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Woolworths Essentials Fabric Softener Concentrate Wild Lavender review

Priced at $0.85.

CHOICE Expert Rating


What is the CHOICE Expert Rating

CHOICE Expert rating

This is the product's overall performance score, based on key tests conducted by our industry experts in the CHOICE labs.

CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

This overall score is made up of softness (60%) and water absorption (40%).

Softness score View more details.

Based on International Standard ASTM D5070 – 90, cloth nappies (100% cotton) are conditioned with 5 cycles of a regular wash with just laundry powder. Then we run the top loader machine on a rinse and spin cycle with the fabric softener product, nappies and ballast (sheets and pillow cases). The nappies are then dried.

The softness is evaluated with a panel of 10 people. We use the paired method where the panelist is given two swatches and asked which is softer. Each product in the set is paired with every other product in the set in this process. A product scores one point each time it is deemed softer than the paired product. The products are then ranked by their total score.

Absorption score View more details.

Water absorbency is also measured because fabric softeners tend to reduce the water absorbency of towels as a side effect of the softness. We use a dyed solution in a beaker and a swatch of the treated nappy. By placing it in the dyed solution you can see the solution travel up the swatch and the further it travels the better the water absorbency.

Recommended View more details.

We recommend fabric softeners with an overall score of at least 70%. While we advise against using fabric softeners at all, if you must use one these are the ones to look for.

Price View more details.

This is the price we paid for the pack size listed.

Cost per 100mL View more details.

Based on the price we paid.

Cost per wash (cents) View more details.

Based on the price we paid and the manufacturer's instructions for usage. 

Measure used View more details.

Whether the fabric softener comes with a measuring cap or lid for dosing.

Needs diluting
Bottle size (ml) View more details.

For the liquid concentrates, we state how much it makes as the bottle size, to make it comparable to the rest.

Makes 2000
Ingredients View more details.

From the labelling on the container. Most commercial products don't show their ingredients. From the sample group we tested, only fabric softeners which claim some green credentials disclose their ingredient list.

Not stated
Dosing instructions
3/4 fill a 2L container with warm water. Pour sachet contents into bottle. Replace cap and shake, then top up with warm water. Pour 1/3 cup (80ml) of diluted fabric softener into your washing machine's fabric softener dispenser or dilute (1:5) and add to final rinse.
Origin View more details.

This where they are manufactured, but individual ingredients that make up the product can come from anywhere, so the origin statement is a little rubbery, unless each ingredient's origin is listed. No softener does this.

Fragrance View more details.

Softeners generally come in a range of fragrances across a product and are generally the same formulation across that product range apart from fragrance. The fragrance listed here is the fragrance tested.

Wild Lavender

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