Most fabric softeners list Di-hydrogenated Tallow Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride in their ingredients which is the jargon for ammonium mixed with animal fat procured from cattle – mainly, sheep, and horses.
The substance is obtained by boiling animal carcasses obtained from farms, labs, slaughterhouses, roadkill, and shelters. This component is also present in certain detergents. It covers the surface of the fabric with a layer of fats to make it softer.
Fabric softeners are loaded with many more potentially harmful chemicals and fragrances that may even trigger allergies. As the risks far outweigh the benefits, it’s best to chuck softeners out of regular use in your household. But if you still wish to, choose from a range of natural alternatives.
The awareness about using vegan products is spreading but is not acknowledged enough. It starts from home and what can be more basic than incorporating goodness while doing laundry?