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5 More Things To Do with Fabric Softener

Clean up hairspray, wipe away hard-water stains, create your own fabric softener sheets and more fabulous home tips with these handy, DIY things to do with fabric softener. 

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5 Things To Do with Fabric Softener

Think fabric softener is just for laundry? Think again. Whether you need to remove wallpaper or simply clean off some baked-on casserole, these five things to do with fabric softener make it a standby for all your homecare needs.

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Things To Do with Fabric Softener: Remove Old Wallpaper

Removing old wallpaper is a snap, and one of many things to do with fabric softener. Just stir 1 capful liquid softener into 1 litre water and sponge the solution onto the wallpaper. Let it soak in for 20 minutes, then scrape the paper from the wall. If the wallpaper has a water-resistant coating, score it with a wire-bristle brush before treating with the fabric softener solution.

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Alternative Uses for Fabric Softener: Remove Hair-Spray Residue

Dried-on hair spray can be tough to remove from walls and mirrors, but even a build-up of residue is no match when you use 1 part liquid fabric softener to 2 parts water. Stir to blend, pour into a spray bottle, squirt the surface and polish it with a dry cloth.

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New Uses for Fabric Softener: Float Away Baked-On Grime

Don’t scrub. Instead, soak burned-on foods from casseroles using fabric softener. Fill the casserole with water, add a squirt of liquid fabric softener and soak for an hour or until the residue wipes easily away.

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Another Use for Fabric Softener: Remove Hard-Water Stains

Yet another new sue for fabric softener is removing nasty hard-water stains. Dab full-strength liquid fabric softener onto the stains and let it soak for 10 minutes. Then wipe the softener and stain off the glass with a damp cloth and rinse thoroughly.

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One More Use for Fabric Softener: Make Your Own Fabric Softener Sheets

Another great way to use fabric softener is making your own drier sheets to save money. Just moisten an old facecloth with 1 teaspoon liquid softener and put it into the tumble drier with your next load.

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