Hi! I just use straight white vinegar; it'll dilute with water in the washer, anyway. I have a (name brand) fabric softener ball, into which I put the vinegar, about half to three quarters, and toss it in. Alternatively, the vinegar can be poured into the center of the agitator, if your machine has that feature. I do this for the delicate cycle, as the ball doesn't always open otherwise. Many folks have looked at me strangely when I share that I use vinegar instead of commercial fabric softener; their concern is, "Won't my clothes smell like vinegar?" I ask, "Do mine?" Nope!
Great answer! I do the same!
Hi - I do exactly as the previous commentor ^^ above said. I put mine in the center if the agitator - straight from the bottle with no dilution necessary. Easy and clean and the perfect solution for those with hard water or allergy problems.
For all the towels in my HE i use about 1/2 c.white vinagar.. the rest of my wash that i want soft and help with the static elec. I use my formula. I bottle of Hair conditioner, into a glass 1/2 gallon Ball jar. Add 2 cups white vinegar. fill up with warm water. . Then shake and refill an old Fab softnener bottle and use as manf of Washer recommends. I do this in a second rinse added to my load. My appl repair man says NEVER use dryer sheets in the dryer.
@Lois R I found Sauve Freesia creme rinse on closeout and bought all 15 bottles for 69 cents. So my 1/2 gallon of fab softener cost about 1.17. It sure does @Lois R. i visit that section at the store often to try to catch another buy.
I take a quart of vinegar, add about 20 drops of essential oil that I like (I like lavender), shake, then add about 1/3-1/2 cup to my rinse cycle. It helps take the extra soap out of the clothes that can be left behind which otherwise will dull the clothes. It doesn't smell vinegar like, the essential oil smell is not overwhelming. My clothes just smell clean, and feel clean!
I put 1/2 cup in fabric softener dispenser for most washes, but if I have a large load of towels I put a little more...it gets any detergent residue out and they are absorbent....they come out very fluffy..
12 oz. of hair conditioner
1 1/2 c. of distilled white vinegar
3 c. warm water
Use about 1/4 c. of softener for each load..works great
For those people who just LOVE their fabric softener scents, you can purchase a new bottle and split it in half and refill with white vinegar. It will stretch your fabric softener and you get 2 for 1.
@Allie Wade What a great idea!! I am going to give that I try!
I have read a lot about homemade soaps and softeners but how many of them are safe if you are on a septic tank?
@Judith Costa I truly didn't know. I've only been a country dweller living with a septic system for a few years. So I turned to the internet and "googled" it.
According to these articles (and several others I read), they all say the same thing...white vinegar does not harm septic systems. In fact, it is recommended as a cleaning agent instead of other harsh chemicals. They even suggest regularly pouring a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda down the drains to clear them and help maintain the septic system.
So, while white vinegar is fine for septic tanks, HAIR CONDITIONER is not, according to this article: http://www.acacamps.org/content/building-principles-septic-tanks-one-camps-dirtiest-little-secrets
It says, "Feminine hygiene products and hair conditioner are two of the most notable septic tank floaters. The two products together create a dense, floating mat. Unless they are removed often...the tank tend to back up the incoming sewage lines...leading to a very expensive failure."
A dab of hair conditioner on your hair several times per week is probably not that detrimental to the septic system but using a larger amount as a fabric softener in every load of laundry each week (especially for a large family), can't possibly be good for the septic system. It sounds like the money people are trying to save making homemade fabric softener with hair conditioner will come in handy when it's time to pay the plumber to clean up a septic backup and pump out the tank.
I also read an article that said using commercial fabric softeners (which are made of petroleum products) is like "pouring hamburger grease" into your septic tank and drainfield ... which just further substantiates my theory that fabric softener also gunks up our washers and makes them more prone to growing mold and mildew.
Can you use homemade powder detergent in a front loader HE washer??
I also Googled to make sure that vinegar will not harm above septic system. I found the same as Shari above. Yep, I just pour the vinegar into the washing machine in the rinse cycle. That's it, no measuring.
Thanks everyone for the input. I see the same things now and will be mindful of the hair conditioner.