OTHER than quickly checking the instructions, most of us happily chuck our clothes in the machine with some fabric softener without ever thinking twice.
However, one mum has highlighted the potentially life-threatening risks of dousing your children's clothes in Lenor – and her discovery has left countless parents horrified.
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After reading the small print of the back of a bottle of Lenor's Spring Awakening Fabric Softener, the mum wrote on Facebook: "Never seen this before but all mums need to know DO NOT PUT THIS ON YOUR KIDS SLEEPWEAR!
"Look there's a f**king warning on the back of the bottle!"
Underneath the product's ingredients, the Lenor warning reads: "Liquid fabric softener can increase fabric flammability. Using more than recommended can increase this affect."
The brand then goes on to warn against using softener on "children's sleepwear or garments labelled as flame resistant as it may reduce flame resistance."
The mum's warning has since racked up more than 4,000 comments and 12,000 shares from equally horrified parents.
Offering more insight into how fabric softener affects how flame resistant a piece of clothing is, one user replied: "It rids the flame retardant off items after so long.
"So in a house fire you will half or even less than half the time to get out of the house before everything that everyone sprays Lenor on is ablaze."
Another added: "It means that if you catch fire, it'll burn faster. There's no spontaneous combustion or anything… so let's not cause panic here."
A spokesperson for Lenor told Fabulous Digital: "The safety of those who use our products is our number one priority, which is why we have proactively added this warning to our packaging. All fabric softeners may increase the risk of flammability of certain fabrics and garments.
"While fabric softeners can increase the fluffiness of cotton-containing fabrics, they can also increase the flammability of these types of fabrics, which is why we would recommend fabric softener is not used on children’s sleepwear, on any garments labelled as flame resistant, or garments made with fabrics such as fleece, velour, chenille and terry cloth. The ingredients in Lenor softeners are not flammable, and are safe to use so long as the package label instructions are followed."
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