Switch to a homemade version of this laundry necessity to avoid the possible allergies and irritants in store-bought fabric softener while also saving money.

By adding a cap of liquid fabric softener to certain loads of laundry, you may condition the clothes fibres and textiles that are going through the cycle. Maintaining the material’s quality, eliminating static, and sometimes even scenting your wash might be just what your beloved T-shirts require. Unfortunately, many store-bought softeners include harsh colours and chemicals that can irritate delicate skin and cause allergic reactions. Creating your own liquid fabric softener is similar to making your own laundry detergent.

You’ll have total control over what cleans the clothing on your back and the linens on your bed by combining a few basic ingredients—and you’ll even save money by eliminating one more costly laundry essential from your shopping bill. This popular DIY fabric softener recipe uses on store-bought items that you most likely already have on hand.

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Make Your Own Fabric Softener

Gather Ingredients

Take out a big container to mix the homemade fabric softener in—a 1-gallon pitcher or a bucket would suffice. After fully combining all of the ingredients, use the pitcher’s spout to easily pour into another bottle for storage; otherwise, if you whisk the components in a bowl, you’ll also need a funnel.

Using a pot or kettle, bring 6 cups of water to a boil on the stove.

Add Hot Water and Conditioner

In your container, combine the hot water and 2 cups of hair conditioner. (There’s no need to limit yourself to a high-priced professional brand—doing so will nullify some of the DIY’s cost-saving benefits.) Almost any generic brand would suffice, as long as you enjoy the smell and have thoroughly researched the contents to rule out any potential sensitivities.) The hot water will help thin down the thick conditioner, making it easier to mix the two components and whisk out any lumps with a spoon.

Add Vinegar

While the liquid is still warm, add the 3 cups of vinegar (a popular natural laundry agent that removes smells and softens fibres) and stir well. Make sure not to shake the mixture or your conditioner will get sudsy!

Store It

Fill an old fabric softener bottle halfway with the completed mixture from your pitcher or basin (again, using a funnel if you need one). You don’t have any bottles? Any clean, gallon-sized container with a resealable top, such as a milk jug, can be substituted; just select something that will allow for an easy pour into a measuring scoop when it’s time to do the laundry.

Wool Dryer Ball Method

Wool dryer balls are by far my favourite natural DIY fabric softening technique. I love wool dryer balls because they eliminate the need to scoop, spritz, or pour more items into your clothes.

All you have to do is toss a few of wool dryer balls into your dryer, perhaps with a few drops of essential oils on top, and you’re good to go. This means you won’t have to spend extra money on vinegar or baking soda, as you would with other DIY fabric softeners.

Wool dryer balls may last up to 1000 loads without costing you a penny extra!

How To Use Your Fabric Softener

When it’s time to put your homemade fabric softener to the test, apply it on appropriate textiles the same way you’d use store-bought softener—about a quarter- or half-cup at the start of the rinse cycle will suffice. Most machines include a dispenser, but you could also use an automated fabric softener–dispensing ball to spread throughout the contents of a top-loading washing machine to make laundry day even less of a burden.

How Much Homemade Fabric Softener Should I Use?

Use up to 1 cup each load (depending on load size). I just put mine in the usual fabric softener compartment of the washing machine and it works wonderfully!

Use a Sponge to Make a Dryer Sheet

This will stretch the life of your fabric softener formula even more! Simply take a clean sponge, dip it into the homemade fabric softener, wring it out thoroughly, and put it in the dryer with your clothing. Then do it again.

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