Homemade Fabric Softener

Inexpensive Homemade Fabric Softener

So you have started making your own homemade laundry detergent, you love the savings and the ease of it.

Well here’s another product to take your laundry even greener and eliminate those harmful chemicals altogether!

Homemade fabric softener

Vinegar Homemade Fabric Softener

Vinegar is an all natural softener and cleaner, not only will it soften your clothes but it’ll remove any soap residue in your machine!

you can add it right to your fabric softener dispenser or use a downy ball and toss it in your wash. I also like to add lavender essential oil to add a fragrance to it.

  •  3 cups white vinegar
  •  1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  •  20 drops of essential oil (optional)


Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and shake. That’s It!

Hard Water Homemade Fabric Softener

Yes, technically the ingredients below chemically neutralize each other but if you have hard water like I do, this seems to do the trick.


  • 1 cup White Distilled Vinegar
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 2 cups Hot Water
  • Optional: Essential Oil for fragrance


In a bucket, stir together the hot water and baking soda until mixed (it won’t completely dissolve). Slowly begin to add the vinegar (be aware it will bubble up so extra emphasis on slowly) until well mixed. Pour into a storage container & shake before each use. Fill a Downy Ball with the mixture as normal or use 1/4 cup in the rinse cycle.

Homemade Wool Dryer Balls  

another easy product to make that will  reduce the static in your dryer and eliminate those toxic dryer sheets!


  • 100 percent wool yarn
  • Pantyhose
  • Essential oil (optional)


1. Wrap wool yarn around two or three fingers at least a dozen times, then make a bow by wrapping yarn tightly around middle of wrapped yarn. Bring both sides together and wrap tightly in different directions to make a small ball.

2. Push the wool balls into one pantyhose leg, knotting the pantyhose between each ball so they don’t touch. Run through the washer with a load of towels on hot cycle, then toss into dryer on hot. Once dry, remove from pantyhose. Each ball should appear “felted” — the wool fibers tightly adhered. Snip any loose strands.

To use:

1. Scent balls with essential oil, if desired (it’ll last a few loads).

2. Toss at least 2 balls into dryer with wet laundry.

Homemade Dryer Sheets

These dryer sheets wont actually soften your laundry but it will make them smell nice!

Cut up an old cotton T-shirt that you don’t plan on using anymore to 5 or 6in squares. Add 3-5 drops of essential oil to your cloth and throw it in the dryer with your next load. These dryer sheets can be used for 2 or 3 loads, each time adding 3 more drops of your favorite essential oil.



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