In our effort to simplify our household, I’ve started making a lot of our own cleaning and household products! One of my favorites so far is the homemade fabric softener! Before finding this “recipe”, I would typically use dryer sheets (sometimes liquid softener). Not only do dryer sheets create more unnecessary waste for your household, the residue can begin to clog up your dryer- not ideal. Store bought liquid softener is usually full of chemicals or weird ingredients you can’t pronounce. For me, I want to use as many natural products as I can which is why this DIY Fabric Softener is my laundry’s new best friend :)


Taken from An Organic Wife (unfortunately, she is no longer blogging but you can find her on Facebook!)

Homemade Fabric Softener

3 cups distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
15-20 drops of essential oil (I use lavender, but, you could use lemon, orange, tea tree etc.- anything fresh and appealing to you!)
Glass container (I use a mason jar)

Pour 3 cups white vinegar into your container. Next, add your essential oil drops and shake well. Lastly, add in 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol and shake well again. You’re done! :)

For small loads, I use 1/4 cup of the mixture and fill the rest of my dispenser with water. For larger loads, I use 1/2 cup and fill the rest of my dispenser with water. 

It is seriously THAT easy and quick. Another upside to this version is it lasts for a good amount of time before you need to make more. You can also experiment with each batch’s scent by trying different essential oils. Just remember to use something that you won’t mind being on your laundry- the scent isn’t strong at all, but, some oils are stronger than others!

Side note: make sure you label your fabric softener so no one mistakes what it is! 

What are your favorite DIY household products? Let me know below! :)


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