Gain Ultra Liquid Fabric Softener
Gain Ultra Liquid Fabric Softener

Best liquid fabric softener

Repeated tests and reviews indicate that liquid fabric softeners outperform dryer sheets when it comes to adding softness and zapping static. Overall, experts and consumers cite Gain Ultra Liquid as a top choice. This highly rated concentrated liquid fabric softener gets top marks for softness and static control. Consumers also enjoy this line's pleasant but subtle scent options, which range from fruity and herbal to "clean." Gain Ultra Liquid requires less than an ounce of liquid per average-sized load of laundry.
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Seventh Generation Free & Clear Natural Fabric Softener
Seventh Generation Free & Clear Natural Fabric Softener

Eco-friendly fabric softener

Fragrance- and dye-free, Seventh Generation's Free & Clear Natural Fabric Softener is a good pick for those with sensitive skin. While most reviewers say Seventh Generation softens fabric just fine, others say it doesn't decrease static quite as well as Gain Ultra Liquid. Nevertheless, Seventh Generation maintains a large fan base. Many consumers strongly stand behind this product's natural formula -- it's made of non-toxic ingredients like plant oils -- saying it leaves their clothes soft and sufficiently static-free.
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Bounce Original Dryer Sheets
Bounce Original Dryer Sheets

Best dryer sheets

Less expensive than liquid fabric softeners, dryer sheets are also simpler to use. You don't have to worry about spilling or timing, you simply add one sheet to the dryer and you're done. However, comparison reviews show that dryer sheets generally fall short of liquid fabric softener when it comes to softening fabrics and controlling static. Among dryer sheets, both professional and consumer reviewers overwhelmingly praise Bounce Original Dryer Sheets as better than others, giving this product excellent ratings for softness, scent and static control.
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Method Squeaky Green Dryer Cloths - Free & Clear
Method Squeaky Green Dryer Cloths - Free & Clear

Eco-friendly dryer sheets

Made of all-natural wood fibers, these cloths work like regular dryer sheets. But Method dryer sheets use plant oils, not animal-derived or petroleum chemicals. And they're biodegradable; once you've finished using a sheet, it can go into your compost bin. Method Squeaky Green Dryer Cloths in Free & Clear are fragrance- and dye-free. Many users report using one Method cloth for two loads of laundry, saying this has significantly reduced their household expenses.
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