I thought I’d share another Do It Yourself project I’m loving these days. A few months ago I found a recipe online and started making my own fabric softener! We do a TON of laundry around here and our endless piles are only going to grow as our family does. It kills me to spend so much money on a bottle of Downy fabric softener and I feel guilty as I fly through a bottle within just a short period of time.
This simple recipe is cheap and I have found it honestly makes no difference in the outcome of my laundry besides the fact that it’s scent is not as strong as what you get when buying store bought softener…which may not be a bad thing! After using it for several months, I had run out of the homemade fabric softener so I used some of the Downy I had left over from a while back to wash our sheets. Bret and I were both amazed when we crawled into bed that night at just how strong the scent was…almost too strong now that we were not used to it.
What you will need: 6 Cups Water, 2 Cups Hair Conditioner (I’m a sucker for the Suave Ocean Breeze Scent. You can use any brand/scent you like), 3 Cups Distilled White Vinegar, Measuring Cup, Long Spoon & 1 Empty Milk Jug (a funnel helps as well!).
Directions: In a clean milk jug, gently mix/stir together hair conditioner, water & vinegar. I’ve found using hot water helps break down the conditioner a bit better when stirring. I use the same amount of the homemade softener as I did the Downy and pour it right into the fabric softener dispenser of our HE washer. I scored the hair conditioner for under $1 (I’m sure with coupons and such you could get it even cheaper) and we all know how cheap vinegar is…not to mention it’s MANY uses and the fact that you’re just using a small portion of it with each batch you make. We’re looking at mayybe $1 for a jug of fabric softener which makes me one happy, money saving Mama!
I never have used dryer sheets. They’re so pricey and we would go through a ton way too fast. I’m a fan of the wonderful (but ridiculously smelly) Static Guard Spray on the rare occasions I have static cling. After reading online you can make you own “liquid dryer sheets” using your homemade fabric softener I thought I’d try it!
What you’ll need: A New Clean Sponge, 1 Container with Lid (that your sponge will fit in. I used an old yogurt container), Water & Homemade Fabric Softener.
Directions: Mix together one part fabric softener and three parts water. Drop in your sponge and you are good to go! Simply place your damp (not dripping) sponge into the beginning of each dryer cycle for a boost of freshness and to eliminate static cling! At the end of each cycle, your sponge goes right back into your “Liquid Dryer Sheets” container and is ready for the next use.