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

AlpagAdore – Drying balls (Quebec)

Belle à croquer – Wool balls for the dryer (Quebec)


Attitude – Fabric Softener, fragrance-free

Echoclean – Fabric Softener Sheets

Ecomax – Fabric Softener

Nature Clean – Fabric Softener, fragrance-free

Seventh Generation – Liquid Fabric Softener, Free and Clear

With fragrances (essential oils)

Biovert – Fabric Softener

Greenshield – Organic 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

  • 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