Liquid Fabric Softener vs. Dryer Sheets. Fabric softeners. They keep your clothes feeling soft and static free. And, many enjoy breathing in their fresh scent. But, what exactly is the difference between the two types of softeners, and is one a better alternative than the other? How does fabric softener work?Homemade Dryer Sheets! Life hack alert! If you have one dryer sheet left, but several loads to do, simply cut your dryer sheets in half (or in quarters). Store-bought dryer sheets usually have enough fabric softener for two regular loads! You won't be able to tell the difference in your clothes, and in fact will be tempted to use this money ...Why we like it: These dryer sheets contain the same softening effects as the original Bounce dryer sheets, but pays special attention to laundry-doers with sensitive skin. These sheets are gentle on your clothes and hypoallergenic! Bounce continues to prove it is a leader in the world of fabric softener dryer sheets with this latest product. Fabric softeners are used in either the liquid form that is added to washing machines or as sheets placed in clothes dryers. According to Nathan Schiff, of Schiff-Consulting.com, fabric softeners work because cationic surfactants (ingredients in the softeners) chemically modify the surface of the fabric and the way it feels to the touch.Why you must consider new dryer sheet & fabric softener alternatives and dryer sheets: Because they are toxic. And I'll get into just how toxic in a moment. But even if the whole dangerous chemical thing wasn't an issue, finding fabric softener alternatives is easy on your wallet. And just… well, easy.