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5 Ways to Make Homemade Laundry Softeners

 We all want to save as much as we can on current expenses, but this is sometimes hard to do when you need to purchase certain items at the supermarket every week. However, you can ease the expenses if you know how to make certain things at home, such as fabric softener. While this product may seem inexpensive, if you do a lot of laundry, you’re probably going through many bottles of it a year. In addition, not only will you cut your expenses, but you can also use ingredients that won’t be harsh on your skin or clothes, and you can also infuse them with the aromas you love by using different essential oils. At the end of the article, you will find some recommendations for essential oil combos.

 

1. Sea salt softener

For this softener, you’ll need only two ingredients you probably already own, and you can give it the scent you choose by adding your favorite essential oils.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups sea salt
  • 20 drops of essential oil of your choice

Preparation and use instructions:

1. Mix the ingredients together in a jar.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of salt to a small load of laundry or 4 tablespoons to a large load.

2. White vinegar softener

This liquid softener makes use of vinegar as its active ingredient, which helps soften the laundry. To add a pleasant smell, use the essential oil of your choice.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 cups hot water
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil
  • 3 cups white vinegar

Preparation and use instructions:

1. Mix the water and essential oil in a bowl until you get a uniform mixture.

2. Add the white vinegar, mix well and transfer to a jar.

3. Add a quarter cup of softener to your laundry.

3. Baking soda softener

Not only will you use essential oil to add a sweet smell to your softener, but you will also strengthen it with Epsom salt and baking soda, which help remove bad smells from clothing.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salt or plain salt
  • 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • ½ cup baking soda

Preparation and use instructions:

1. Mix the salt and essential oil together.

2. Add the baking soda.

3. Store the powder you created in a sealable jar.

4. Add 2-3 tablespoons of powder to a load.

4. Hair conditioner softener

For this softener, you’ll use a hair conditioner - which is twice as cheap than fabric softener. This is a solution that can help you especially if you find yourself out of softener, but you have a hair conditioner at home, or if you really like the smell of your conditioner and want to add it to your laundry.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 cups hot water
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups hair conditioner

Preparation and use instructions:

1. Mix the water, vinegar, and conditioner together in a large bowl, but do it slowly so as not to create bubbles.

2. Transfer the mixture to a jar.

3. Add 2 tablespoons of the softener to a small load of laundry, or a quarter cup to a large load.

5.  DIY Fabric softener sheets 

If you want to save on dryer sheets, you can make your own using old fabrics you no longer need.

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Ingredients:

  • Half a cup of vinegar
  • An old cotton cloth - a towel, bedding or shirt
  • 8-10 drops of essential oil of your choice

Preparation and use instructions:

1. Cut the fabric into 4 small squares.

2. Mix the vinegar and essential oil, and transfer the mixture to a jar.

3. Place the squares in the jar and let them absorb the solution. Turn the jar over every once in a while so that the cloth absorbs the liquid completely.

4. Hang the squares to dry, and when the time comes to dry your clothes, place one of them in the dryer with your laundry.

5. Each dryer sheet is good for 20 loads.

Recommended essential oil combinations

With the following combinations, you can make your own great smelling fabric softeners:

  • Bergamot oil, Patchouli, and Ylang-ylang in equal amounts.
  • Lavender, lime and mandarin oil in equal amounts.
  • Rosemary oil, mint and frankincense in equal amounts.
  • Rosemary oil, cloves, eucalyptus, cinnamon and wild orange in equal amounts.
  • Juniper oil, Roman chamomile, and lavender in equal amounts
  • Calendula, thyme, eucalyptus, and basil in equal amounts
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