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Dolly's Homemade Fabric Softener

What can you make with a little bit of hot water, white vinegar and hair conditioner? Join me today as I show you.
Time: 5 Minutes Cost: $.50 Difficulty: Easy
I use my wool dryer balls for most of my laundry as a fabric softener. They work so well, but, I need a fabric softener for use with my hand washables.  I don't dry those.  This is a quick and inexpensive fabric softener for those times when you don't have or use the store bought. 

What You Need:
Hot Water
White Vinegar I used White House
Hair Conditioner the inexpensive kind found at the dollar store. I used Suave Naturals in Waterfall Mist scent. It is the closest to the Downy, I think.

*A quick note:
You don't need the hair conditioner and could use for scent an essential oil of your choice.  I just happen to have quite a supply of these hair conditions purchased when they were all the rage in making fabric softeners and don't want to waste them.

* Actually you don't need a scent, I just hate the smell of vinegar even though it disappears with time.

I made the small mix today because that is all I need for now.
It only takes a minute to heat some water and mix these three ingredients to make a quick fabric softener.
I've included a printable mixture card. You can make several sizes to suit your laundry needs. Most of you know that I use wool dryer balls for most of my laundry, but there are times when you need a liquid softener. I use this on my hand washables that can't be put into the dryer.
You can make larger batches the choice is yours.
I made the small batch today because it is convenient for me, and stores easily.
**The small batch fits into a 1 quart container or canning jar with lid.  There is enough room for shaking a little before use as well.
***You can cut the hair conditioner in half as well and it still will give a lighter softening.

Use 1/8 - 1/4 cup per load
depending on the size of the load.
Please join me over at Hibiscus House for lots of cleaning mixtures that work!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Vinegar   (Grocery)
  • Hair Conditioner   (Dollar General)

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  • Brenda  S.
    Brenda S. North Brunswick, NJ
    on May 8, 2017

    Wow! Never would have thought hair conditioner! thanks for sharing :)

  • Dale Koerner Capuano
    Dale Koerner Capuano
    on May 13, 2017

    I use vinegar and I just add lemon or lavender oil to the vinegar

    • Dolly Sarrio
      Dolly Sarrio Timmonsville, SC
      on May 13, 2017

      Yes, that is excellent! I don't like the odor of pure vinegar so the essential oils help that a lot!

  • Rita Gaylor
    Rita Gaylor
    on May 13, 2017

    Will try but how much do you put in the washer?

    • Dolly Sarrio
      Dolly Sarrio Timmonsville, SC
      on May 13, 2017

      Oh goodness I left that off. Sorry. I'd use 1/8 - 1/4 cup depending on the size of your laundry load. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I'll add it now.

  • Nwalker1
    on May 13, 2017

    Can this be used in HE washing machines?

    • Cathy
      Cathy Framingham, MA
      on May 13, 2017

      I use vinegar in the HE washer all the time. Vineger is good for a lot of thing.....even makes your hair shin.

  • Debra McMenamin
    Debra McMenamin Essex, MD
    on May 13, 2017

    Thanks for posting this. I'm always looking for homemade versus the store bought items because I have allergies. I use vinegar for almost everything including as a fabric softener but never thought about adding hair conditioner to it!

    • Dolly Sarrio
      Dolly Sarrio Timmonsville, SC
      on May 13, 2017

      Hi Debra! I have extreme allergies myself so as you know we have to be careful of what we use and how it affects us. This seems to work in my gentle wash which I can't use my dryer balls for.

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