Homemade Recipes (Fabric softener sheets, fabric softener, laundry detergent)


Dryer 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.


Fabric 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.



4 cups hot water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar (found in Kroger, in the laundry aisle)
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax
Essential oils (optional)
*Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with some water.  Stir until it is all melted.
*Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water.
*Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax
*Stir until dissolved.
*Fill the rest of the bucket to the top with hot water
*Cover and sit overnight to thicken
Next day
*Stir concentrate
*Take empty container and fill 1/2 way with concentrate (add essential oils, if you want a scent other than lemony)
*Fill the rest of it with warm water.
*Shake before use

1 thought on “Homemade Recipes (Fabric softener sheets, fabric softener, laundry detergent)”

  1. You can microwave the bar soap for a few minutes on high power…about five minutes in mine. Then when it cools you can crush it in your hands! Way easier than grating and theraputic at the same time…

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