I have had a lot of people asking about a homemade version of fabric softener lately.
Honestly, I don’t use fabric softener per se (I use homemade DRYER SHEETS) so I really didn’t have anything to offer. But tonight I ran across a recipe that I think you’re going to like…and I think I’m even going to try!
It contains all the ingredients that make sense to me to be in a homemade fabric softener, and it is super easy! (almost a prerequisite in my book!)
But I think the thing that really sold me on it was that you can either use it as a dryer sheet OR add it as a rinse to your clothes washer. It’s always nice to have options. :-)
I think I’ll try it both ways and see which one I like better. But I was so excited to find this and share it with you, I decided to break my own unwritten rule and post about it before I tried it. I’m going to take barefootmommawv’s word for it who posted it on Food.com. And of course I will update after I’ve given it a whirl with my own laundry.
1. Mix water, vinegar, and hair conditioner in a 1 gallon container; stir. Do not shake it; it will cause foaming.
2. Use the same amount you normally use in a rinse cycle or spritz it on a wash cloth and throw in dryer.
F.Y.I. - This makes a whole gallon of softener. If you have storage space issues or you just don’t think you’ll EVER go through that much softener (especially is you are utilizing the “spritz” technique), cutting the amounts in HALF would be pretty simple (even for mathematically-challenged me!)
I just couldn’t stand it! I had to make this! I had an incredibly busy day yesterday…important meeting, lots of paperwork to be done…but I somehow managed to squeeze this into my morning. Not that it’s that HARD! It literally took like 5 minutes to make. But then, of course, I had to try it out! Which meant doing a test load of laundry. By the time I was finished I was ALMOST late to my meeting…but made it in the knick of time! :-)
I took the advice of one of the comments below and heated up both the vinegar and the conditioner in the microwave just a little bit before mixing in the bowl. Then I poured it all into this jar I found at Walmart that I was planning on using in my pantry reorganization project. I’ll just have to go buy another one. :-)
I did a load of white towels and used about 1/2 a cup of the liquid softener in the last rinse cycle. The towels definitely came out soft (and clean), but I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t MORE of a scent to them. I might try a little more next time. But overall I was very pleased with this recipe.
FWIW…I think the idea that several people made in the comments section about just using straight vinegar with a few drops of essential oils as a fabric softener has a lot of merit as well.
UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: An astute visitor noticed my sudsy finished product and surmised I may have mistakenly used a bottle of BODY WASH instead of CONDITIONER…because…get this….Olay doesn’t MAKE hair products! lol!
Wow….two FAILS in one week. (See World’s Easiest Boiled Eggs). I could get FIRED for something like this! Oh wait…I run the joint. whew!
Good news is the recipe isn’t a fail…just my execution. So hopefully you all did as I SAID and not as I DID! ;-)
Oh well….tomorrow is another day….and I’m pretty sure this won’t be my last goof on this blog. Comes with the territory I’m afraid. Sillee Jillee.