Today we’re going to talk about laundry. Specifically, let’s talk about fabric softener and dryer sheets. We ditched both of these products a few months ago and have never looked back! Between the chemicals and the cost, I’m happy to have them gone. And today I’m going to share with you how to make a simple fabric softener. I’ve tried a few different recipes, but this is the one that I use all the time now. I absolutely love it! It gets rid of static, keeps our clothes soft and smells amazing!
So why should you stop using commercial fabric softeners and dryer sheets? Just look at the labels. Can you pronounce those ingredients? I can’t. Do you know what you are putting on your skin every day? Chemicals, and lots of them. Your body’s largest organ is your skin, and you need to make sure you take care of it just as well as your insides! Switching to natural laundry products is such a quick and easy win for you and your family! And this simple fabric softener shows you just how easy it really is!
What You’ll Need
You don’t need a lot of stuff to make a simple fabric softener. In fact, everything you need is likely in your house already! Here’s what I use:
- Hot water
- White vinegar
- Hair conditioner
- Essential Oil
- Glass jar or bottle – if you are using essential oils, it is very important to use glass for storage. If you omit the oils, you can use plastic.
Yeah, that’s it! Of course, in a pinch, you can just use vinegar, but I find that this simple fabric softener leaves my clothes smelling amazing and feeling oh so soft!
- 1 ½ cups hot water
- 1 ½ cups white vinegar
- 1 cup hair conditioner
- 3-4 drops of essential oil of choice (optional)
- Glass bottle
- Combine the water, vinegar and hair conditioner in a blender or magic bullet.
- Mix until well blended.
- Add 3-4 drops of essential oil of choice. This is optional.
- Pour into a sealable glass jar or bottle.
- Shake well before each use.
- Alternatively, water, vinegar and conditioner can be combined in a saucepan and stirred over medium heat until well blended. Allow mixture to cool before pouring into your glass bottle. Add essential oils if desired AFTER mixture is cool.
- Use ¼ cup per load of laundry.
- This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled, depending on the size of your jar or bottle.
Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? That’s because it is! Loving it!
Simple Laundry Tips
As a side note, I like to hang all my clothes, but I’ve come up with a great way to reduce wrinkles and speed up the process. As you know, we live in an apartment, so I don’t exactly have access to a clothesline in the back yard (oh, how I wish I did!!). I take my clothes out of the wash and toss them in the dryer (with Wool Dryer Balls) for 20 minutes. After that time, I pull them out and spread them on my Folding Clothes Drying Rack in the living room. That 20-minute cycle takes the bulk of the moisture out of the fabrics but still leaves them damp. By air-drying at that point, you reduce the chance of static in your clothing! In winter, though, I skip the dryer entirely. Less dryer equals less static!
For my best laundry tips, check out my post on How to Keep Up with Laundry. Never fall behind again!
So there you have it! A simple fabric softener that will help reduce some of the chemicals in your home AND save you money!
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