It is my ultimate goal to make, from scratch, any and every cleaning product that I use. And so far, I’m almost there! I make all my kitchen and bathroom cleansers from various combinations of baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, borax, washing soda, and castile soap.
I already make my own laundry soap, but one thing I hadn’t yet found a recipe for was fabric softener. And although I don’t use a ton of the stuff, it sure is nice to have around for bath towels and baby blankies and such. Plus, for those folks who live in areas with hard water, fabric softener is a must at all times.
I recently set about researching homemade alternatives to store-bought softeners, and what I discovered is that there are 3 main options. I’ve outlined each one below, with its pros and cons. Remember that you can add essential oils to any of these recipes. And finally, don’t forget the old tennis ball (or 3) trick! Just throw them in the dryer with your laundry for a good old-fashioned softening solution.
Now, before you get all Chem 101 on me, yes, I know – this is an acid-base reaction that results in the formation of CO2 and H2O (carbon dioxide and water). Many people seem to think that, therefore, baking soda and vinegar will “neutralize” each other. But that’s not my understanding. Any acid-base reaction will form a water plus a salt, and in this case, the salt is sodium acetate (with CO2 as a byproduct). Sodium acetate is, among other things, an excellent buffer.
This concoction seems to garner rave reviews, and if you use a super cheap conditioner, it’s very cost effective. However, there’s nothing natural about store-bought conditioner, so this recipe is not for me. However, if you’re after “economy” and not “ecology,” this may be just your ticket.
So there you have it, the top 3 homemade fabric softening solutions. And now I’ll leave you with one final tip – if your clothes are still too static-y as you’re leaving the house, you can always run the long side of a wire hanger over the problem clingy area. This is a classic trick that really works. You’re welcome!
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By Sayward Rebhal, Networx
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