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DIY: How to make Homemade Fabric Softener

Published on April 8th 2015 by under DIY

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.

Homemade Fabric Softener

Homemade Fabric Softener

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

Ingredients

  • Epsom salt (or coarse salt as epsom salt substitute) – 2 cups
  • Essential oil (rosemary, mint, etc.) – 20-30 drops
  • Baking soda – ½ cup
Fabric Softener Crystals

Fabric Softener Crystals

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).

Tips

  1. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, the crystal recipe (without vinegar) is ideal for you.
  2. You can use coarse sea salt as an epsom salt substitute.
  3. If you want a fresh smell of lemon, replace essential oil with 2tbsp of fresh lemon juice.

Homemade Liquid Fabric Softener

Ingredients

  • Apple cider Vinegar – 1 cup
  • Essential oil – 4 drops
  • Baking soda – ¼ cup
  • Borax – 1 tsp
Homemade Liquid Fabric Softener

Homemade Liquid Fabric Softener

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.

Tips

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

Ingredients

  • Hair conditioner – 1 cup
  • Vinegar – 3 cups
  • Water (hot) – 5 cups
DIY Hair Conditioner Fabric Softener

DIY Hair Conditioner Fabric Softener

How to make

Mix all the ingredients together and store in a container.

Tips

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.

Homemade Dryer Sheets as Fabric Softener

Homemade Dryer Sheets as Fabric Softener

DIY Homemade Fabric Softener Video

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