Make Your Own Fabric Softener to Avoid Toxic Chemicals


I personally like homemade fabric softeners. Homemade eco-friendly fabric softener helps fluff and freshen your clothes without artificial fragrances or ingredients and leave behind that strange chemical softness that dryer sheets do. Homemade fabric softener create a completely harmless and effective product and best part it is free from toxic chemicals, such as benzyl acetate which is linked to pancreatic and skin cancer, which can become absorbed into the skin or inhaled.

Here are 3 frugal recipe ideas that make use of vinegar’s ability to work as a homemade fabric softener.

Homemade Fabric Softener Recipes

Recipe #1


6 cups water
3 cups white vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner


Mix water, vinegar, and hair conditioner in a 1 gallon container; stir.
Do not shake it; it will cause foaming.
Use the same amount you normally use in a rinse cycle or spritz it on a wash cloth and throw in dryer.

Recipe #2

This is simple method for softening clothing. All you need is a little baking soda added in during the rinse cycle and your good to go. It’s simple and it works great. It combines the power of both baking soda and vinegar into one super fabric softener.


6 cups vinegar
1 cup baking soda
15 drops essential oil (optional)


Pour the vinegar into a large bowl.
Add your essential oil, if using.
Add baking soda.
When fizz has settled, pour into storage container of choice.
Use up to 1 cup (depending on load size) per load.
After pouring in the baking soda and letting it dissolve, the oil no longer sat at the top.

Recipe #3


Large jar or container with lid
16 ounces distilled white vinegar
Essential oil
Fresh herbs


Simply measure and add four cups of vinegar to a jar and 10 to 12 drops of your favorite essential oil.
Simply shake and add 1/4 cup to your washing machine’s fabric softener dispenser per load of laundry.
For an extra boost of scent, add a sprig of fresh rosemary, lavender, or mint.





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Phyllis Bentley
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