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How To Use Liquid Fabric Softeners

Fabrics just feel better when you use Downy Fabric Conditioner. Downy infuses clothes with wonderful softness, freshness, protection and even better- it's easy to use. But- how you use it depends on what kind of washing machine you have.

How to Use Liquid Fabric Conditionericon

Using a front-loader?

It’s easy to add Downy to your front-loading washing machine. Just follow these steps:

1. Measure: Use the cap to measure the recommended amount of Downy.*

2. Add: Pour Downy into your washer’s automatic Softener Dispenser Tray.

3. Enjoy: Let Downy do its thing, making fabrics look, feel, and smell better.**

Got a top-loader?

Well, good news—Downy works great in standard top-loading washing machines, too!

1. Measure: use the cap to measure the recommended amount of Downy.*

2. Add: Pour Downy into the dispenser, usually found on the central column.

3. Enjoy: Downy is released during the spin cycle to soften and freshen fabrics.

What about an automatic 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 conditioner is dispensed evenly throughout the water to soften and protect your fabrics from stretching, fading, and fuzz.

What if I don’t have a dispenser?

Don’t worry! Adding fabric softener without a dispenser is easy. The trick is knowing when to add fabric softener to the washing machine. It’s important to add Downy during the rinse cycle, because the wash cycle can clean away the fabric softener. Just be sure to pour it into water pockets, avoiding direct contact with clothes, to prevent any chance of stains.

Or give the Downy Ball® a go!

When using the Downy Ball dispenser, add Downy to the fill line, pull the ring tight to close the lid, and toss the ball into the machine at the beginning of the load. The spinning action of the washer’s chamber during the rinse cycle will pop open the ball’s lid, and the fabric conditioner releases automatically. However, you should not use the Downy Ball in a front-loading washing machine.

*see the back of your bottle for dosing instructions
**versus using detergent alone

Did you know?

Downy helps protect your clothes from 50 mph spinning in your washing machine.

Downy helps protect your clothes from 60 times the G Force of a space rocket launch.

Downy helps protect your clothes from a dryer hot enough to cook ribs.