Homemade Fabric Softener

Okay, so here I am again, with a frugal DIY tip. I love being frugal and spending my money wisely so I love new tips on better ways to do it.

And so I present to you:

Homemade Fabric Softener
And giving credit where its due: I came up with this formula after seeing a couple “recipes” floating around and combined what I liked best about each. This is where I got the base.
It’s quite simple and actually kinda fun because you can experiment with different scents. The cast of ingredients:
6 cups hot water
4 cups vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner (any scent)
2 Tbsp. Purex crystals dissolved in hot water
I usually just pick up the cheapest brand of conditioner. Suave has good prices and a good variety of scents so that’s what I use. It’s really simple. I just pour all the ingredients together in an empty fabric softener bottle, shake really well to mix and then its good to go. The purex crystals are optional but I like to use them to calm down the vinegar scent of the mixture. It’s not very strong but the crystals do make it smell more like Downy. If you wait to get them till they’re on sale it really shouldn’t be too expensive, considering that you only  use two tablespoons per batch.
I haven’t done any calculating but I think homemade softener is cheaper than buying especially expensive brands like Downy. This recipe mostly fills up the following large Purex bottle. ( don’t go by the half-full amount on the picture).
So there you go! It works great, is fun to make, and what’s not to love about it? 
Coming up: 
Homemade Foaming Hand Soap,
A Great Alternative to Glade and Febreeze Plugins
A Book Sale From My Very Own Collection of Books
Stay tuned!

4 thoughts on “Homemade Fabric Softener

  1. Nice! I found some homemade fabric softener how-tos recently too. We tried one or two of the recipes and weren't impressed. Give us Downy. But this stuff looks much more workable and do-able and smell-good-able. Looking forward to trying it out.

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  2. Yeah, we've been using it for the past year and love it. And I agree, if something doesn't work for you, there's no point in making it even if it is cheaper. That's what happened with us and homemade laundry detergent. Way cheaper but our whites got dingy. So that idea went down the drain, ha ha ha 🙂

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  3. Got the stuff to try it. I also made a batch of homemade laundry soap and am using the same scent crystals in both so that the scents won't clash. 🙂

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  4. What kind of homemade laundry soap do you make? I would be interested in making some more if I would have a good recommendation. Michael has a skin allergy and he can handle Tide which is what we've been getting. I would be open to trying a new kind and seeing if he reacts.

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