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!
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!
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?
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
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!
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!
Been using this for about 8 months now. Wonderful recipe! Does a great job, even on my delicates, and so inexpensive! Try it!!!
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.
Thanks! Works great! I used young living essential oils: purification...my favorite!
This is a great fabric softener. It fights static cling and keeps my clothing fresh and soft. Thanks for a great recipe!