Last week I shared with you how to make Laundry Detergent So I thought it only it made sense to share my homemade fabric softener and dryer sheets. You can use any kind of hair conditioner, but I choose to use the Suave Lavender/Lilac Conditioner because I can add lavender oil to intensify the scent. I’m kind’a OCD when it comes to the smell of my laundry.
Liquid Fabric Softener
- 2 cups hair conditioner
- 3 cups white vinegar
- 6 cups water
- Mix water and vinegar in a large sauce pan, heat over low
- medium heat.
- Remove the lid from the conditioner and heat in the
- microwave for 1 ½ - 2 minutes. This thins out the
- conditioner and keeps it from clumping.
- Slowly mix the conditioner into the water/vinegar
- mixture and turn off heat.
Although the homemade liquid fabric softener works well, I d0n’t find it budget friendly. The recipe only makes 88oz and if you are using ½ cup per load that works out to a whopping $0.13 per load. In addition to it not being budget friendly the water tends to dilute the smell and remember, I’m OCD about smell. Since I am always looking for a good deal I came up with a more economical way to use the home made fabric softener.
I can’t tell you how many loads you will get by using it this way, but I can tell you it works out to be less than $0.01 per load & works great, now that’s what I call budget friendly.
- Homemade fabric softener
- 1 sponge
- Tupperware Pick-a-deli container
- Fill the Tupperware container with fabric softener. Insert 1 sponge, cut in half.
- To use: ring out sponge and place in dryer.
I like to use the Tupperware Pick-A-Deli Container for storing my fabric softener because it cuts down on the mess. The Pick-A-Deli container has a strainer which is perfect for holding the sponges that I use as dryer sheets. When you are ready for a dryer sheet just lift up the strainer, pull out a sponge and gently ring out extra liquid. Throw the sponge in the dryer just like you would a dryer sheet. When the load is dry just return the sponge to the Pick-A-Deli container for future use.
What homemade cleaners do you use?
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Laura Belleau says
Love it! I always end up with extra conditioner here. I've got to try ths!
I love the smell of Baby Magic lavender hair and body wash, can I use it instead of conditioner?
I wouldn’t suggest using body wash, it has soap in it which wouldn’t be good to use when drying because it won’t rinse out of the clothes.
I just use a cheap hair conditioner.
Wonderful! I actually came across this article after realizing that I had completely run out of dryer sheets. Of course I had to find this out after already having a washer full of laundry. I tested out the Fabric Softener recipe using some hair conditioner that I already had on hand and I have to tell you, I am seriously impressed. Instead of using a sponge I ended up using a washcloth and wrung it out, tossed it in the dryer with my clothes. I am never going back to commercial Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softener. I couldn’t believe how soft everything was! Lightly scented and absolutely zero static. I love this! Thank you so much for sharing. I definitely will be passing this article on to friends and family. Just wanted to say thank you for transforming my laundry as well as saving me money. Much appreciated! 🙂