Homemade Fabric Softener

Somehow today I found myself completely child free so I dived into housework and realized I was completely out of fabric softener. As I was getting all of the stuff together that I use to make this laundry necessity I decided it was something I should share with all of you. It takes just a few inexpensive ingredients and about five minutes of your time and you have enough laundry soap to keep you in business for awhile. Plus you can keep it completely natural and omit the conditioner all together if you have any sensitivities in your home.


  Ingredients :                                                                                                                                             5 cups of hot water                                                                                                                               4 cups of distilled vinegar                                                                                                                   1 bottle of your favorite smelling conditioner (optional)                                                                 large container to mix and store in                                                                                                   a whisk or large spoon to stir


I start with adding the hot water to my container (I bought a large pitcher at Wal-Mart for under $2.00 just for this purpose, it’s great because I can mix it and slap the lid on and store it right next to my laundry soap)


I then add an entire bottle of conditioner to my hot water (I go to my local dollar store or break out some coupons for my conditioner. No need to spend a lot for this recipe). The heat helps it to start breaking down evenly.


Then I add the vinegar. I know it smells funny now but I promise the smell will go down dramatically and your clothes will be fresh and not at all like it does now. Vinegar is a natural product, it will keep your clothes smelling fresh and super soft, also it is hypoallergenic which is a plus for all of you with allergies to all of those other chemicals out there.

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Grab your whisk and really give the mixture a good stir. You want to break up all of that conditioner and get it to dissolve into the vinegar and water mixture.

After you get it all mixed it should look like this! A nice milky liquid! This is your finished product. Now you can add as much or as little to your laundry every day to keep your clothes super soft and smelling fresh.


I have a front loading washer so I pour it directly into my soap and softener drawer. I add it just to the line on the fabric softener dispenser and it works great every time.


I hope you like this little recipe and if you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments or contact me over on Facebook!

About CraftyRidge

Fiber Artist, designer and all around nerd! Find my work on Etsy at www.CraftyRidge.Etsy.com
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