Homemade fabric softener made with inexpensive hair conditioner and white vinegar saves money, soften clothes and reduces static!
I don’t know what liquid fabric softener costs where you live, but here in central Ohio it ranges from $5.99 – $7.99 a bottle. I’ve been wanting to make homemade fabric softener for a long time. I actually don’t use much fabric softener in the summer months, but winter is here and I want to be prepared! Plus, I love the idea of saving money.
I did some research and found several different recipes. Some of which included essential oils. Well, I haven’t jumped on the essential oil band wagon yet, so I didn’t want to go that route. I was most interested in the fabric softener that incorporated inexpensive hair conditioner. I found a couple of blogs where people said they actually did a comparison of different homemade fabric softeners and this particular method was their favorite.
How to Make Homemade Fabric Softener with Hair Conditioner
Homemade Liquid Fabric Softener
- 1 cup hair conditioner (inexpensive like Suave works best)
- 5 cups hot water
- 3 cups white vinegar
- In a large bowl, add hair conditioner to hot water and stir gently to combine.
- Add white vinegar and stir gently to combine.
- Pour fabric softener solution into bottle.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for adding liquid fabric softener to your washing machine.
I saved empty coffee creamer bottles and filled them with my homemade liquid fabric softener. The coffee creamer bottles make for the perfect containers! They have a pouring spot and a snap close lid.
I’ve been using this homemade liquid fabric softener for months now. It doesn’t add as much “perfume” to your laundry as store bought fabric softener and I seem to still have some static, but otherwise, I’m really pleased with my homemade liquid fabric softener.
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I hope you give this homemade liquid fabric softener a try. I’ve read that you can also put some of the fabric softener on a clean washcloth and add it to your dryer for even fresher smelling clothes with less static. I’ll have to give that a try and let you know if it helps with the static.
If you have any cleaning tips that you love, I’d love to hear about it. If you have a solution to static, I’d really love to hear about that! Just leave a comment below or email them to me!
Til next time…