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!)
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Rosemary Mint Fabric Softener
- 6 cups water
- 3 cups white vinegar
- 2 cups Suave Rosemary + Mint Conditioner
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.)
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!
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!) :-)