FABRIC SOFTENER SHEETS:
large bottle of liquid fabric softener
5 gallon bucket
Clean kitchen sponges cut in half
Mix It Up:
Step 1 – Pour fab softener in bucket. Fill empty bottle up, twice and add to bucket.
Step 2 – Stir
Step 3 – Place sponges in fabric softener mixture.
When ready to use, squeeze excess fabric softener from sponge and toss in the dry with wet laundry. After laundry dries, remove sponge and drop back into the homemade fabric softener mixture.
VINEGAR LAUNDRY SOFTENER:
Vinegar Laundry Softener
Vinegar is my fabric softener of choice. Aside from being a natural softener, it also removes soap residue in the washing machine and reduces static in the dryer. You can add vinegar to a Downy ball and throw it in with your laundry, or pour vinegar into the fabric softener dispenser if your washing machine has one. I have even added 1-2 drops of my favorite essential oil to the vinegar in the softener dispenser. My mother caught me standing over the washing machine one day with a glass dropper in one hand and a bottle of lavender essential oil in the other, and commented that it looked as though I was running a science lab out of my laundry room. I feel like a scientist sometimes as I experiment with combinations of my favorite oils in the laundry. Sweet orange brightens and fights stains, lavender offers a calming effect, and peppermint can help fight tough odors on clothing.
You can pre-mix your fabric-softening vinegar by using the following recipe:
A simple solution:
1 gallon white vinegar
30-40 drops of essential oil (where to buy 100% pure essential oils)
Lavender-scented softener is one of my favorites, or a combination of sweet orange and lemon when I need a pick-me-up on laundry day! A third suggestion is to use peppermint, although I would cut this back to 20 drops because it is quite potent.
Just shake well before each use and it’s ready for the rinse cycle. For small or average loads add 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle, or a little more for large loads.