softener directly onto clothing pour fabric softener into your machine while it is filling up with water.
How to get fabric softener residue out of clothes. Your clothes will feel softer and look brighter without any. Add white vinegar to the washer after the water for the wash cycle has filled. We ve always tried various combinations of vinegar baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
Use the warmest washing machine settings the fabric will tolerate. The liquid fabric softener might be the cause of the residue. Studies have found that liquid fabric softeners can actually make fabrics more flammable which no one wants.
But we d love to know what magic formula have you found to get the job done without having to put the clothes through 10 wash cycles. Finally they can leave residue in your machines which isn t good for the machines and also means you can get fabric softener residue on clothes even when you re not using it in that load. Refer to your washing machine s user manual for the proper use of liquid softer.
Here are the helpful tips we ve heard from you. Some people apply alcohol to a sponge and rub the sponge onto fabric softener stains. To replace fabric softener add a quarter cup of baking soda or a half cup of white vinegar to the wash during the rinse cycle.
Do not add detergent. Dampen the fabric with warm. Let the machine agitate the water and fabric softener before you fill it with clothing for a wash.
Add the baking soda to the rinse cycle in the same manner. They re also not particularly safe for you. This will break down any residues.
Submerge the stained items and allow them to soak for at least four hours or overnight and then wash as usual without any detergent or fabric softener. Put the clothing out in strong sunlight for several days. Like the detergent it needs to properly dissolve and disperse in the water.
Soak in oxygen based bleach if the fabric softener stained clothes already went through the dryer mix a solution of oxygen based bleach and warm water following package directions.