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3 DIY Fabric Softener Recipes: Vinegar! Baking Soda! Hair Conditioner!

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I learned 3 DIY fabric softener recipes from one of my favorite bloggers, Sayward Rebhal. The first: Add vinegar to the rinse cycle of your wash. The second: Mix 6 cups vinegar and 1 cup baking soda. Add 1/2 to 1 cup during the rinse cycle. The third: Mix 6 parts water with 3 parts vinegar and 2 parts hair conditioner. Mix it all up in a container (stirred, not shaken) and then use ½ cup (or less, as needed) per load.
Learn more: http://www.networx.com/article/3-easy-homemade-fabric-softener-recipes

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  • Becky (J) P
    Becky (J) P Highland, IL
    on Nov 19, 2012

    when we were kids, we used a vinegar rinse for our hair all the time. Never think about it now.

  • Linnea Krones
    Linnea Krones Houston, TX
    on Nov 19, 2012

    Thanks Chaya! My washer locks, so there is no "adding" later. Maybe I will try adding them to the softener cup.

  • Deborah Harvey
    Deborah Harvey Bellefonte, PA
    on Dec 1, 2012

    I use the vinegar/hair conditioner/water "recipe" and add occasionally will a small bottle of store brand dye free unscented fabric softener to the mix.. it works really well.

  • SteveC
    SteveC Austin, TX
    on Jan 5, 2013

    When vinegar (acetic acid) and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) combine the result is water and carbon dioxide gas. The carbon dioxide gas is released into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas. The remaining water does nothing for softening. You would be better off leaving out either the vinegar or baking soda and use only one of them with the fabric softener.

  • Linda K
    Linda K
    on Apr 6, 2013

    That's right, Steve. I have been using vinegar for the rinse for a long time. It helps for removing odors and the detergent remains and my hard water deposits. I use it in place of Rinse Aid in the dishwasher too, and my dishes never were so clean. The costly rinses didn't help a bit and my dishes and silverware just came out awful! I filled the rinse dispenser with half vinegar and half water and my glasses immediately were improved. No more spots on the silverware (stainless steel). It's great! Even the old glasses that were looking permanently etched are improving and I figure some day will be clear. I can buy 2 gallons of vinegar for what one teensy bottle of rinse aid would cost.

    • Shelby @ The Weathered Barn Studio
      Shelby @ The Weathered Barn Studio Newton, IA
      on Feb 23, 2015

      @Linda K ...I have used vinegar for years as my rinse aid in the D/W. Isnt it great ???!! AND cleans the DW at the same time ! I use vinegar for a lot of things....soak your whites in 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar before washing..perspiration stains gone. I soak my paint brushes in vinegar to clean them, and no hardened bristles !

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