By tuttifrutti on June 11, 2005
"A cheaper alternative to buying liquid fabric softener at the store"
Serving Size: 1 (1874 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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."
" i love thrifty and downy makes me itch good job"
"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"."
"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."
"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."
"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! "
"Personally, I think the smell of Downey is highly overrated - this substitute is a must for any thrifty laundress! I added it during the rinse cycle - my towels and my husband's work clothes were soft & static free and I saved money. Thanx colorboyswife! "
"I love soft clothes but I hate the oily feel you get after a while using fabric softeners. This cures that problem! The clothes are soft! And the towels absorb water again! Thank you so much! I no longer have to dry my kids with 'sandpaper' towels!"
"Wow, this is going to save a lot of $ for us. The first load I must not have added enough(was very lg load) and I wasn't impressed but tried again on reg size load & everything was soft & no static.I love the fact that there's no sent to give me a headache.THANKS!!!"
"I couldn't agree more with the other reviewer of this recipe. This was super wonderful - it worked like a charm! I used it this evening on my lightweight clothes and on some heavy bath towels as well. I hung them outside on the drying rack. Hours later, the clothes have dried and are wonderfully soft. Thank you so much for posting this! Made my day:-) Merry Christmas!"
"For all of the price conscious women (and men)...this does exactly what she says! I have been using it for about two weeks now, both in my dryer and hanging clothes outside...which I love to do! Today I gave it a real test and hung clothes outside on a cold, calm day. I had both lightweight white stuff and heavy knit colored clothes. They are wonderfully soft. Good stuff!"