Sheets made out of bamboo are popular choices for people who want to sleep on something softer and more luxurious. But can you use fabric softener on bamboo rayon?
As part of our series on care for bamboo sheets, this article explains why you need not do so.
How Do Fabric Softeners Work?
Fabric softeners typically contain chemicals like anionic surfactants, cationic surfactants, and quaternary ammonium compounds. These materials are commonly found in detergents because they help reduce static electricity or make fabrics feel softer after being dried.
Fabric conditioners coat the outside and bind to the fabric with electrically charged chemicals making the thread stand up, giving it a softer feel and a lubricating effect. Laundry softeners are intended to add a pleasant fragrance and an antistatic effect to clothes in the dryer.
Many People Wrongly Believe that Sheets Made Out of Bamboo Require Laundry Softener
Many people mistakenly think that you need to use a fabric conditioner on bamboo rayon. The reason is that after a wash, bamboo viscose feels stiff while it is still damp. However, this is perfectly natural and typical of even the best rated bamboo sheets. Nevertheless, we recommend that you do not use any laundry softener on sheets made out of bamboo.
Why Bamboo Rayon Does Not Need Fabric Softener
Regardless of how stiff it feels, you should simply allow the bamboo viscose to dry completely after washing. Whether you are washing your bamboo sheets for the first time before use or not, you may dry it either by hanging on the clothesline or with the help of a spin dryer. When the bamboo fabric has dried completely, it returns to being extremely soft. This all happens naturally without any help from fabric conditioners.
Some people wonder about the difference between bamboo rayon and bamboo viscose. The terms can actually be used interchangeably. Find out more about them here.
The Benefits of Not Using Fabric Softener on Your Bamboo Viscose
There are many benefits to not using fabric conditioner on sheets made out of bamboo. For instance, you may save time, money, and effort from not having to buy any laundry softener at all. There are also several health benefits because fabric softeners can trigger allergy symptoms, headaches, asthma, and dermatitis. Additionally, there are environmental benefits because fabric conditioners may contain glutaraldehyde, which is toxic to marine life.
Take care of your bamboo fabric and it will pamper you for many years. Bamboo rayon is exceedingly soft when it is completely dry and drapes snugly around your body. While king-size bamboo sheets are the most popular among couples, other size categories are also available. We wish you and your family blissful slumber all night, every night.