Make Your Own Fabric Softener with Conditioner

Posted: 05/14/12 10:00 AM (Modified: 09/20/12 10:26 AM)

This past Mother's Day, I decided to give a basket full of homemade goodies to both my mom and my mother in law. 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.

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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May 14, 2012 12:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What a thoughtful and useful Mother's Day gift! I am sure they will enjoy using those goodies!

Anna Marie

May 30, 2012 12:39 pm
 Posted by  DONNAB

That is so funny that you used hair conditioner. I have been using diluted fabric softener in a spray bottle for years as a hair detangler and a wrinkle releaser!

May 30, 2012 04:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How much of this do you use per load in your washing machine?

May 30, 2012 09:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Use 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle of your washer or wet a washcloth and throw it in the dryer with your clothes.


Jun 2, 2012 02:29 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Is it safe for washing machines? I have heard some sales assistants say that fabric softener can 'clog' the washing machine & lave a gooey residue.

Jun 5, 2012 09:40 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This is meant for washing machines.

Jun 18, 2012 08:40 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Can you tell me how you add essential oil to your dry laundry detergent? I was doing homemade liquid and then saw that dry is so much faster to make with the amount of laundry I do each week. The problem is, all my oil is oil (lol) and I don't have a clue of how to get it through my entire mixture of dry laundry soap.


Jun 26, 2012 01:50 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You can add the mixture to a large container, add the oil drops and mix. The scent will penetrate the soap. Jessica

Jun 29, 2012 07:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How much does you recipe yield?

Jun 29, 2012 07:43 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Looks like this makes about 5/8 of a gallon, is this correct?

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