Homemade Fabric Softner

At our house, I make a lot of things. 
If I can’t make it, I coupon it, and if I can’t coupon it- um then we probably don’t have it. 
While there are a ton of things I make, there are also some things I haven’t tried yet either, and they are all on a list. 
The hubs added fabric softener- previously, I would get a bottle (on sale and with a coupon) and dilute it down and turn one bottle into at least 4 or 5.
If it was going to become air refresher, the one bottle of fabric softener could fill up my 6 bottles of spray refresher at least twice (yes, I am a freak when it comes to what my house smells like). 
But apparently that wasn’t cheap enough for my husband. 
So, one night he found a recipe- didn’t print it or email it to me, just told me and I missed the memo that said “make.this.right.now.” Because he would mention it each day for the week leading up to when I got around to doing it, then I asked “so what is the recipe?”… “um, I don’t remember”. 
Got it. 
So, I did some surfing and found a bunch of different ways to do it but I thought it would be fun to do a little science experiment and come up with my own recipe. All the recipes were either vinegar only (vinegar scares the crap out of me, it just does, I use it but I don’t like the smell), some vinegar and baking soda (I know, I saw the volcano in my head too but after that fizzes out it is fine) and some were vinegar and conditioner (this is the one hubbs couldn’t stop talking about) so I just combined everything I found.
Here is what I came up with (this will make two bottles):
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First I put 8 cups of hot tap water in a bowl. Then I added 1/2 cup baking soda and stirred until it was dissolved. 
Next, I added 2 cups of vinegar, I did this slowly so it didn’t over fill the bowl and let Avery check it out while it happened. Once the fizzing was done, stir with your whisk to hurry it along, I added 2 cups of hair conditioner and stired until it was incorporated. 
After that, I poured them equally in both bottles and then filled up the rest of the way with more warm tap water.
So far, so good. I am doing 1,234,240,285 loads of laundry as I type and I am happy with how my clothes are coming out. For the record, I do homemade laundry soap so I guess the hubbs is right and it only makes sense. 
But, here is the real fun part, how I made my bottle. 
Originally I cut out the vinyl and stuck it on, seems simple. But it wouldn’t stick. 
So, I walked away from it for a while and then thought about the scraps- hmmm, that would make a good stencil!
And that is what I did, just put the scraps on the bottle.
And colored it in with a permanent marker. 


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5 Responses to Homemade Fabric Softner

  1. Lindsay January 20, 2012 at 3:22 am #

    That is so cool! And your little bottles are adorable! Thanks for sharing the how-to!

  2. Kara @ Mine for the Making January 20, 2012 at 4:45 am #

    This is cool on so many levels. Thanks for the recipe and review of how it’s working on your millions of loads of laundry 😉 And i think it’s hilarious that wade was hounding you to make homemade fabric softener…he must know you pretty well 😉 I also love how clever you were to use your scraps as a stencil! And this totally qualifies as something to link up to DIY Diva Thursdays…just saying.

  3. kaciwagner24 January 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    I would love to try this, but what type of conditioner did you use?

  4. Moses December 28, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    looks like something I want to try but what is the conditioner that you use is it normal hair conditioner or something else

  5. Kim Jackson March 20, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    Do your clothes smell anything like the vinegar?