Some people I have to do with frequently call music that plays in radio "Weichspülmusik", like
Diese Weichspülmusik möchte ich jetzt nicht hören.
I always wonder what that means. Can anyone please clarify?
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In German "Weichspüler" is a fabric conditioner. In TV commercials they always have a very smooth and soft music to underline the softness of fabric after being treated with their product.
Here is an example for this.
Whenever people refer to "Weichspülmusik" they mean this kind of mainstream but very soft music. Another saying for similar music is "Kaufhausmusik" (music being played in shopping centers to make people buy more) and "Fahrstuhlmusik" (elevator music).