Definition of fabric softener in US English:

fabric softener


  • Liquid used to soften clothes when they are being washed, or specially treated squares of cloth used to soften clothes in the dryer.

    • ‘Does the Spring really smell any different from the Summer, and if so, did Mother Nature intend for them to become the basis for separate fabric conditioners?’
    • ‘About half of all advertisements show pictures of children - wiping their bottoms with the gentlest lavatory paper, wrapped in towels made soft by fabric conditioner, running in a field made free by some insurance scheme.’
    • ‘There are some fabric softeners that besides softening clothes also claim to make ironing easier whereas some claim to make clothes dry faster.’
    • ‘The chemicals are legally permitted and used in a wide variety of products such as washing-up liquid and fabric conditioners.’
    • ‘He reckons fabric conditioner is environmentally-unfriendly, so the towels are so stiff you can snap them in half like a Salada biscuit.’
    • ‘Among the banned chemicals are artificial musks used to scent detergents and washing-up liquids and poisonous phthalates - solvents used in polishes and fabric conditioners.’