Infused with wonderful softness and freshness, fabrics just feel better when they’re laundered in Ultra Downy® or Downy Infusions™ liquid fabric softener. Not only does it make your fabrics feel better, but Downy liquid fabric softener also reduces static cling and wrinkles for overall better wear—from blouses and socks to blankets and sheets.
Even better, fabric softener is easy to use. But how you use it depends on what kind of washing machine you have—top or front loading.
For Top-Loading Machines
If you have a top-loading machine, there are three ways you can add liquid fabric softener to your laundry loads.
Automatic Machine Dispenser:
If you have an automatic machine dispenser (a cup-like device in the central column), simply measure the correct amount of Downy using the fill lines in the lid and pour it into the dispenser at the same time you add detergent.
During the spin cycle, as the water level rises, the softener is dispensed evenly throughout the water to soften and smooth your fabrics, reduce static cling, and add a fresh, light scent.
If you’re using the Downy Ball dispenser, just measure your detergent, fill the ball, pull the ring tight to close the lid, and toss it in at the beginning of each load. During the rinse cycle, the spinning action of the chamber will release the lid, and dispense the fabric softener.
If you don’t have an automatic dispenser or ball, simply add your fabric softener in by hand during the rinse cycle. Some machines will make a sound to alert you that the cycles are changing from wash to rinse. With other machines, you’ll know by the dial.
If you’re adding fabric softener by hand, be sure not to add it during the wash cycle. The wash cycle will clean away much of the softener. Also, try to avoid direct contact with fabrics to avoid stains. Instead, pour Downy into the deeper pockets of water.
For HE Front-Loading Machines
If you have an HE front-loading washer, your machine has a built-in automatic dispenser, and you can add Downy fabric softener right when you add your laundry detergent. (All Downy fabric softeners are 100% compatible with HE front-loading washers.)
First, using the fill lines in the Downy cap, measure the amount of softener you need. Next, locate your dispenser tray. In most front-loading machines, that’s near where you add your detergent and bleach—but each machine is designed differently, so be sure to check labels carefully.
Then, simply close the tray to begin the load. During the rinse cycle, your machine will wash water up into the dispenser. Your fabric softener will then be released to infuse your fabrics with softness and freshness.
Note: Be sure not to use the Downy Ball in your HE front-loader. Check your machine’s care guide to see whether the manufacturer recommends using any separate dispensers in your front-loader.
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