Homemade Fabric Softener with Conditioner

Posted: 04/23/13 5:00 AM (Modified: 04/23/13 10:55 AM)

I'm a HUGE fan of making my own laundry detergent and fabric softener. I've been making my own fabric softener for awhile using this recipe. I've been adding more essential oils to the recipe in order to give it a stronger smell, this is especially true when I'm giving it away as a gift (with the recipe card attached).

Recently however, I found a new recipe for fabric softener on One Good Thing by Jillee. I thought I would give it a try and see if I noticed a difference.  The biggest difference to me was the scent, check it out below:

{Homemade Fabric Softener}

6 Cups Water

2 Cups Hair Conditioner (You can use any kind, I did have the Suave Rosemary Mint on hand so I used that.)

3 Cups White Vinegar

Essential Oils (optional)


When you buy the conditioner at the store, keep in mind you'll be needing 16oz. I noticed my Suave bottle was only 12oz so I had to shorten some of the other ingredients just a bit. Simply stir the ingredients together then pour them in jars or another storage container. I added Lavender essential oil (about 20 drops) to the fabric softener which gives it a much stronger scent especially since you're likely using a scented hair conditioner too.

You can use this in your fabric softener dispenser or soak a washcloth (and then wring it out well) in it and throw the washcloth in your dryer with your other clothing.

Overall, I really liked this one because I really wanted my clothing to come out with a fresh smell and I seemed to have achieved that with this homemade fabric softener.

Keep in mind, I use it with homemade laundry detergent which I also add essential oils too. Yep, we're smelling good around here!

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Apr 23, 2013 10:47 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Your link to One Good Thing by Jillee does NOT link to her site!

Apr 23, 2013 10:56 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

We have fixed it. Thank you! -Jessica

Apr 23, 2013 04:18 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How much do you put in each load?

Apr 24, 2013 01:49 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I've used cheap white vinegar for years. 1 cup for a full load, 1/2 cup for med load. I does not prevent static in winter however. AND, our clothes don't smell like pickles.

Apr 26, 2013 08:53 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

1/2 cup in each load -Jessica

May 27, 2013 10:39 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

where do you get the essential oils?

May 28, 2013 03:29 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You can find them online or in a health food store. -Jessica

Jun 2, 2013 05:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How much oil

Jun 3, 2013 10:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

About 20 drops of essential oil. -Jessica

Jun 8, 2013 02:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Can you use it in "he" washers

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