the one wtih DIY fabric softener

Part of my DIY madness has been to make some of my own cleaning products. I mainly do it to save a little money, and stop using so many chemicals. BUT if I don’t think it works as good as the store bought products then I won’t use it . . .


One of the first ones I tried was DIY fabric softener. I new I needed to use it, but I never had and I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on it since detergent is already so expensive. I saw several things about it on pinterest (of course!) and kind of came up with my own recipe. The smell of vinegar on my clothes didn’t sound appealing to me so I took that down a notch, and didn’t include any baking soda which I’ve seen some recipes include. I figured they are both there to sanitize and I’m already using detergent so my main concern is softness!

My recipe is very simple . . .

16oz of hair conditioner – sauve works just fine, vo5 was 89 cents so that’s what I used

1.5 cups of white distilled vinegar

6 cups of water

Essential oils (optional)

then . . .

Boil the 6 cups of water

Once boiling take off stove

Add vinegar and stir

Add conditioner and stir

Add essential oils and stir

Then stir some more


You can funnel this into any container you want to keep it in! I find that if I use a scented conditioner it smells just a little – which is what I like since we both put our own scent on. But if you want more of a scent then add some essential oils – I’d start with 7 drops and go up from there. This makes a little more than half a gallon so I just keep mine in an old orange juice or milk gallon because I hide all of my cleaning products so I don’t care. But you can find mason jars in the gallon size or half gallon size pretty cheap at Target or amazon – to make it pretty!

I’ve been using it for about a year now, and I love it! My clothes are softer and have a nice, lovely scent to them. I use about a tablespoon in each small load for the full amount of time to make it easy. Scott and I do around 7-8 loads of laundry a month, and this lasts for a year so it’s totally worth it! Obviously, it’s just 2 adults here so we don’t do much laundry, but still for about $5 and 5 minutes and 90 loads this is a good deal.

Will you try it?


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