A warning featured on the packaging of Lenor products has sparked confusion and worry among parents in recent weeks.
The revelation came after a mum shared a picture of Lenor’s Spring Awakening fabric softener warning on social media. Many parents said it was “scary”.
Leah Reilly uploaded her discovery on Facebook alongside a picture with the warning. The post racked up more than 4,000 comments and 12,000 shares from worried parents.
Leah said: “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!!!!!”
Offering a more detailed explanation, one grateful commenter added: “It rids the flame retardant off items after so long, so in a house fire you will have half or even less than half the time to get out of the house before everything that everyone sprays Lenor on is ablaze.
“It’s scary I don’t know why people are even joking about this.”
But some people pointed out that there was nothing to “panic” about.
The commenter said: “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.”
The Lenor warning on the back of the bottle reads: “Liquid fabric softener can increase fabric flammability. Using more than recommended can increase this effect.
“Do not use this product on children’s sleepwear or garments labelled as flame resistant as it may reduce flame resistance, or on garments made with fluffier fabrics, such as fleece, velour, chenille and terry cloth.”
A spokesperson for Lenor told Fabulous Digital that the ingredients in Lenor are not flammable and “are safe to use” as long as the instructions are followed accordingly.
The spokesperson added: “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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