A few weeks ago, “How To Tuesday” was all about making your own laundry soap, I thought today could be a follow up to that with one way to make your own fabric softener. We normally don’t use anything, but mostly because of the overly perfume smell and the not so friendly chemicals.
So, when researching how to make all natural fabric softener, I discovered two things.
- People don’t really know what all natural means. I found a plethora of instructions on how to use the least expensive hair conditioner in the store for your laundry. And yes, this is frugal, but it’s not natural. The conditioner for your hair can contain just as many harsh chemicals as fabric softener.
- Sometimes the answer you are looking for is what you would have least expected.
So, what is this all natural remedy for softer clothes? Vinegar! I know, your first thought is the same as mine and as Gayle’s. ”I do NOT want to smell like a bag of Salt & Vinegar potato chips all day!” But, if you don’t use too much, the vinegar smell will not survive the rinse cycle. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for an added scent. (Stay away from citrus oils as they can stain clothes)
Here is the magic formula -
Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup vinegar (use white vinegar because balsamic or apple cider could stain your clothes) to the fabric softener dispenser. If you want, you can add 1-2 drops of essential oil at the same time.
I have noticed a difference sine I’ve started using vinegar in the laundry. The clothes are softer and the static cling is much less. And I have not noticed any vinegar smell. Give it a try, then leave us a comment on how it worked for you.