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:
- 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!)