Homemade Fabric Softener

Making Your Own

By: - Home & Family - September 13, 2011
homemade fabric softener making your own

There are a lot of people who use fabric softener, but unfortunately, fabric softeners that you buy off the shelves have been held responsible for the cause of yeast and other irritating infections in women because the ingredients tend to set up an imbalance in the bacteria that lives in their genitalia and inside them.  Thus, many women have been avoiding fabric softeners, opting for options that include a homemade fabric softener, but finding a good fabric softener recipe has been less than easy.  So, here is a suggestion for such a recipe that does work and is affordable.

A homemade fabric softener can be made simply by one of two ways, either softening your water or using this proven to work fabric softener recipe.  First you need the ingredients – cider vinegar, hot water and baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda and hot water.  If you want to add a scent, grab some very fragrant roses from your garden and crush them in a blender, straining them to let the oil drain off, and then mix this with your mixture.  However, be careful to choose a rose that has no colour as some dyes from roses can stain clothes.  Alternatively, do the same with any other type of flower to get the desired effect.  Once you have gathered the ingredients, blend them together in the hot water and let them sit for half an hour to mix thoroughly.  Use a capful in with your laundry, either by soaking them first or simply by adding it into your washing machine.  Remember though that cider vinegar has a very pungent smell, so you might want to soak first and wash after or your home may have a strong vinegar odour about it.

Now that you have the ideas for a homemade fabric softener, the only issue you need to address is whether or not the ingredients still can cause a reaction.  There are some women that are very sensitive and so they may find even this recipe hard to tolerate.  Otherwise, the recipe really works and can save you a lot of money and make your fabrics softer without the chemicals found in factory made fabric softeners, something that make the fabric softener recipe ideal.

Photo: fabrics – copyright 2008, Gryshchuk Yuriy – reproduced under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.o Unported, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:P1080828.JPG

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