September 14th, 2011

DIY: How to Make Your Own Fabric Softener

DIY fabric softener

I have a confession to make. I don’t use fabric softener often. If I use it at all, it’s on loads of towels, sheets, or whites. Even then, I dilute it because a) that makes it go farther; and b) it gives the clothes just enough fresh smell so as not to be overpowering. I would hate to send my husband off to work smelling “pretty,” if you know what I mean. ;)

When the subject of my homemade laundry soap recipe (the high efficiency recipe is here)  came up on my Facebook page last month, one of my friends from Michigan mentioned that she not only makes her own laundry soap, but she also now makes her own fabric softener. Well, that was all the encouragement I needed!

So move over, Downy! Here is my friend Jo’s recipe for do-it-yourself fabric softener:

Ingredients: ‎

  • 6 cups hot water
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups Suave conditioner (I use a whole regular size bottle of conditioner. It’s a little more than 2 cups, but not much more, and it works great)  :)


Stir the ingredients until the conditioner is mixed in really well. Store in a container that is easy to shake (old Downy bottle?). There’s no boiling or anything for the softener.

So there you have it. An inexpensive DIY solution to store-bought fabric softener. (But I still plan to use it sparingly!)

5 comments to DIY: How to Make Your Own Fabric Softener

  • You know, I’ve been making my own laundry soap for years and love it for everything except whites (we get weird greasy spots on whites). I tried the home-made downey though (many different versions) and have never thought it did a good enough job. So I buy regular Snuggle (I’m too sensitive to the ‘new’ Downey scents) and use it sparingly. Maybe it will work better for you.

    • I’ve got a coupon for a free bottle of Suave, and the other ingredients are already sitting around the house, so I thought I’d give it a try without too much invested. Thanks for your input.

      • I think that’s how I decided to do it too. It’s almost free and it can’t hurt to try. If you’re not used to the ‘real’ stuff it’s better than nothing. I blame my mom/aunt and their love of fabric softener for brainwashing me. I need the Snuggle soft/smell to make me happy. :)

  • Mike R

    I regularly use this method along with homemade laundry soap I do add about 1/4 cup of dollar store brand fabreeze to the mix and even my picky wife can’t tell I have been using it for months.

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