Homemade Fabric Softener

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Homemade Fabric Softener

If you've run out of fabric softener and want to make up a batch on the fly, or you are looking to replace store bought completely, this recipe is a great replacement. Conditioner and vinegar are something we probably all have in our homes at all times so you will almost always have all ingredients on hand. I pulled a bottle of conditioner from my stockpile and didn't even miss it. Choose any scent of conditioner you love, for me its lavender.

Homemade Fabric Softener Ingredients

  • 2 cups (15 oz), Hair Conditioner
  • 3 cups, Distilled White Vinegar
  • 6 cups, Hot Water
    It does not need to be boiling, but hotter than tap water. I heat mine in microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Homemade Fabric Softener Directions

  1. Pour hot water into your container, add your conditioner and stir, stir, stir.
  2. Add in vinegar and give it a few more turns with the spoon.
  3. Store in a lidded container with a measuring cup in your laundry area so its ready to go.

Cost Comparison

If you purchase a bottle of conditioner and vinegar, your still under $3 with lots of vinegar left over for your next several batches. You can use that vinegar in other things too. Not only does it work well as a fabric softener, here are some other benefits:

  • Lint repellant.
  • Dissolves alkalines.
  • Loosens some stains.
  • Brightens colors.
  • Helps remove buildup.
  • Reduces static cling.
  • Removes musky smells.

Quick, easy and inexpensive 3-Ingredient Fabric Softener recipe!

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by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on May 15, 2014


  • Libby - May 22, 2014 @ 12:05 am

    Currently I’m using fabric softener mixed with water – soaking sponge pieces in it – and putting in dryer with clothes (homemade dryer sheets).

    Will this work to do the same thing?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea - May 22, 2014 @ 9:51 am

      Libby, that works too!

    • Stella - January 30, 2017 @ 12:23 pm

      If you are wanting a fabric softener with No chemicals, then diluting it with water does not get rid of the chemicals.
      You could mix Epsom salt with EO’S and put from 1/2 to 1 cup of it in your wash.
      Also a cup of White Vingar works very well and makes your towels fluffy.
      They is No smell.
      I also use 3 wool balls in my dryer keeps clothes don’t also.

      Chemicals don’t go away by diluting them, you need to take them out of use.

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