Ultra Downy Fabric Softener Product Review

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Downy Fabric Softener is used to reduce static in synthetic fabrics and soften natural fibers. It also leaves a significant fragrance in laundry. Be sure to read all package instructions and warnings before using.

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Pros of Ultra Downy Fabric Softener

  • Softens natural fabrics and reduces static.
  • Available in multiple formulas and fragrances.
  • Bottle contains 25 percent or more post-consumer plastics.

    Cons of Ultra Downy Fabric Softener

    • Some formulas are highly perfumed.
    • Lessens flame retardance in some garments and fabrics.
    • Can cause washer malfunction if dispensers are not cleaned regularly.

    More About Ultra Downy Fabric Softener

    • Fabric softener available in multiple formulas and fragrances.
    • Softens natural fibers and reduces static in synthetic fibers.
    • Manufactured by Procter and Gamble, Inc.

    Ultra Downy Fabric Softener Product Ingredients

    • Water -process aid
    • diethyl ester dimethyl ammonium chloride - softening agent
    • Fragrance
    • Starch - structuring agent
    • Ammonium chloride - chlorine scavenger
    • Calcium chloride - process aid
    • Formic acid - pH modifier
    • Polydimethylsiloxane - anti-foam agent
    • Liquitint™ Blue - colorant
    • Benzisothiazolinone - preservative
    • diethylenetriamine pentaacetate, sodium salt - chelate metals in product

    The bottle contains 25 percent or more post-consumer recycled plastic and can be recycled.

    There is a convenient narrow window on the handle side of the bottle to indicate how much product is still available.

    Product warnings include how to remove spotting caused by Downy if the product does not disperse well in the rinse water. There is also a warning that liquid fabric softener can increase fabric flammability.

    Do not use Downy or any fabric softener on children's sleepwear or garments labeled as flame resistant. It may reduce flame resistance. Do not use Downy on garments made with fluffier fabrics such as fleece, velour, chenille or terry cloth. Excessive use can reduce moisture absorbency in clothing and towels.

    Product Review And Laundry Recommendations for Ultra Downy Fabric Softener

    Procter and Gamble's Downy Fabric Softener should be a familiar brand name on store shelves. Introduced in 1960, it has remained one of the company's leading performers.

    The Downy name is applied to several forms of fabric care in stores and on Amazon.com - liquid fabric softenerdryer sheetsfabric deodorant and as a wrinkle releaser. Downy also offers the Downy Ball as a laundry aid for despensing the fabric softener in washers that don't have an automatic fabric softener dispenser.

    Downy is offered in several scents and different formulas - Ultra Downy, Downy Infusions, Free & Gentle and Downy with Febreze.

    I tested Ultra Downy April Fresh liquid. It is compatible for all washers including high-efficiency (he) models. Since I do not have a washer with a fabric softener dispenser, I added it to the final rinse.

    If you have a dispenser, shake the Downy well and measure to the desired amount as marked in the flower petal shaped cap. Pour the fabric softener into the dispenser and top off with water. To keep your washer working well, be sure to clean the dispenser regularly. If Downy freezes or thickens, dissolve it first in a capful of water before using.

    Downy April Fresh left a noticeable fragrance to my laundry and did reduce static in the dryer with synthetic fabrics.

    I am not a huge fan of commercial fabric softeners because of the problems they can cause. I prefer to use baking soda or distilled white vinegar to soften laundry. If you still feel you need a commercial fabric softener, Downy softens well and adds plenty of fragrance.

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