by Charlotte Wood
(last updated February 21, 2009)
Fabric softener is great, don't you think? I really do think that fabric softener is one of the greatest things about laundry and can definitely make the difference for your laundry. When you go to the store and purchase your various laundry supplies your selections are virtually limitless—that's why you need to choose the best products possible. When it comes to fabric softener, whether you are an environmentalist or just a frugal shopper, you may not want to spend the money. One of the options you have is to make your own.
The key ingredients in homemade fabric softener are simple household objects: baking soda, water, and (you guessed it) vinegar. All you have to do is take is two cups of white vinegar and two cups of baking soda. Slowly stir these into four cups of water.
(Remember when you made those "volcanoes" in first grade and the volcano "erupted" when you poured vinegar into the top? That's what happens when you mix your own fabric softener so make sure you mix it in the sink in case it overflows.)
When you're finished making the softener, store it in a plastic bottle. When you need it for doing your laundry, just shake up the solution a bit and add to the laundry load and continue as usual. You can also try adding half a cup of white vinegar or one-quarter cup of baking soda to the last rinse to increase the fabric softener effect.
It is completely possible for you to be environmental and frugal and still have soft clothes. With just simple ingredients from your kitchen pantry you can have soft clothes and save your money.
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