One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A substance or device that softens something, especially a fabric softener.
- ‘For a natural fabric softener, soak garments overnight in a solution of one part vinegar to three parts water, then rinse well in clear water before washing.’
- ‘Modern household softeners have an automatic backwash or regeneration cycle to clean off the salt and allow it to resume its task.’
- ‘It's not true that colouring causes loss of hair and leaves the hair dry - with use of correct shampoos and softeners, you can keep your hair healthy.’
- ‘Bubble gums are made of sugar, corn syrup, flavours, softeners and latex or plastic.’
- ‘Residues from fabric softeners, as well as the fragrances commonly used in them, can be irritating to susceptible people.’
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