May 18, 2011

homemade fabric softener

I've had such a good response
from my post on  homemade laundry detergent
that I thought I'd do one
on homemade fabric softener.

You'll have to pay close attention
because it gets complicated.

Wait for it...

That's it....
all you need is vinegar...
1/2 cup per load.

You can add essential oil for fragrance if you want,
but it is not necessary.

OK, so, I know you're skeptical...
believe me, I never thought this would work.
And, I really didn't want to take a chance on
my clothes smelling like vinegar,
so I used it on a load of my husband's clothes first!
(don't tell him about this, either)

It worked!
I was a little worried when I opened the washing machine
and got a little whiff of vinegar,
but it goes away completely in the dryer.
Our clothes are drying faster,
and it helps to clean the washing machine.

Are our clothes Downey soft?
Well, not quite, but close enough for me.
I'll probably still throw a dryer sheet in
with the towels and sheets,
but overall, I'm very satisfied with the results.

The cost...
about 6 cents per load.


  1. I use vinegar as my fabric softener too. I air dry about 80% of our clothes {and they do have a stiff feel} I can fix that in one quick step. Once the clothes are totally dry, I pop them back into the dryer for about 15 minutes with a damp wash rag. They come out soft and totally wrinkle free! With no harmful chemicals! :)

  2. That's a great idea - I'll definitely try it - thanks!


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