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Is it ok to use fabric softener sheets with the

Is it ok to use fabric softener sheets with the new samsung steam dryer I bought or do I need liquid to be added to the wash?

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Use the liquid. The sheets will clog up any exhaust pipe or other parts in the dryer. If you live where you vent through the roof, definitely don't use the fabric sheets.

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