27 Reviews

Great alternative to commercial fabric softeners. I used a citrus liquid potpourri for scent, believe it or not, and that worked fine. Clothes came out with a little static but I'm not not too concerned about static. I'm more concerned about the softness of my clothes since I live in a very hard water area. But with this homemade softener, the clothes certainly came out acceptably soft....and without that fake "chemical" feeling. I'll definitely use this instead of Downey. Update: After 2-3 months of using this, my clothes are now much more noticeably whiter. We live in a very hard water area and hard water can really make clothes dingy, so this stuff is a godsend. I will never buy commercial fabric softener again!

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Goody2shz May 02, 2008

I made a small batch of this today to try it out. I liked that it has less baking soda than other recipes. I used it on my bed linens, and then hung them out to dry on the line. The next full-size batch I make, I might put in a little borax too, just to add a little more booster to it. I think I will also make it without the frangrance, and then choose my fragrance when I do the laundry. That way I can choose to go fragrance free, or select whichever fragrance I'm in the mood for. Thanks, Littlemomma...I like the recipe!

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Ms*Bindy June 17, 2007

Made this recipe a couple weeks ago and háve loved it, but my son told me this weekend that if he gets hot ( like working out) then he starts smelling the vinegar! Any suggestions for that? Anyone else have that happen?

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Methurman August 29, 2011

I have used this recipe for about 6 wks. and I just love it . , I even gave it to my sister. I do not use any fragrance at all. THanks so much , Joanne

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granny_j42 February 24, 2010

We hang our clothes to dry and the clothes have been noticeably less crunchy in the drying process. This receipe is simple easy and there are good results!

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Chef Rrrrrrose November 01, 2009

I moved to hard-water central Texas and had to start using more fabric softener at a time I had a lot less money to spend. So I am going to homemade laundry products all-around. This works great, easy to make -- but you should wear goggles while mixing it. And don't cap the bottle when you shake it! I added my French vanilla oils, and tomorrow I will make up some lavender tea from the buds I use for my homemade herbal tea, and add that to it. That should put Downy out of business! I started making my own dishwasher products last month - nothing like vinegar in the rinse to get rid of those hard water white blotches!

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Herbal Tea Lady August 27, 2009

Been using this for about 8 months now. Wonderful recipe! Does a great job, even on my delicates, and so inexpensive! Try it!!!

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tess5389 August 15, 2009

I tried this out. When I have an acrylic yarn baby blanket it is still staticky but for everything else it seems to do fine. When there was still any static I got my hands wet and grabbed and shook the offending item. That works too. I like the idea of not having chemicals coating the clothes and this will cost much less than store fabric softener too.

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Chief cook and bottlewasher February 12, 2009

Thanks! Works great! I used young living essential oils: purification...my favorite!

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eavey November 12, 2008

This is a great fabric softener. It fights static cling and keeps my clothing fresh and soft. Thanks for a great recipe!

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peppergirl October 30, 2008
Homemade Fabric Softener