Homemade Fabric Softener

by DeeDee
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.

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!
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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  • Trish Brown Trish Brown on May 07, 2023

    Is this safe for the septic tank?

  • Sue Gregor Sue Gregor on Aug 24, 2023

    I tried to click here and it does nothing. Where is the blog for the recipe? Thanks.

    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!

  • 2D 2D on Mar 10, 2024

    Can I use this combo on my hair???

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  • Paul Riggle Paul Riggle on Apr 30, 2023

    I had to google it when the seal around the door (front load) started leaking at only 2 years old. Repair man noticed my vinegar jug on the shelf and ask if I used it in the wash. I said yes and he told me to stop because it eats at the rubber.

    • Millie Millie on May 01, 2023

      I think using straight vinegar may have been the problem. I know there are recommendations to clean the seals around the door with vinegar. I did that and never had any problems. Diluted with soap and water vinegar wouldn’t be as acidic. Maybe cut back some on the vinegar.

  • Betty Betty on Jun 22, 2023

    Wow, I have been using just vinegar for the softener. Thanks for the comments on the vinegar and how it could mess with my machine rubber seals around the door. So next I will clean with soap and water around the door and hopefully it will keep my machine from messing with the rubber rings.