Now they show you how detergents take out bloodstains, a pretty violent image there. I think if you’ve got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe laundry isn’t your biggest problem.Maybe you should get rid of the body before you do the wash.
It’s really simple to make your own fabric softener.
Doing it myself it’s enabled me to cut our budget of $60+ per month on laundry related items to about $25 PER YEAR plus I can make it custom scented and I know that our clothing is not being washed in unnecessary chemicals!
Yes, you read that right.
That’s doing the wash for 6 people and many animals!
I was so excited about my DIY Laundry Soap, I immediately jumped right into making my own Fabric Softener too.
I totally failed.
I tried another recipe.
It too failed.
It was not at all what I was looking for.
Meg was not pleased.
I dug further and uncovered a landslide of recipes.
Each a little different, all claiming wonderfulness and I was still woefully not finding anything that fit my bill.
Sadly I schlepped to the store for another year to purchase my Downy Fabric Softener with my pathetic low value coupons that they issue.
The people at Downy know they have us by the nose and don’t need to issue wicked coupons to stoke their customers because we’ll all purchase it anyway. BOO! Habit made me pay too much for too long.
I’ll show Downy!
To the phone!
I called my favorite natural mama friend and asked her to spill the beans on her softener.
She asked me how many recipes I’d tried already.
She confessed to going through 13 before coming across this recipe.
Thanks be to her for the easier way of only 4 attemps before running crying for help.
5 minutes and you’re softener is ready!
Grab an old large pitcher, bowl or pot.
A pitcher just makes it easier to transfer to the container you’ll store it in and dispense it from.
In your pitcher add:
2 Cups of Hair Conditioner
One large bottle should be enough. We’re talking the cheap stuff from the .99 Cent Only Store/Dollar Tree/Dollar General unless you want to bust the budget and bust out the good stuff. I often get my conditioner for free using coupons. This is all about being cheap so don’t let the wheels come off the cart with this step. Say it with me… Suave and White Rain are my friends.
I rather like the Coconut flavor at the moment. :) I avoid the bright and darker colored conditioners. I can’t say that using a red or blue conditioner will effect your clothes as I have no experience with this but what I do works for me so I’m not going to risk it.
3 Cups WHITE Vinegar (Don’t substitute another type of vinegar here)
Last spring I was able to stock up on vinegar using coupons, each bottle was .02 cents. This makes my fabric softener EXTRA cheap to make. Even if you went to the store, a large bottle of white vinegar should not cost you more than $2.50 here in California.
Don’t worry… I PROMISE your clothes will not come out smelling of vinegar.
Vinegar is also a natural whiting agent and odor eliminator as well.
Wow, arn’t you just a smarty using a natural secret weapon to secretly Kung Fu the laundry into the cleanest it’s ever been!
6 Cups of Hot Water
You may also add essential oils if you choose to scent the fabric softener further but so far I’m enjoying the light fresh scent that comes with my conditioner choice.
You, my friend, are ready to do some wash!
I use my handy dandy leftover fabric softener container from way back when I was paying a small fortune to Proctor and Gamble each month.
I grabbed a funnel to make the transfer easy.
Pour the contents of the pitcher into the leftover container.
I like to shake before using. I don’t know that it’s a critical step but that’s just how I roll- if it’s not broke, don’t go trying to mess it up.
Use the same amount as you normally would of the old store bought kind.
It’s ready to be used right away!
CAUTION: DO NOT USE THIS FABRIC SOFTENER WITH BLEACH!!!!!!!!
It’s contains vinegar. When you mix Vinegar + Bleach= Toxic Chlorine Gas
DO NOT MIX VINEGAR AND BLEACH!
Well, unless you really want to wage chemical warfare on yourself.
“What did you do today Honey?”
“Oh, I made mustard gas in the washing machine and almost killed us.”
(If you mixed them already… open all doors, windows, turn on all available fans and remove yourself, children and pets away from the fumes)
I did this once cleaning a toilet by accident and it was AWFUL!
It’s as simple as that!
That’s all it takes to make your own Fabric Softener.
5 minutes, $2 or less and you have 10+ Cups of Fantastic Fabric Softener!
It’s worth the $2 plunked down in the name of taking freaky leaps into super savings, right?
Once you try it, you’ll break up with Downy too.
This is another Do-It-Yourself Leap that I am thrilled I took!
Now only if I could come up with a way to make the laundry do it’s self.
Until then… an extra 5 minutes now and then will add up to major savings in the end!
wishing the laundry fairy would visit,