YOU WANT TO KNOW why millennials aren’t buying fabric softener? It isn’t for environmental reasons. It’s because we have to prioritize our finances. Most of us have to scrape together just enough money to pay rent, student loans, car payments, groceries and gas, that we don’t have money to buy things that aren’t immediately necessary. Fabric softener is something our parents used that we never really gave much thought to.
Detergent cleans our clothing (which is mostly washed on a communal washing machine in an apartment or dorm) and with cheap detergent too. We have more important things to spend our money on than a liquid that will make our clothes smell like the right type of ocean breeze.
But do you want to know why we Millennials can’t prioritize fabric softener? Because our parents and theirs ruined the economy, the housing market and raised the costs of tuition without significantly raising workers wages to match the rise in prices.
My dad always used to tell me “ I bought my first car in college for $700 by myself and all I did was get a summer job working at the video store”. We that’s all fine and good, but the world is a different place now. It’s the place you made it. I have to put 50+ applications out to get two job call backs maybe. A decent car costs at the very least 1800 on Craigslist and even that’s on the low side. Rent for a one bedroom apartment is now $900 in my state but that’s also my monthly salary.
I know you like to rant about our texting and social media use and how we don’t like to roll in the mud and play stick ball like you guys used to, but stop for a second and think about how life and times change. Think about the fact that YOUR generation were the ones that invented the technology that you despise. We don’t have the time or money to worry about fabric softener when we are looking up how much money we can make selling blood so we can make rent every month. Thanks.