Make-It-Monday: Reusable Fabric Softener

I had actually planned on sharing a new laundry detergent recipe this week.  Then I stumbled upon a recipe for home made fabric softener.

I HAVE to try this.

I currently use a wool dryer ball which works like a charm.   I have absolutely no complaints about it.  The only real downside is sometimes it gets lost in my sheets and I don’t want to dig through the laundry to find it before moving the next load from the washer to the dryer.  I have an outdoor laundry room that has no space for folding laundry – so when I’m pulling things out of the dryer, it’s with the intent of bringing it all inside to sort and fold. Thus the dryer ball dilemma.

Vinegar is said to help reduce static cling when using it in washing or drying your clothes. The way I see it, even if it doesn’t work AS good as my wool dryer ball, it’s SOMETHING.  Because honestly, I’ve used nothing at times when I couldn’t find my dryer ball.  Having this recipe on hand in the laundry room will be a game changer for me.

The recipe is from the Bren Did Blog

NATURAL HOMEMADE FABRIC SOFTENER & DRYER SHEETS RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 c. White vinegar
  • 2 c. Water
  • 1/8 c. Vegetable glycerin
  • 10-20 drops Essential oil (optional)
  • cotton cloth (for dryer sheets)

LIQUID FABRIC SOFTENER DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine white vinegar, water and glycerin in a glass jar. (To make liquid fabric softener mix together in a vinegar jug, it’s easy to pour into the machine.)
  2. Add essential oils, if desired, and stir or shake to combine. 

DRYER SHEET DIRECTIONS

Add 100% cotton cloths to the fabric softener container. Mine are made from flannel fabric and are approximately 5  x 8 inches. Stitch around the edge to prevent unraveling (this step is cosmetic – you can simply rip up strips of flannel or cotton jersey). Tip – An old 100% cotton t-shirt can be cut up and made into dryer sheets. Make sure it’s 100% cotton.)

HOW TO USE HOMEMADE FABRIC SOFTENER

  • Liquid Fabric Softener – Add ½ cup to the final rinse cycle. Use fabric softener dispenser or a dispenser ball.
  • Fabric Softener Sheets – Remove a fabric sheet from the jar and squeeze so it is not dripping. Add a sheet to the dryer with wet laundry and dry as usual.

So not only are we saving our skin from awful chemical what-nots in standard dryer sheets, we’re given an opportunity to repurpose that old flannel or shirt you may have been debating getting rid of.

It’s empowering to be able to repurpose items and make your own everyday products without having to deal with one-time-use packaging and plastics.  As an extra perk:  it’s almost always cheaper to make your own too! It’s a win win situation and Wild Radish Studio will continue to make it more accessible on a local level as well as by sharing recipes like these.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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