Homemade Fabric Softener
Thefrugalgirls.com I'm pretty sure I've tried some of the other recipes on their list too, but I think this one is my favorite. It is a simple recipe for homemade fabric softener.
What I used
- white vinegar
- Hot water
- Cheap conditioner that I stopped using because I didn't like how it felt on my hair
- A little bit of my actual conditioner because I liked the way it smelled
Why I like it
- It really does make a difference in fabric softness. I have really hard water (well water) and sometimes my towels and things come out really stiff. This totally stopped that feeling.
- I don't have scientific proof, but it must have far fewer chemicals than regular fabric softener.
- It's WAY cheaper than actual liquid fabric softener, which I have actually never bought.
- It makes me feel better about the environment; reusing an old container to store it instead of buying more, not throwing out conditioner I don't want to use, using fewer chemicals.
- Again, no scientific proof here, but I know one of the concerns with regular liquid fabric softener is the heightened flammability for children's clothing. I'm pretty sure this isn't true with the homemade kind.
- Sometimes it's hard to remember to make more of it.
- Steve insists he can smell the vinegar on his clothing. I totally disagree. Just in case though, I use really good smelling Gain detergent (I know this totally counteracts my "more natural" motives with the fabric softener, so sue me).
Anyway. I really like using homemade softener. I feel like doing things homemade that either are healthier or cheaper is worth it, but I like to do it a little bit at a time. I'm not going to switch to homemade everything right now, but switching one things at a time is totally worth it!