DIY: How to make Homemade Fabric Softener
It has been proven that the chemical content of the commercial fabric softeners available in the market are extremely harmful. Especially the ingredients like ‘quats’ (quaternary ammonium compounds), toxic compounds like phthalates, synthetic musks, etc. are dangerous! Prolonged use of these products might prove to be even fatal. These are not merely carcinogenic but are also hormone disruptors, or even assist in developing antibiotic resistance in the body.
We are here to share with you the best homemade fabric softener recipes that are natural and devoid of all these toxins.
How to make Fabric Softener Crystals
- Epsom salt (or coarse salt as epsom salt substitute) – 2 cups
- Essential oil (rosemary, mint, etc.) – 20-30 drops
- Baking soda – ½ cup
How to make
Pour the essential oil in the salt and stir with a spoon until the salt absorbs it and spread evenly. Later, add the baking soda to this mixture and mix again thoroughly. This is your fabric softener crystal.
How to use
Add 2-3 tbsp of this mixture per load of your laundry only during your normal rinse cycle (and not during the washing process).
- If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, the crystal recipe (without vinegar) is ideal for you.
- You can use coarse sea salt as an epsom salt substitute.
- If you want a fresh smell of lemon, replace essential oil with 2tbsp of fresh lemon juice.
Homemade Liquid Fabric Softener
- Apple cider Vinegar – 1 cup
- Essential oil – 4 drops
- Baking soda – ¼ cup
- Borax – 1 tsp
How to make
Mix the vinegar and essential oil together in a bowl and stir. Add the baking powder and borax, and allow the fizz to settle. Use this directly as a rinsing liquid before you follow the normal process of rinsing in your washing machine.
The above recipe is for one load laundry. You can proportionately increase the ingredients if you want to store it for future use. Do not use the essential oil if you would like it unscented.
DIY Hair Conditioner Fabric Softener
- Hair conditioner – 1 cup
- Vinegar – 3 cups
- Water (hot) – 5 cups
How to make
Mix all the ingredients together and store in a container.
It is safe to use any cheap hair conditioner. An expensive conditioner would hardly make any difference. So do not waste money.
Easy Fabric Softener (Natural and Eco-friendly)
Just add 1 cup of glycerin to 1 gallon of water, mix well, and use this mixture directly while rinsing your clothes in your washing machine. This is even better for your hands if you have sensitive skin.
Homemade Dryer Sheets as Fabric Softener
Dryer sheets also make great fabric softeners which you can make at home. They are popular especially amongst those who do not prefer liquid softeners. We will soon bring you resources for making extremely simple homemade fabric softeners.
DIY Homemade Fabric Softener Video
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