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I keep hearing raves about Downy Advanced - especially from line driers. It keeps things soft. So I did some poking around the Downy Site. Heres a small exerpt.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Ultra Downy Advanced is a liquid fabric softener that penetrates deep into fibers to reduce wrinkles. While heat can dull color, Ultra Downy Advanced coats and protects fibers and reduces dulling chlorine in the wash to help keep colors bright. Ultra Downy Advanced also leaves cotton more absorbent than traditional fabric softeners. With Ultra Downy Advanced, your clothing is ready to wear, which leaves you ready to live!</td>
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So I undertand that this softener isn't the typical fabric softener devil in disguise. One of its big selling points is that it 'leaves cotton more absorbant.' At first, I thought that meant DA will make my diapers more absorbant than if I hadn't used a fabric softener. No, that is not the claim. Instead, the Downy Advanced claim is <span style="color:#FF0000;">'Ultra Downy Advanced also leaves cotton more absorbent than traditional fabric softeners.'</span> That leads me to believe that Downy advanced is not AS bad as regular Fabric Softeners. It just doesn't coat you diapers as much as regular fabric softener. I still don't think it would be good to use; especially when it claims Downy Advanced <span style="color:#FF0000;">'coats and protects fibers'</span>.<br><br>
I know that is it popular among some mamas here. So I was just wondering if there is something about this product that I am missing. Does it really work that well?<br><br>
I'm not trying to be condecending to those who do use DA, but I thought that ALL fabric softener was a big NO-NO.
 

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All fabric softener IS a big no no with regular use at full amounts and especially on any synthetics or sleepwear at all.<br>
However, if you use about half or less of the recommended amount and don't use it in every wash, and only use it on the natural fiber items, Advance will not ruin your diapers or significantly reduce their absorbancy.<br>
It will, on the other hand, make your diapers WREEK of perfume and softening agent. (If you only use a little bit, it won't be sooo bad, but it is pretty strong stuff.)
 

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I got some new CPFs and they are much softer than my older ones (I think just washing them/high heat makes them less soft). Anyway, I'm finding that I don't even <i>like</i> really soft prefolds-- too hard ro get a snug fit! It was a relief to realize that because I was getting tempted to try DA.
 

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It's not for everyone. I would not have sought to use it if not for my terry cloth dipes getting rough from our hard water and just lots of washing. They looked almost nappy when I tried to find out why they were getting so rough. The DA relaxed their weave quite a bit and made them soft again. I've also been using Calgon for a couple months now, and the dipes are totally stripped as far as I can tell, of residue. The last load I did not use DA in and the dipes were still soft. I think I'll only use it when I notice they are getting scratchy again. As far as it affecting their performance-- I use ME OS which are not known for their absorbency. However the DA did not affect them *at all* as far as I could tell. I am hoping they'll come out with an unscented version sometime soon.<br><br>
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I like DA a lot for our ubcpf's. However, I don't use it every wash and I only use a few drops. I like the scent<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I guess I'm weird that way cuz I know a lot of people <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> the smell, lol!
 

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I used DA once. The problem I had was when drying the diapers. I dry on high heat and man the smell when I opened the dryer door was horrible. It was like burning chemicals. Never used it since that.
 
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