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Last updated: 19 November 2018

Are your towels too scratchy, or are you seeking softer sleepwear? See below for our results on the fabric softeners in the market.

We lab test and review the latest fabric softeners to help you find the best one for you. Read more about how fabric softeners work, why we test treated fabrics for absorbency, and what the alternatives to fabric softener are in our fabric softener buying guide.

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We've tested most of the fabric softeners on the market to tell you which one:

  • makes fabric softest while maintaining absorbency, and
  • is good value for money.

Keep in mind that these are only an additive – they don't make your clothes any cleaner, and using them essentially adds a layer of chemicals to your fabrics after putting them through the washing machine. They may also reduce both the water absorbency of your towels and nappies, and more worryingly, the flame retardant properties of children's sleepwear and other fabrics.

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