Cleaning fans say fabric softener is their must-have item & they use for everything from banish dust to scent their pad

THOUGHT fabric softener could just be used to make clothes soft and smell fresh? Think again. 

Savvy cleaning fanatics have been raving that it is a must-have item, and can be used to spruce up all areas of the home, from banishing dust to adding to reed diffusers.

Cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch showed her fans how she uses fabric softener to leave her kitchen sink gleaming and smelling of laundry. 

To do this, she puts the plug in her sink before placing her dish rack inside and adds two caps of her favourite fabric softener.

Meanwhile, other households have been putting the product in their toilets, to tackle any odours. 

Here are eight ways fabric softener is the key item needed to transform your home….

Radiators to scent the home

People have been using fabric softener diluted in warm water to leave their radiators and skirting boards looking pristine.

One woman shared her before and after photos, and said the product left her home smelling incredible. 

She wrote: “Used fabric softener on an old dirty radiator- it smells delicious and looks so shiny and almost new. Can’t believe stuff like this works!”

Banishing dust

TikTok user Clean Queen shared her very easy hack to prevent dust from collecting on your skirting boards, and all you’ll need is fabric softener.

Explaining the hack, she wrote: “Pour some fabric softener on to a cloth and wipe.

“This will stop them from getting dirty so quickly.”

The cleaning fanatic explained to Fabulous Digital that not only will it prevent the build up of dust but the tip will also keep your home smelling amazing.


Without any shadow of a doubt – cleaning the toilet is by far the most tedious and grotty household chore.

But when you're done scrubbing away at the bowl with bleach, the last thing you want to do is start tackling the tank at the back of your loo.

That said, it doesn't have to be such an unpleasant chore – as cleaning-mad mums have started pouring fabric softener into the back of their toilets to make it smell fresh with every flush.

Raving about the hack on Instagram, one American user advised "pouring a cup [230ml] of laundry detergent in the tank of the toilet" which will then sink to the bottom.

They wrote: "Each time you flush, a sweet aroma will be released in the tank, and the whole bathroom will smell amazing."


We use our front doors frequently, and dirt can build up over time with them being exposed to the elements. 

One woman said: “So I heard that fabric softener was good for cleaning your radiator so I thought what else would it clean so I tried it on my front door.”

Her cleaning attempt looked to be a resounding success, as the door looked as good as new after using the product. 

Freshen cushions

In a video on TikTok, a teacher called Mina shared how she had created a cleaning spray at home using a mix of three different laundry products.

The clip shows the woman combining Lenor Gold Orchid Fabric Conditioner, Comfort Blue Skies Fabric Conditioner and Lenor Spring Awakening In-Wash Scent Booster, as well as water.

She then shakes the mixture together in an old Febreze bottle.

Finally, she uses the spray to freshen up some fluffy cushions in her living room.

In reed diffuser

As much as we love scattering candles and reed diffusers around our homes, there's no denying that it can be an expensive habit to maintain.

Well rather than forking out £10 (or more!) on a new reed diffuser every other month, one cleaning fan is using fabric softener as a purse-friendly alternative.

 TikTok user Nic shared her life hack in a viral video which has racked up over 10,700 "likes".

She captioned the clip: "Don't bin your reed diffusers!"

Instead, the cleaning fan poured a few capfuls of Lenor's Sparkling Bloom and Yellow Poppy scent into the empty jar and topped it up with water.

After this, she place the sticks back into the jar and claims the DIY mixtures makes her room smell heavenly.

Oven racks

Many people are left despairing when grime builds up inside their ovens – but perhaps fabric softener is the answer. 

Many homeowners have been raving about the results they achieved by leaving their oily racks to soak in a sink of the product. 

One woman shared a photo of her sparkly oven racks and said: “I actually HATE cleaning my oven racks.

“Saw a tip for soaking them in hot water with fabric softener & thought it was worth a shot….It works like a dream!! 

“The burnt on grease just came off so easily with a gentle wipe using a scourer. Game changer!”


You may not realise how filthy your rugs are until you give them a soak in the bath. 

And adding fabric softener can help to leave them glossy and soft after their wash. 

To get the full effect, people advise washing them in bubble bath, and then rubbing in fabric softener, before leaving them to soak for 30 minutes. 

For more incredible cleaning hacks, this mum has shared her £1 B&M cleaning hack which can remove any stain out of a white shirt in seconds.

And this mum transformed her filthy kitchen hob in minutes using a £1 spray from B&M.

Plus this mum used Mrs Hinch's favourite products to get her filthy washing machine drawer sparkling – and they only cost £4.

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