DIY Fabric softener

DIY Fabric softener

I don’t generally use fabric softener, however, when using a clothesline for drying this DIY fabric softener is a must! I love having a clothesline, not only does it save money but a great way yo get out stains is with some great old sunlight. Especially for baby poop stains on white baby clothing. Side note: Who decided white baby clothes was a good idea? Yet I still have so much white baby clothing…

When you use a clothes line, your clothes can come off feeling stiff or a little rough. I do have reusable dryer balls, that I adore. They pound my clothes into submission, and makes them so incredibly soft. However, in the summer I’m all about the clothesline because… saving money and eco friendly. Because of that, a great fabric softener is an absolute must.

I refuse to pay the ridiculous price for fabric softener when I can make it myself though.

Bonus: This takes 2 minutes to make, and you don’t need to go out and buy any fancy ingredients, yay!

Does it work?

SO along with my DIY laundry detergent, which you can check out here http://mindfulmommybear.com/diy-laundry-detergent-chemical-free/ I added in my DIY fabric softener. I not only wanted to check if the DIY fabirc softener would work, I wanted to see if it would hamper, or help my laundry detergent.

Hecking yes it works! I was surprised, since I was a little iffy about using conditioner, but to my utter shock it worked wonderfully. My clothes have a very light scent of lavender, since blowing in the wind all day isn’t the most conducive to the scent staying strong. However, that aside, I really enjoyed this DIY. It worked! I will be adding it into the routine.

How to make this DIY fabric softener

  1. Gather your ingredients

    You will need:
    Conditioner (1 cup)
    Hot water
    White vinegar (1 1/2 cup)
    Essential oil (optional)
    Container

  2. Mix them together!

    Add all your ingredients, adding your hot water last. Add enough hot water to reach the top of the container, then stir together until fully combined. It’s completely up to you if you want to add essential oil, I’m obsessed with lavender so that is what I added.

There you go! Literally so simple! I love DIY’s that are fast, and you can immediately tell if it works. Not only that, it really does save money, because there are no random crazy ingredients you would have to hunt down. As for the essential oil, like I said it’s totally optional, but because I don’t get to add in anything scented to the drying process I enjoy adding the scent. I like my clothes to smell like I’ve just cleaned them, and lavender is my jam.

I got the idea for this DIY from http://www.lifewithlovebugs.com/diy-fabric-softener/ definitely give it a read if you have the chance! She has an absolutely wonderful blog.

Is there a DIY you want to see, or something you’ve always been curious about? Let me know!

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This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Wow I would’ve never thought of using conditioner! Thanks for sharing this DIY, I’ll have to try it out.

  2. Are you using hair conditioner for this? How much should I put in my washer when I wash my clothes? Does this work in He washers? I really want to try this but don’t want to break my washer!

    1. So I’m a bit ridiculous because I want really soft clothes, and a clothesline can make them super rough. Which means I add probably waaaay too much. I haven’t had any issues with my washing machine, but to be on the safe side I would say start with a small load of laundry and just add a few tablespoons. I do use hair conditioner, and I use whatever brand I happen to have lying around. Let me know if you have any problems! If you do, I will find you an alternative to hair conditioner!

  3. Love this! I’m always looking for things I can do myself. Thanks!

  4. Ooh I never thought to use conditioner to make fabric softener. That’s a great idea! I’ve been looking into diy cleaning products but haven’t actually made the switch yet.

  5. Thanks for this recipe! I’m currently trying to live more eco friendly and this is helpful. I’ve been making my own cleaners for my house with vinagre etc. So this is helpful.

  6. Wow! I would never have thought to do something like this. I think it’s completely awesome!

  7. OMG i had no idea that you could make this! I am going to try this out.

  8. wow – this is so simple – and great way to save money – and have your favourite fregrance 🙂

  9. What a great idea! I’ll have to try that!

  10. I’ve never thought about this being something you can DIY. How cool!

  11. I’ve looked into DIY laundry detergent but not fabric softener! I’ll have to look into this.

  12. I never use normal fabric softener as we all have quite sensitive skin but this natural fabric softener looks great! Will have to give it a go and see how soft are clothes turn out!

  13. This is great to know…and I agree…hanging your clothes outside is the best.

  14. I love finding diy things that work and are easy to make! This sounds wonderful! I also love anything with essential oils! <3

  15. omg DIY softner!!! This is amazing! It is healthier and more natural, love it!

  16. fabric softeners are so very important! I use it all the time because I want to feel better with my items esp the bedding

  17. This post is amazing. I love fabric softener for what it does for my laundry. But it’s full of nasty chemicals. So this post is really helpful for me and I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  18. I hate buying fabric softener from the store (so I never do). I love that you know exactly what’s going into your clothes when you DIY! Thank you for the “recipe”!

  19. I’ve been learning to do DIY surface cleaner and fabric softener. It’s really better when you do DIY coz it’s safer.

  20. My friend is a fan of creating her DIY home cleaning supplies. Curious if she’s done fabric softner before. I’ll share this with her.

  21. The last time, I ahve read about a DIY liquid detergent and now a DIY fabric softener. Seems like laundry task would be easier for me now 🙂

  22. Thank you for the recipe! I’ve been wanting to make this for such a long time!

  23. I have been looking for a good DIY fabric softener so I cant wait to make this and try it out!!

  24. I had no idea that we can make fabric softener at home. Thanks for sharing the DIY. I’d love to try it!

  25. Wow, this sounds great. I’m going to try this when I do my laundry again.. 😊 And I will use my favorite essential oil. Hahaha

  26. Wow, I didn’t know even fabric conditioner can also be diy. My mother would love to try this stuff.

  27. Oh that sounds great. I love diy of anything. This one is worth a try.. 😊

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