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This recipe shows a serious lack of understanding about what fabric softeners, and more importantly, the recipe ingredients are supposed to do. Fabric softeners of this type work by binding up the calcium and magnesium in hard water. The bicarbonate in baking soda is what does this. The vinegar is neutralizing some of the baking soda, without adding any benefit. This is only working because the vinegar didn't neutralize all of the baking soda. A better recipe would be to just use less baking soda (washing soda would work better) and no vinegar. Your friendly neighborhood chemist, Glenn

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Radagast97 June 27, 2007

I'm sorry but this didn't work for me. My washing machine has a center cup dispenser for fabric softener and this left the baking soda in the cup. I shook it up good too before pouring in.

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Connie Lea December 27, 2009

This is a wonderful recipe. But if you have a machine that tosses and doesn't fill for final rinse, be careful, it will spot and take the hue out of browns, yellows and some dark colors.I am talking about front loading washing machines.When in doubt use on light colors or whites.

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Montana Heart Song January 07, 2006

I really loved this everything is so soft. Made major mistake last time I made it. Had quart jar and poured vinegar in too fast, what a mess. To make matters worse, after it died down I did it again.The softener is wonderful I am a klutz.

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fppjames March 21, 2005

i love thrifty and downy makes me itch good job

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Dienia B. February 24, 2005

Be careful when using baking soda in the laundry. I have used it on heavily soiled laundry and since it is a mild abrasive it can also cause fading. Not in the sense that the water turns color, more like the color becomes "rubbed off".

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Donna H February 21, 2005

This is a great alternative to the store bought fabric softener. I was fearful that it would leave the clothes smelling of vinegar, but there wasn't even a hint of it. The laundry was soft and clean smelling. I do love the smell of Downey, but towels aren't very absorbant with it. I will use this home-made version for my towels from here on. I'm so happy to have found this recipe, thanks for posting colorboyswife.

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mermaidmagic February 20, 2005

Sorry, I had high hopes for this, but it didn't soften my clothes much -- maybe I needed to use more? Also the baking soda would not stay dispersed, even with vigorous shaking right before use. I ended up with a blob of unused baking soda in the bottom of the container.

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MzMombo April 18, 2004

I can't believe it, but this really works... and VERY well at that! No static cling and everything is soft, just like when I used the dryer sheets but without the scent (which never really stays on your clothes anyway.) Thank you so much for posting this!

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yogi March 09, 2004
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