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Friday, May 28, 2010

Homemade Fabric Softener

1 cup vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner (unscented or VERY lightly scented)

6 cups water
4-8 drops of Downy OR lavender essential oil (lavender is also anti-bacterial & anti-fungal)

~Mix together, carefully pour into an old fabric softener bottle.

~Use like any other fabric softener.

For dryer sheets:

~Dilute above recipe w/3 parts water, 1 part softener.

~Pour into container w/a tight-closing lid & large enough to soak at least 2 3"x 5" sponges.

~Add sponges to the mix in the container, close lid tightly.

~To Use: shake contents or stir a little w/1 of the sponges b/c it will settle a little between uses; wring out sponge & add to dryer as you do your favorite fabric sheets.

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><


  1. I make mine all the time too as well as laundry soap. I think it's something everyone should learn just in case.

    ~Mrs. M

  2. Yeah finally a fabric softener besides just vinegar. I can't wait to try it. Gain fabric softener has been one of my last hold outs! Do you buy a "healthy" hair conditioner or do you buy cheap hair conditioner?

    Thank you so much for giving this recipe! I really appreciate it. I'm enjoying making my own cleaners. It's a simple thing that goes a long way toward frugality.

  3. Sheri~just a semi-cheap one will do. You don't want to go 'all out' cheap...seems the cheaper you go, the more chemicals are in it. I decent mid-priced one, like Suave or Revlon, will do very well.

    If you haven't already, be sure to check out the "Frugal Living", "Homemade Home Care" & "Homemade Health Care" categories!


  4. I've been using a vinegar rinse for years. Great at softening because it prevents detergent build-up in your clothes. Very inexpensive :)


  5. thanks for the tips!


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