This Is The Easiest And Best-Smelling Homemade Fabric Softener Out There

Rosemary Mint Fabric Softener

Wayyy back in the day, I posted here on the blog about a simple way to make your own fabric softener. The recipe was basically just water, white vinegar, and hair conditioner. At the time, I just used whatever hair conditioner I happened to have on hand. But a few months later, my sister Rebecca (author of Camp Wander) put her own twist on that original recipe.

When she made a batch for herself, she used a particular kind of Suave conditioner that’s scented with rosemary and mint. The resulting fabric softener smelled amazing, and turned a “pretty good” idea into something really special! Not only does this homemade fabric softener work every bit as well as the store-bought ones, but it’s very affordable to make. You can find the Suave Rosemary + Mint Conditioner at most grocery and big box stores for just a couple dollars. Plus, the scent is pleasant without being overpowering (which is an issue I’ve run into in the past with some store-bought fabric softeners.)

If you have yet to find a fabric softener that you love, I highly recommend giving this one a try! (And if you’re interested in exploring more money-saving laundry solutions, be sure to check out my eBook The Homemade Laundry Guide! You can buy it in my shop, or download it for free if you’re an OGT Plus member!)

Rosemary Mint Fabric Softener

Rosemary Mint Fabric Softener


Rosemary Mint Fabric Softener


Add the water, vinegar, and hair conditioner to a large bowl or container, and stir to combine. (You don’t want to shake it; it will cause foaming.)

Rosemary Mint Fabric Softener

How To Use

Add 2 Tbsp (1 oz) of fabric softener to your wash cycle for smaller loads, or 1/4 cup (2 oz) for larger loads.

Alternatively, you can pour 1/4 cup of the fabric softener onto a clean washcloth and toss it in your dryer like a dryer sheet!

Rosemary Mint Fabric Softener

Give It Away!

I like this particular fabric softener so much that even given it away as a gift in the past! I just poured some of it into mason jar and attached a tag with some cute string. (You can find the adorable jar tags pictured in these photos over at Cottage Industrialist. They are free to download!) :-)

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Oh myyy! Another amazing Jillie hack!
    I’ve switched my laundry soap from unscented Costco laundry detergent to the mail subscription Dropps brand. I use their boosters, too, and love both. But the (powered) fabric softener is sooo scented, I can barely stand to even have the little holder box open. (and I LOVE scent, just wayyy to strong) So I’m using store brand fabric softener. I’ve hesitated in making homemade, because really? Wouldn’t hair conditioner leave a film on clothes? (yes, I realize the vinegar would cut it) But then I thought…lol…and (sarcastically) store brand doesn’t leave a film, PLUS any other additives they throw in there?!?!
    I’m making your recipe today! Thank you!

  • When I first tried your fabric softener recipe, the Rosemary Mint conditioner is what I used. It is absolutely fantastic! I have also used VO5 Island Coconut conditioner (mainly because you can get it on sale for about $1). Very light smell that doesn’t overpower.

  • This recipe looks amazing! What are your thoughts on putting sponges in the container with fabric softener and throwing the sponges in the wash?

  • Thank you for all of your absolutely wonderful ideas and recipes! I have really enjoyed everything I’ve made so far. I’m a major fan. Thank you!

  • I wonder if you could pour it in a spray bottle and give the load 3-4 sprits in the dryer before turning on?
    I have really bad allergies to chemicals in laundry, cleaning, and makeup products. Do you think I could tolerate this?

  • Been making similar for years. use varied kinds of Suave conditioner. Increase the recipe and Fill an empty gallon white Vinegar jug. Lasts me almost 1 year with my HE washer.

  • Thanks Jillee–Love this new twist on your former recipe. Love all your money saving laundry and cleaning tips. I refuse to buy commercial fabric softener or detergents as homemade is cheaper and safer

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