Asked on Oct 16, 2019

How do I make DIY laundry soap/ fabric softener w/o using conditioner?

Carol LanderNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CAAllison


I would like to start making home made laundry soap and fabric softener. However, I do not want to use products like conditioner. I also would like to find a way to achieve a good smelling soap and conditioner that your clothes will smell like. All ideas would be helpful. I tried just half and half vinegar/water with some essential oil put in for fabric softener and it didnt do anything for scent but did make everything soft and no static electricity

5 answers
  • Michelle Leslie
    on Oct 16, 2019

    Hi Cindy, I found this wonderful article that shares a few different ways of making fabric softeners WRT to the scent, perhaps the essential oils you used weren't strong enough?

  • Hi Cindy - I love this laundry detergent that we use. It's an all-natural DIY and made with safe ingredients. You can use it on an HE machine too. Hope this helps! Hugs, Holly

    PS - We have a FREE eBook with recipes for all of my homemade and all-natural cleaners. You can download it here -->

  • Allison
    on Oct 16, 2019

    I purchased wool balls for the dryer. I use essential oils to scent the balls any 'flavor' I want. I change it up every week or two and don't seem to get dual scents. I make my own detergent from washing soda, 20 muleteam borax and fels soap. You can find the exact recipe online. Be certain to have a lot of empty bottles, it makes enough to last a year, for me anyway. Vinegar in the rinse cycle will soften your clothes and keep your frontload washer from building up slimy, smelly scum.

  • Skip all the chemicals! They ruin your fabrics. I use plain old white vinegar in the rinse cup and felted wool dryer balls. I don't scent anything as I have a bird and essential oils can be extremely toxic to animals.

  • Carol Lander
    on Oct 21, 2019

    Cindy, you can try this simple recipe and add essential oils for natural fragrance. Natural Laundry Soap Recipe

    1. Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until finely ground. Use the soap of your choice. ...
    2. In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. ...
    3. Store in closed container. ...
    4. Use 2 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.

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