Fabric softeners are used to reduce static electricity in synthetic fabrics. They have no effect on linen made of natural fibres.

Healthy alternatives

Dryer balls or sheets – soften laundry in a 100% natural way

Brand nameProduct description
AlpagAdoreDrying balls (Quebec)
Belle à croquerWool balls for the dryer (Quebec)


Brand nameProduct description
AttitudeFabric Softener, fragrance-free
EchocleanFabric Softener Sheets
EcomaxFabric Softener
Nature CleanFabric Softener, fragrance-free
Seventh GenerationLiquid Fabric Softener, Free and Clear

With fragrances (essential oils)

Brand nameProduct description
BiovertFabric Softener
GreenshieldOrganic Fabric Softener, Lavender


Vinegar can replace fabric softener by helping to remove lingering odours from your laundry.

In a container, mix 250 ml of white vinegar with 500 ml of water (preferably distilled) and add a few drops of essential oil if you wish.

When you stir, add this mixture (about 70 ml) to the softener compartment.

You will find more information on this site: Bren Did.

Ingredients to avoid in products you choose

  • Ammonia: irritant and corrosive to the skin, eyes and respiratory and digestive tract
  • Quaternary ammonium: possible carcinogen (through formaldehyde release), skin and respiratory irritant and sensitizer
  • Dyes (coal tar): carcinogen, skin sensitizer, photosensitizer
  • Imidazolidinyl: possible carcinogen (by release of formaldehyde)
  • Synthetic fragrances: allergens