Do you know what I hate? I hate opening the dryer and realizing too late that I forgot to put a fabric softener sheet in with my laundry. I've even been known to throw a sheet in with dry clothes and set the dryer for 15 minutes just to get rid of the static cling. But until recently, like many creature comforts of my modern life, I really never stopped to ask, "How does it work?" In a nutshell, fabric softeners (both liquid and dryer sheets) work by coating the surface of the cloth fibers with a thin layer of film designed to make your clothing feel smoother and prevent buildup of static electricity. Also, they smell nice. In some cases, however, using fabric softener can actually hinder the performance of certain items. Especially with cotton, coating fibers in fabric softener chemicals can reduce the water absorption properties of the fabric. For instance, most all-cotton towels become naturally softer with repeated washings and using fabric softener will make them less absorbent. Medelita scrubs are made with a very special performance drirelease® cotton fabric with FreshGuard®. What this means is that the fabric itself is moisture-wicking, quick drying, and soft. Drirelease® yarns pull moisture away from the skin and help to regulate skin temperature, minimizing sweat and discomfort. FreshGuard® is bacteriostatic; it neutralizes and inhibits the growth of bacterial odors. The patented formula is applied at the yarn level, so they are permanent and last the lifetime of the garment. They are also completely environmentally friendly. However, like towels, using fabric softener on your Medelita scrubs can make the fabric less effective. Because fabric softener coats clothing, it can clog the weave of our performance fabric, basically creating a layer between you and the yarn and stopping it from doing all of the amazing things it was designed to do. Because our scrubs fabric dries so quickly, you only need to put them in the dryer for a short amount of time. If you don't have time to dry your scrubs separately, we recommend removing your scrubs from the dryer after 10-15 minutes and then adding a dryer sheet to the rest of the laundry if you want to. This quick and simple adjustment will guarantee that your Medelita scrubs keep you dry, comfortable, and fresh for as long as you own them.