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Low Cost, Homemade Fabric Softener in 5 Easy Steps.

Updated on June 27, 2012

Easy, Low Cost Homemade Fabric Softener

Baking Soda, White Vinegar, Water, Cheap Hair Conditioner (or 2 cups of your favorite fabric softener.)
Baking Soda, White Vinegar, Water, Cheap Hair Conditioner (or 2 cups of your favorite fabric softener.) | Source
1 Cup of Baking Soda
1 Cup of Baking Soda | Source
1 Cup of White Vinegar
1 Cup of White Vinegar | Source
To the same bucket add, 6 cups of HOT Tap Water, Then Add 5 Cups of WHITE VINEGAR.
To the same bucket add, 6 cups of HOT Tap Water, Then Add 5 Cups of WHITE VINEGAR. | Source
A friend of mine gives me the conditioner that comes with her hair dye.  I also use the cheapest hair conditioner that I can get, usually at the dollar store. (You will need 2 cups of the conditioner or 2 cups of your favorite fabric conditioner.)
A friend of mine gives me the conditioner that comes with her hair dye. I also use the cheapest hair conditioner that I can get, usually at the dollar store. (You will need 2 cups of the conditioner or 2 cups of your favorite fabric conditioner.) | Source
Fits nicely in the empty  White Vinegar Containers. (Optional:  You can add 1-2 ozs. of essential oil before you give the bucket a final stir.)
Fits nicely in the empty White Vinegar Containers. (Optional: You can add 1-2 ozs. of essential oil before you give the bucket a final stir.) | Source

Homemade Fabric Softner in 5 Easy Steps:

Here are the items that you will need:

1 cup Baking Soda

6 cups White Vinegar

6 cups Hot Tap Water

2 cups cheap hair conditioner or 2 cups of your favorite store bought fabric softener

Here are the 5 Easy Steps:

Step 1. In a 4-5 gallon bucket add 1 Cup of Any Brand Baking Soda.

Step 2. Add 1 Cup of White Vinegar (you will be using 6 total cups of white vinegar for this recipe.)

Step 3. Add 6 Cups of Hot Tap Water

Step 4. Add 5 Cups of White Vinegar

Step 5. Add 2 cups of low cost Hair Conditioner or 2 cups of your favorite fabric softener.

Follow the above steps. Stir, fill your containers and give the container a shake or two before you use it. Use the same amount of your homemade softener as you would normally use the store bought brand. I made two batches and it cost me under $4 for both of the pictured containers! This will last the two of us for at least 4 months.

Until we meet again... Francesca27

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      MimiKat33 6 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

      Very useful Hub, thanks for the information.

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      suzielucy 6 years ago from San Francisco

      so cool! DO you have a solution for natural hair dye?

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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      Thanks MimiKat33, and suzielucy. suzielucy, funny you should ask about the hair dye. I've been working on that for a while now. Only thing I found was Black Walnut drops for brunettes. I'll work it up and post a hub on it as soon as I can. Thanks guys for stopping by my hub.

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      NTR57 6 years ago

      $4.00 for two gallons! Now that's what I call economical. I'm definitely going to try this.

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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      It works well. Hope you save a lot of $$$$.

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      jbhearn95 6 years ago

      I'll do it!

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      chonett 6 years ago

      I will make me a batch as soon as I can gather the ingredients needed. I make my own detergent, so why not my fabric softener? Saving money helps for survival these days with the sky high prices of the things we use daily! Thanks!

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      joemilli 5 years ago from Indonesia

      nice, I will tell this information to my wife.

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      Francesca27 5 years ago from Hub Page

      Enjoy the savings on making your own fabric softener. Thanks joemilli for stopping by.

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      Selena 5 years ago

      Wonderful idea thanks for sharing ! I already make my own laundry detergent so this is great ! My husband ran to get stuff for me to make this and he got distilled white vinegar instead u think it will matter !

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      Francesca27 5 years ago from Hub Page

      Dear Selena: White Distilled Vinegar will work fine. I just made my softener for the winter two weeks ago and that is the vinegar I used. Don't forget to shake up the bottle before each use. Enjoy!

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I will have to try this. It sounds like it would work perfectly. What could be better than having a good smelling inexpensive softner?

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      Francesca27 5 years ago from Hub Page

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals, I haven't bought fabric softener in a few years now. Once you start making your own you will never go back to buying commercial fabric softener again. Thanks for checking out my hub.

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Great recipe, I was looking for DIY fabric softner, need to try your recipe! Thank you.

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      Umesh 2 years ago

      I picked up the same free water test from Home Depot, cotmelped the form and submitted a sample for the test. Just received a call from a lady and she scheduled a tech to come to my house tomorrow in the evening to test our water.My suspicion was about the tech coming in the evening, so I googled this Home Depot free water test and came across these reviews.Seems like their visits are mostly at night, even though I told the lady that I would be available even earlier.Would anyone know why they always want to send a tech in the evening?

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      Umesh 2 years ago

      I picked up the same free water test from Home Depot, cotmelped the form and submitted a sample for the test. Just received a call from a lady and she scheduled a tech to come to my house tomorrow in the evening to test our water.My suspicion was about the tech coming in the evening, so I googled this Home Depot free water test and came across these reviews.Seems like their visits are mostly at night, even though I told the lady that I would be available even earlier.Would anyone know why they always want to send a tech in the evening?

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