About two months ago, I posted a recipe for homemade laundry detergent. I’ve since received lots of positive feedback from those of you that have tried the recipe. This past weekend, I decided to try homemade fabric softener as well.
I’ve tried adding straight vinegar to the rinse cycle while washing towels in the past, and I wasn’t super happy with the results. I just couldn’t get past the vinegar scent in the laundry room. And whether the towels retained that scent or not, I was convinced I could smell a hint of vinegar on the dried towels.
I decided to try a baking soda and vinegar recipe to see if that would help neutralize the scent of the vinegar. After some trial and error, this is the recipe I was the most satisfied with.
Along with being incredibly inexpensive, this recipe doesn’t contain any of the harmful chemicals or phosphates found in commercial fabric softeners. It’s great for sensitive skin, eco-friendly and it works!
- 4 cups warm water
- 2 cups baking soda
- 2 cups white, distilled vinegar
- Essential oil (optional)
Add four cups of warm water to a large container. Mix in two cups of baking soda. Slowly add the two cups of vinegar (the mixture will fiz).
When fizzing subsides, you can add 10-20 drops of essential oil to the fabric softener if desired.
*Instead of adding the essential oil to the mixture, I decided to just add a few drops directly to the fabric softener dispenser with each load. I’ve been alternating between lemon and lavandar essential oil.
Cap the container and shake before each use.
Use 1/4 – 1/3 cup of fabric softener with each load.
That’s it! This recipe is so quick and easy to make. I hope you have the same wonderful results that I have!
UPDATE! Adrienne from The Rich Life has posted her experience with this recipe on her blog. She has lots of wonderful photos that I think you’d enjoy!
Put a Cork in It
While we’re talking about eco-friendly options, I’d like to share with you a great wine cork recycling drive I just discovered.
The California Wine Company (CWC) is holding a nationwide collection drive for wine corks called “Put a Cork in It.” The CWC, in partnership with ReCork.org, is hoping to collect 20 million natural wine corks by Sept. 30th. If their goal is reached, ReCORK will celebrate the accomplishment by planting 1,000 cork oak trees in the Mediterranean forests!
If you’re interested in participating, the CWC will send you a free postage paid envelope, which you can use to mail them your wine corks. Just call them at 1-800-777-4443, or email them at email@example.com to request a postage paid envelope. I requested mine this past weekend!
For more information about this fantastic collection drive, you can view the CWC’s official press release.
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