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Homemade Fabric Softener

5 Materials
10 Minutes

Homemade Fabric Softener? Why not! I started making my own DIY Laundry Soap, click here for recipe. about five years ago and I haven't looked back since then. Making your own laundry supplies is so much cheaper than the store bought variety. For instance, I made this big batch of softener for less than $3. You can't go wrong there!
homemade fabric softener
The way to easily dispense your softener is to save, rinse and use your giant creamer jug, that's what I do .  You will only need three (3) ingredients to make your own fabric softener and you probably already have two of them in your home right now.

NOTE: Please visit our blog for the exact recipe, the link is below, scroll down until you find the "GO" button, then click it. It will take you straight to the recipe!
homemade fabric softener
Mix your water and conditioner together first.  I used a "big" bowl and added my water first.
homemade fabric softener
Next, add your hair conditioner to the hot water. I should have used a larger bowl yall!
homemade fabric softener
I transferred the mixture to a larger bowl in small increments and whisked it until it was smooth.  That's what I get for trying to use pretty dishes for the photo shoot! lol!

Lastly, add your vinegar, mix well and then transfer to your storage container(s).  The vinegar is the actual softening agent in this mixture, the conditioner is just for the scent mostly.
homemade fabric softener
We have HE (High Efficiency) machines and this along with my homemade wash soap works awesome in them.  The dispenser tray in my washer shows a max fill line for the softener (1/4 cup), but if you're just adding to your wash load, use 2-6 tablespoons per load.

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  • Karen
    on Nov 1, 2018

    I have two questions. Does the scent of vinegar overpower the scent of the conditioner? Does the fabric softener have a long shelf life or does the water in it cause it to spoil quickly? I love your site, Dee Dee.

  • Linda
    on Nov 29, 2018

    Can you use this softener with bleach in white loads? I understand there is a chemical problem with vinegar and bleach.

    • Ann
      on Mar 25, 2019

      Bleach and vinegar is A BIG NO NO!!! CREATES TOXIC chlorine gas. Bleach and baking soda also follows thus rule. That one creates TOXICchloramine gas.

    on Mar 21, 2019

    How much water/ white vinegar and conditioner do I us? Say to make a gallon. How long is shelf life?

    • DeeDee
      on Mar 22, 2019

      Hi Charity! Scroll up a bit until you see my picture and the blue "GO" button, click that button and it will take you to the recipe. It has a long shelf life as far as I know. My supply runs out after a month and then I make more. :)

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  • Ruthann Nissly Martinez
    on Mar 25, 2019

    I also add a squirt of Mrs Stewart’s liquid bluing to mine to help keep the whites white & the colors bright.

    • DeeDee
      on Mar 26, 2019

      Hi Ruthann! That is a great tip, thank you so much! :)

  • Yaana
    on Mar 26, 2019

    I just use just white vinegar. There is no smell after, my cloths are soft and it leaves no residue in my washer to mold or go sour.

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