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!
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.

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Mix your water and conditioner together first.  I used a "big" bowl and added my water first.
Next, add your hair conditioner to the hot water. I should have used a larger bowl yall!
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.
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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  • Penny-Marie
    on Feb 2, 2020

    someone suggested to just use vinegar but doesn't say how much. Would the amount you say be good?

    • Gabrielle Falk
      on Jun 15, 2020

      Vinegar won't clean your clothes as well as detergent (liquid - I never use powder). I know because I've tried. Vinegar can also be used as a disinfectant, as well as a 'conditioner'. If you want to use vinegar as a softener, pour a quantity into the container where you would normally add conditioner. It works 'ok', but is not brilliant. If you add vinegar together with the detergent, you are just not getting the correct benefit of a softening solution. It also helps not to over-do the detergent.

  • Jed48842051
    on Mar 23, 2020

    Can't wait to try this! Have you tried using this in the Downy ball? Just curious.


    • DeeDee
      on Mar 23, 2020

      Hi there! No I have not, but I bet it will work just fine. :)

  • 516maria

    I like this idea because I don’t care for the overly perfumed fabric softeners. I’m just wondering if it can stay without turning bad because there are no chemicals in it. I’m thinking the vinegar is fine and conditioner doesn’t turn either, right ..?

    • DeeDee
      54 minutes ago

      Correct, the vinegar is enough to let it keep until you’re ready to use it.

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  • Charlene
    on Oct 18, 2019

    What a great idea. I am going to try this. The bowl was very pretty even if it wasn't big enough. We got the idea, thanks.

    • DeeDee
      on Oct 18, 2019

      Hi Charlene! Thank you so much, enjoy! :)

  • Xtine Tina
    on Oct 28, 2019

    This is nice. Am gonna try it. Thanks dear

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