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.

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2 Comments

  • Mandi - May 20, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

    This is great to know! How much do you put in?

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  • Libby - May 22, 2014 @ 12:05 am
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    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.

  • Erin - May 22, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

    Hi. Thanks for the recipe! Can’t wait to try it.Was wondering how much you would add to a regular load of laundry? Thank you!

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  • Julie - August 11, 2014 @ 9:16 am

    How Much Do You Use?

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  • samantha - August 31, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    How much do you use per load?

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  • Stephanie - January 12, 2015 @ 1:35 pm

    How much do you use per load?

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  • Heather - January 24, 2015 @ 3:12 pm

    Hi! how much do you suggest I put in per load?

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  • Heather - February 04, 2015 @ 9:05 am

    How much do you recommend using per load of laundry

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  • Nellie - March 10, 2015 @ 11:37 am

    I just made this and am wondering how much to use per load. Would it be the same amount as other fabric softer? Can’t wait to try this!

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  • Heather - June 28, 2015 @ 4:49 pm

    Hi, How much do you use per large load?

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  • Laurissa - July 18, 2015 @ 6:04 pm

    How much do I use? I have an HE washer will it still work?

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  • Judy - July 25, 2015 @ 7:59 pm

    How much of this homemade fabric softener do you use per load of clothes?

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  • Peggy Williams - September 05, 2015 @ 5:26 pm

    I’d love to make this.How much do you use for each load?

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  • Amanda - September 27, 2015 @ 1:29 pm

    Thanks for this recipe. I just made some scented ocean spring. Did I miss where it tells how much liquid fabric softener to put in the washer?

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  • Samantha - October 07, 2015 @ 2:01 pm

    Would this be a 1:1 with detergent?

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  • Susan - October 15, 2015 @ 9:14 am

    How much of this fabric softener do you use per load?

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  • Vikki - November 06, 2015 @ 9:46 pm

    How much do you use in each load?

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  • Joyce - November 24, 2015 @ 5:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing….this works better than Downy!

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  • Mike - December 25, 2015 @ 9:19 am

    how well does this work in HE washing machines?

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  • Candace - January 09, 2016 @ 10:56 pm

    How do you get the fabric softener to turn purple? Does this have a scent?

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  • Lauren - January 30, 2016 @ 12:34 pm

    Any conditioner? Or is there any you recommend?

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  • Deb - February 11, 2016 @ 8:38 pm

    How much do you use in each load or how big of a measuring spoon? Thank you, Debra

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  • Linda - February 14, 2016 @ 8:11 am

    How much do you use per load?

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  • Vicki - March 24, 2016 @ 11:19 pm

    Love your tips and I’m looking forward to reading more.
    Thanks

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  • Selene - March 28, 2016 @ 4:31 am

    How much fabric softner to you use in a front load machine? Thank you

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  • Lori - May 25, 2016 @ 7:47 pm

    How much do you use per load?

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  • Rachel - June 22, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

    How much fabric softener do I use per load? I usually do large loads.

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