No softener on underwear

Dear Heloise: I purchased a package of 100 percent cotton underwear. I noticed the label said “Do not use fabric softener.” Who wants scratchy underwear? Why is this, and how does it hurt the garment if used? — Mary in Ohio

Such a curiosity, huh? There is a valid reason manufacturers put this on the label. Both liquid softener and dryer sheets “coat” fabrics and diminish the wicking (moisture-moving) ability of the fabric, even 100 percent cotton.

Use minimal detergent so the soap rinses out well, and tumble dry. Your undies should be soft and comfortable.

Other fabrics where fabric softener shouldn’t go? Microfiber, athletic (workout) wear, flame-resistant clothing, water-repellent fabrics and towels. — Heloise

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