Thread Number: 74659  /  Tag: Detergents and Additives
Fabric Softener that Speeds Up Drying Time?
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Post# 984630   2/27/2018 at 23:04 by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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I wonder how that works, exactly? I read the ingredients and proceeded to forget about them quickly. I did notice that the softener that claims to increase drying time does less loads per bottle than the regular softener and it also seemed thinner when I shook it. Maybe it's got alcohol in it? Should have paid more attention to the label.

I'm sure that woman from Australia that leaves bars of soap on the window sill could clear this up for us in no time flat.

I'm sorry. I could have sworn I took a picture of the bottle that claimed it decreased drying time. I think the bottle that only claims 92 wash loads was the one, as they are both the same size. It's possible I took a picture of the wrong bottle, but I know I saw it and wanted to come home and post it for you all to see.

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Post# 984632 , Reply# 1   2/27/2018 at 23:35 by liamy1 (-)        

15 years ago, in the U.K., our Comfort brand had something called Comfort “fast dry”.

Out of the many variants we had of Comfort, IIRC there was only one product that claimed to dry clothes faster, I don’t know if it actually worked at all, but it smelled very nice (we still have the scent of it, but is the normal yellow (Sunshiny Days) variant, no claims of reduced drying time).

I haven’t seen any conditioners here positioned as reduced drying time since this product went off the market seemingly as quickly as it came on.


Post# 984634 , Reply# 2   2/28/2018 at 00:22 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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What is with the "he" designation?  Don't fabric softeners knock down suds anyway (I realize they're not intended for use during the main wash, but read on)? 


That's really all I used them for, particularly if things got out of hand in my FL washer when I used any P&G detergent (except for the recent Bold find at Big Lots -- that is true low sudsing "he" powder).


And besides, if this stuff is aimed at the Hispanic demographic, why aren't any of the Mexican powders "he" as well? 

Post# 984637 , Reply# 3   2/28/2018 at 02:11 by mrboilwash (Munich,Germany)        

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Every liquid FS will speed up drying time to some extent.
The more or less pronounced hydrophobic effect on fabrics leads to better extraction in the spin cycle and that in turn means somewhat shorter drying times.

Post# 984639 , Reply# 4   2/28/2018 at 04:22 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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it was the Suavitel Fast Dry. Smells good but I couldn't tell any difference. I use Suavitel on my towels since it doesn't really soften them, just makes them smell fresh. I hate using Downey on towels because it makes them just smear the water around instead of absorbing it. I'm at work or I'd post a pic of what you saw.

Post# 984651 , Reply# 5   2/28/2018 at 06:42 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

I've used that Suavitel product. Couldn't tell a bit of difference.
IMO That Rose fragrance is great for towels and blankets. Not too strong. However, I use it following a wash with my commercial detergent that leaves no fragrance.

I don't use a lot of softener and when I do I reduce the dose in half.
I wish all the manufacturers would offer detergents and fabric softeners that compliment each other. At least Gain detergent has a complimentary fragrance fabric softener. I do not like multiple fragrances.

Would be nice if Ariel did.

Post# 984655 , Reply# 6   2/28/2018 at 07:47 by steve_b79 (Princeton Junction)        

"..except for the recent Bold find at Big Lots -- that is true low sudsing "he" powder.."

Glad to have corrupted you! :)

Post# 984891 , Reply# 7   3/1/2018 at 21:43 by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        
Picture finally showed up.

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Don’t know what what the problem was. Must have been an upload or download problem from the cloud. I knew I took it.

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Post# 984964 , Reply# 8   3/2/2018 at 11:23 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
I am Confused

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Hi Brian , in your first post you say that fabric softener claims to speed drying and then your third sentence says the softener claims to increase drying time, which softener claims to increase drying time ?

John L.

Post# 985044 , Reply# 9   3/3/2018 at 06:25 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I mix Suavitel with All free softener.  It adds a little more softness with fragrance. 

Post# 985198 , Reply# 10   3/4/2018 at 06:14 by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        
Sorry John

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That was a typo. The fabric softener in question was supposed to decrease drying time and I was curious as to whether one could attribute any truth to the matter.

Post# 985241 , Reply# 11   3/4/2018 at 11:39 by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

" I hate using Downey on towels because it makes them just smear the water around instead of absorbing it."

Back in high school (1980-ish) I knew guys (I was one) who started doing their own laundry because the fabric softener their mothers used made their clothes feel slimy. Nearly all of us had extremely oily skin and teenage males in general sweat A LOT. Most also avoided clothing made of synthetics.

This, the hydrophobic effect mentioned above, and claims of decreased drying time... I know we're literally talking 'oil and water', but might there be any commonalities?

Post# 985365 , Reply# 12   3/5/2018 at 06:03 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I remember my grandmother used to practically pour the whole bottle in her towels....they wouldn't absorb anything....but they smelled April Fresh!

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