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Can You Really Make Homemade Fabric Softener?

Updated on August 1, 2016
Three Simple Ingredients Are Needed To Make Homemade Fabric Softener!
Three Simple Ingredients Are Needed To Make Homemade Fabric Softener! | Source

Homemade Fabric Softener is Safer, Makes for Amazing Savings, and it is a Clothes Conditioner that does a Great Job

Homemade dryer sheets can be made by wetting a washcloth with a bit of liquid fabric softener and hanging to dry. They can even be stored several at a time for later use. There are many web sites with advice on various ways of doing so.

This hub, however, is about making homemade fabric softener for conditioning clothes, rather than about using store bought fabric softener to make your own dryer sheets.

Once you think it through, and take a close look at the cost comparison, it doesn't take long to see that the benefits of making fabric softener at home are significant.

So, if you've ever wondered if its truly possible or actually worth it, answer the question of whether you can really make homemade fabric softener and learn how to make a recipe in this hub!

Why Make Homemade Fabric Softener?

One main reason is that many of the fragrances used in products that we buy (perfumes, air fresheners, household cleaners, and soaps) can be quite toxic. You might like to check into info about this topic beginning with this site from the government, then at Global Campaign for Recognition of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, along with a list of harmful ingredients that our personal care products can contain at this site.

After some research it made sense that using brand name dryer sheets to repel mosquitoes, wasps, and gnats really works. It also explained why some of my friends suffer so much when they go out in public. This is serious-for-health stuff and it is much more important than the savings I maintain from using a home made fabric softener. We all need to pay attention to these concerns and do what we can to avoid the risks.

All that aside, the savings can be tremendous. I don’t have an exact cost run down per load but I paid approximately $4.25 to make 3 gallons of this fabric softener. Nor do I have an estimate of how long a single batch of this lasts because laundry loads vary, but it will last me a very long time the way I use it. It is so inexpensive and long-lasting that it would be a waste of time to try to perfectly pin down those details.

No More Running Down To The Riverside To Do Laundry!
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Fabric Softener in the News

Since posting my Homemade Laundry Detergent hub a news article about the EU fining major laundry detergent companies for price fixing caused me to expand my thinking about homemade household products.

The name brand companies charge an extreme price for their products. Think about it, everyone uses laundry detergent so why do they pay so much for advertising and then pass those costs on to us? Hmmm...

Another issue is that they use the money they make from my purchases to support causes that I do not personally want to support. The details about those causes are a completely different hub topic, but if for no other reason, this one would compel me to use my own laundry products rather than pay for theirs.

There are a lot of concerns about some of the objectives these companies have, but I’m in no mood nor do I have the time to search out the details and think them through well enough to do a report on them. The point of this hub is that there is a healthy recipe for homemade fabric softener that can be used in the manner that is most convenient for you, so here you go!

❃ You Will Need:

1 32-ounce bottle of white distilled vinegar

1 18 to 24-ounce bottle of inexpensive, clear or white (color/fragrance free) hair conditioner

2 gallons of distilled water, preferably with screw caps (reserve the empty containers)

1 squeaky clean 5-gallon bucket

1 squeaky clean 1-gallon container (for a total of 3 1-gallon containers after you use the distilled water)

A small-medium sized funnel

Can Laundry Product Scents Really be Toxic?

❃ Make Homemade Fabric Softener this Way:

Combine 1 gallon of water, the hair conditioner, and the distilled vinegar ingredients in the 5-gallon bucket and stir the daylights out of it for about 1 minute, then add the second gallon of water and stir again.

Stir that bucket until you’ve no doubt that the ingredients are amalgamated.

Let mixture sit for about 1/2 hour, or until you get back to it.

Give the mixture another good stirring and immediately pour it into the 3 1-gallon containers using the funnel, filling to about 3/4 full to leave room for shaking before each use.

Making homemade fabric softener is as easy as that!

❃ How to Use this Homemade Fabric Softener:

For regular use in the washer, start with 1/4 cup in your washer’s fabric softener dispenser for a large load, increasing amount if desired.

You could also soak dry wash cloths in the mixture, squeeze them out, then hang to dry for use as “dryer sheets.”

Keeping all of it in the 5-gallon bucket and dipping a dry wash cloth, squeezing it out, then tossing in the dryer with each dryer full of wet clothes is another way to use it, but you would have to stir it well each time.

As well, one half of a sponge (well rinsed when new) can be soaked in the mixture, squeezed out, then used in place of a dryer sheet. I'm not confident about this method and have not experimented with it, though others have used it.

However, I store it in the 3 1-gallon containers and dampen a dry wash cloth with this homemade fabric softener for each dryer load. I can keep the wash cloth from getting too wet for my lighter weight clothes and soak it more so it works well with my towels.

A Bit of Laundry History:

Working out how to use it for your laundry needs will settle the matter for you. Please note that my first batch of this fabric softener was strangely sudsy but because I use it on a wash cloth in the dryer like a dryer sheet I did not need to be concerned about my HE washer. You may have to experiment with different hair conditioners to get the recipe you want.

There are several recipes for making fabric softener that include essential oils. I have found this unnecessary because the vinegar leaves everything smelling fresh, but if I were to try essential oils in the dryer I would only use them on cottons as I would be hesitant to use them on silks or man-made fabrics.

If you try this recipe for homemade fabric softener I would love to know how you like it. If you write about using it let me know so I can have the chance to link your hub to this one. And remember, now you can smile when you do your laundry for you are not stuck with the brand name products!

Early Fabric Conditioners:

Home Laundry Beginnings:

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is a great and informative Hub. I have gotten past the need for fabric softenenr myself. If my child were tiny, I might use one but after smelling fresh clothing that dried in the sun and wind, I just want natural. Thanks for the instructions. I will pass them along to anyone interested.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks, H.

      It's wonderful that you are in a place where you can hang clothes in fresh air!!! Got any property for sale near you?

      I'm still working on recipes for homemade laundry detergent and fabric softener, and I hope to post more yet. It just takes a while to develop them, test them, and use it up so I can start over. Anyway, stay tuned. :)

      Thanks much for stopping by!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I had never considered making homemade fabric softener but it doesn't sound too difficult and you could make a good supply so it would last. This is a very useful hub.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      This making home made products is all new to me, too, but I'm having fun researching and experimenting. Eventually I'll be able to post which are my favorite recipes, but it is taking time to "get there." This recipe make 3 gallons so it will be a while before I can try my next fabric softener recipe, even with giving some to friends as part of my experimentation!

      Thanks much for stopping in and for commenting. Always nice to hear from you!

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      Str8up Hookups 6 years ago

      Great hub,full of info!

      Question~Do you think I can use this recipe in my downy ball,it opens and release the fabric softner in spin cycle in washer?

      I'm want to try this.

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