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Make your very own fabric softener

Updated on June 13, 2012

Great Fabric Softener

Maybe you want to cut expenses around the house or get away from harsh chemicals. I know something you should really give a try. Home-made fabric softener! Matter of fact, you probably have the products you need in your kitchen to make it already. Keep in mind that if you really want to spend less then you can just add 1/2 cup of vinegar to your rinse cycle during washing your clothes and not make fabric softener at all. However, if you are like me and still want your own fabric softener then here is what you should use.

  • 2 cups of baking soda
  • 2 cups of vinegar
  • 6 cups of hot water
  • 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • 1 medium size bowl
  • Funnel
  • Milk Jug or container to hold 10 cups of liquid minimum

Personally, I use lavender for just about everything. Some good essential oils for this softener can be orange, lavender, or lemon oil. Just depends on your personal taste. Now, follow the instructions below.

  • Pour the baking soda into the bowl
  • Pour 1 cup of water into the bowl, mix well will spoon
  • Slowly pour in vinegar (slowly..... Fizzing will start and be careful not to pour to rapidly because it will overflow.)
  • Then add left over water, mix well
  • Add 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Now take a funnel and pour the mixture into a container or old milk jug. Once you pour into the container then you are good to go. You can make a label or decorate if you want to make it cute! Add 1/4 cup to every rinse cycle for small to medium and 1/2 cup every large load. Give it a try and let me know what you think.


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      MelissaMelvin 5 years ago from Prattville, AL

      You know, the best part to me is it's more natural and it saves us money! Thanks! Hope you like it. :)

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I saved this, and as soon as I used up my commercially made detergent, I will make your fabric softener. It will go nicely with the recipe that I got for laundry detergent. What's remarkable now, is that so many people are going back to the old days when they used to make everything. Perhaps people are realizing home made is better, where you can control the types of ingredients and the lack of chemical additives.