Does anyone know how to make homemade fabric softner for washer/dryer?

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I don't like buying store bought fabric softner and dryer sheets can anyone tell me a good way to make it homemade, and smell great? Please Help me? Thanks!
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 16, 2017
    1 cup hair conditioner,3 cups hot water,1 1/2 cups white distilled vinegar
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    • I will try this
  • Dgreen Dgreen on Mar 16, 2017
    1 cup vinegar in the rinse cycle.
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    • Marcy Crossman Marcy Crossman on Mar 17, 2017
      I've used vinegar for over a year in the rinse cycle and never have vinegar smelling clothes. Gets rid of the soap residue especially if you use too much soap in the wash. Also, vinegar is cheaper than fabric softener but you don't have the softener smell. :-(
  • Mom32891 Mom32891 on Mar 17, 2017
    DIY "Forever" Dryer "Sheets"
    Place 6 sponges cut in half lengthwise in lidded container w/ water & fabric softener in a 1:2 ratio.
    To use, squeeze out excess liquid from 1 half sponge; toss in dryer then add wet laundry. Return sponge to container for reuse.

    • Judy Thurston Judy Thurston on Mar 17, 2017
      Do you mean buy Fabric Softenar and sponges in the store? Could i use hair conditioner, water & vinager to make fabric Softener? Please Reply back!
  • Dgreen Dgreen on Mar 17, 2017
    No, they don't. I wondered about that too but after using it for two years it still does not cause a smell.
    • Judy Thurston Judy Thurston on Mar 17, 2017
      Dgreen, What do you suggest that i use? Because i am trying to save money and not use store bought stuff because its so expensive? Please Reply back! Thanks!
  • Mom32891 Mom32891 on Mar 17, 2017
    I haven't tried it w/ hair conditioner. I use unscented fabric softener & then add essential oil to the mix, such as lavender or citrus oils. Yes, non-synthetic sponges from the store, bought mine at Target for cheap.
  • Nan14109424 Nan14109424 on Mar 18, 2017
    Loosely ball a sheet of aluminum foil and throw it in the dryer.
  • Dgreen Dgreen on Mar 18, 2017
    We have had great success with pouring white vinegar into the rinse cycle. Many people use 100% wool. They make balls about 3-4" in diameter, put them in the washer with hot water, then dry in your dryer. Leave them in the dryer for future loads.
  • Melissa Mauldin Haynie Melissa Mauldin Haynie on Mar 18, 2017
    Commercial fabric softeners coat clothes in chemicals. Yuck. I use 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and 20 drops or more of your favorite essential oil. I use lemongrass. Mix together in a glass jar, soak cut up t shirt pieces and add one to your dryer.
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    • Melissa Mauldin Haynie Melissa Mauldin Haynie on Mar 21, 2017
      No need to cook the orange peels. Just place a bunch of peels of whatever citrus into a glass jar, cover with vinegar, place a lid on it and let sit for 3 or so weeks. The mix for the fabric softener is 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water mixed in a glass jar with your cut-up material. I use t shirts because they are handy and almost lint free. Depending on how often you do laundry and how often you want to make the mix will depend on how much you want to mix up. I usually do 1 cup vinegar to 2 cups water plus my oil if I have no infused vinegar. That mixture usually last 15 to 20 loads. I use a piece of t shirt and after use place it back in the mixture to use again. I am not sure of the shelf life because I usually use my mixture up every month or so. No refrigeration needed. Also, it is important to use glass because vinegar is acidic. I hope that helps. If you need more, please provide email and I will try to answer.
  • Jess pracasso Jess pracasso on Mar 19, 2017
    same amount of white vinegar instead of fabric softener..............
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    • Judy Thurston Judy Thurston on Mar 21, 2017
      I don't know if my machine has a fabric softener dispenser or not? My washer is a new H.E. digitel washer and i am not quite used to using it yet?
  • KS KS on Mar 20, 2017
    Judy, here is how I make my citrus infused vinegar. (not only is it great in the wash, but also a multi purpose cleaner). Fill a quart jar with your choice of raw citrus peels, cover them with white vinegar. Seal jar, shake & store for 2 weeks. Strain out the peels and "ta-da" you have infused vinegar & no need for Essential Oils. (your drawing oils from the peels by soaking in the vinegar). Your choice of citrus will determine the scent. Sometimes I even mix mine. Hope this helps. Good luck!
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    • Judy Thurston Judy Thurston on Mar 20, 2017
      Do i store the mixture in the refrigerator or outside of the refrigerator? And if i don't have a gallon bottle can i use a big bowl with a lid on it? And when you try making the dryer sheets can you send me the email for that too? Please Reply back ASAP! Thank-You!
  • Fur17879296 Fur17879296 on Mar 24, 2017
    Skip the dryer sheets or fabric softener. Try using dryer balls. Either the felted wool or the silicone ones work well. Don't buy cheap ones, they don't last. Norwex makes very good ones. Only change you will have to make is to reduce the drying time. If the clothing has static, you have over dried them. The dryer balls leave no chemicals on your skin, a real bonus.
  • Fur17879296 Fur17879296 on Mar 24, 2017
    Norwex does home parties, similar to Tupperware type of thing. Google to find your nearest agent. Their idea is to reduce chemical use. You need to see their demonstration to really know how to use their products. I love their products! They have wool and silicone dryer balls. You can also buy wool ones at many farmer's markets.
  • Nan19036893 Nan19036893 on Mar 25, 2017
    get the felt dryer balls (available at World Market) dab one of them with a few drops of essential oil of your choice. Toss in the dryer with your wet clothes and they come out wonderfully softened and smelling nice. The dryer balls also reduce the amount of time neccessary to dry your clothes
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