Just like baking soda and distilled vinegar, liquid fabric softener has tons of different uses that have nothing to do with laundry. It can make your household chores so much easier if you know how to use it properly. You’re maybe only using your fabric softener for laundry right now, but that will change as soon as you find out its other uses!
1. Eliminates Soap Scum
Our showers and bathtubs can generate soap and water stains easily. It even appears to be worse if you have white or light tile. If you want to eliminate it, use some fabric softener and a cloth to wipe onto any soap stains, wipe it off after 10 minutes, then rinse it.
2. Removes Stubborn Wallpaper
If you have an old wallpaper that you want to get rid of, but it’s stubborn and difficult to remove, fabric softener will do the trick! Just mix a few tablespoons of fabric softener with some water. Use a sponge to dab your mixture onto the wallpaper, and wait for 10 minutes. Then, the wallpaper should come off easily and fast.
3. Air Freshener
If you run out of your air freshener, you can use your fabric softener instead. Mix a small amount of fabric softener with some water and a few tablespoons of baking soda in a spray bottle. Spray the solution around your house to remove any unpleasant odors. Don’t forget to open your window after spraying your solutions to avoid getting overwhelmed by the smell.
4. Extends Paintbrush Life
You probably noticed that when you clean your paintbrushes, they get all dry and crusty when you want to use them again. To avoid this, soak them in a mix of some water and a small amount of fabric softener after you clean them. Dry them as usual. The next time you use them, they’ll be much softer.
5. Eliminates Static
If you want to eliminate static in the dry cold months, mix one part fabric softener with two parts water. Mist your carpets and furniture with the mixture and allow them to fully dry. This will eliminate static for a while. Repeat the process after a few weeks.
6. Removes Grime And Cookware Stains
If you have grime and burnt food residue all over your cookware, fill them with water and add a few drops of fabric softener into them, let them soak for at least an hour. Then, the grime should be easy and fast to remove.
7. Cleans Harsh Residue
If you have stubborn stains and residue all over your house, mix a little bit of fabric softener with a glass of water in a spray bottle. Use a cloth to apply the solution on the stains, then wipe it off using a clean cloth after.
8. Removes Hairspray Stains
If you have hairspray stains on your mirror, walls, or vanity, mix a solution of water and fabric softener in a spray bottle. Spray the mix on the stains, then wipe them off with a dry, clean cloth.
9. Deters Pests
If you have ants and other bugs in your home, stop them using some water and a small amount of fabric softener. Mix the solution in a spray bottle then spray the affected areas. The bugs will make their way out of your house as soon as you spray them.
10. Lifts Pet Hair
If you want to remove pet hair from your carpets, mix a small amount of fabric softener with some water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on your carpets and let them fully dry. Vacuum your carpets later and you’ll notice the pet hair coming up easily.