What Happens If You Put Fabuloso In The Washing Machine?

Commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms, Fabuloso is a great product to have in your cleaning cupboard because of its all-purpose formulation. You can even use it in your trash can to create a fresh scent rather than an unpleasant one. When it comes to whether you can use it in your laundry, though, the answer is a little more complicated.

According to the Fabuloso website, the product can be used on a variety of hard surfaces, including walls and flooring. However, though the inside of a washing machine is technically a hard surface, the clothes that go inside of it definitely aren't. Plus, as with any potent cleaning product, you should always double-check whether using it elsewhere is safe before jumping in. There are both benefits and drawbacks to adding a capful of the popular cleaning product to your machine drawer, and we've laid them all out in detail — here's exactly what might happen when you use Fabuloso to wash your clothes.

The cleaning product could be too strong to use for laundry

Because it isn't intended to be heated up, putting Fabuloso in your washing machine could be a no-go. Depending on the cycle, your washing machine heats up to properly wash the clothes within, which could then have a negative effect on the Fabuloso. In addition to this, though the harsh chemicals the cleaning agent contains are what make it work so well and smell so nice, they aren't so great for skin. When they're released into your clothing, these chemicals could act as a potential skin irritant, and can cause rashes as well as general discomfort. 

Fabuloso has a strong scent, which is great for when you're using it to clean your bathroom, but not so much when you're washing clothes. If you only like specific smells and prefer your laundry to emerge clean but scentless, we recommend avoiding adding the do-it-all cleaning product to your machine. Finally, due to its ability to cut through grease and grime, it may ruin your more delicate items of clothing, not to mention leave stains behind akin to bleach marks.

Always do your own research when switching up the products you use

Nevertheless, there are also some potential benefits to using Fabuloso in the washing machine. Fabuloso itself recommends adding one to two capfuls into the drawer where you would usually put fabric softener alongside your regular laundry detergent. The brand particularly recommends it for bedding to get it sparkling clean. As a product, it's pH neutral, so in theory, it shouldn't damage your clothing (of course, this will depend on the item). It's a low foam product, too, so it won't cause heaps of bubbles or leave your clothes soaking wet after a cycle. 

Moreover, as its formulation will eliminate germs, it could be a good option if you want to sanitize some clothing items worn for dirty work. Additionally, Fabuloso is affordable, and a bottle won't run out quickly. Overall, if you're prone to irritation, dislike strong smells, and are worried about staining, Fabuloso might not be the best choice for laundry. However, if you are intrigued, test it out on some old clothes first in case of any mishaps. This way, you won't end up with ruined clothing.