I’ve been wanting to try homemade fabric softener for a while now–and finally the time has come!
I did a search over at one of my favorite places, Pinterest, and found Soft as Rain Fabric Softener from Just a Pinch Recipes. Although Peggi Anne Tebben is the poster of the recipe, I’m not sure who originally created it since the article indicates it has been shared from person to person.
The recipe calls for:
1 c. white vinegar
2 c. hair conditioner (whatever scent you like)
6 c. water
Before: Vinegar and conditioner (I don’t recommend taking a sniff at this stage!)
After: Vinegar, conditioner, and water
I whisked the vinegar and conditioner together in a large kettle (for lack of another container), then added the water and whisked again, making sure to mix well. (At first I found conditioner sticking to the bottom of the pan–so I whisked even more.) Then I poured the mixture from the kettle into a large measuring cup with a pouring spout (you can use a funnel too) and filled this clean milk jug almost half way.
Finally I added some to this dish along with my sponge (cut in half)–and now I am anxiously awaiting my guinea pig load to finish so I can try it out!
You know, I really should read the recipes I use–all the way through–before making them, but I was so anxious to try this–I didn’t! I realized (after the fact) you can use it as a liquid softener for your rinse cycle as is (using a comparable amount you would normally use of the regular store bought stuff), OR mix 1 part softener to 3 parts water–THEN soak your sponge, squeeze it out some, and throw it in the dryer like a softener sheet.
Since I originally thought this was a dryer sheet mixture to use with a sponge, I did not water it down (3 to 1) as suggested. I just soaked my sponge, squeezed it out some, and threw it in the dryer with my clothes. It seems to have worked fine. NO static, no residue, and my clothes smell very nice! I think I will experiment to see which way I like it best, but I really wasn’t disappointed with how it turned out–even after making the mistake.
What do you think? Have you tried anything like this before? If so, tell us about your experience in the comment section below.