A homemade, DIY, cheap and natural fabric softener that will leave your clothes clean and fresh plus your washer will sparkle and you’ll have less dryer lint. Is this even possible? I see on Pinterest many fancy recipes to help save someone money with DIY fabric softener recipes but do they really cut down on the static? A recent Facebook discussion with local friends helped me realize the answer was no. They had great smelling clothing but the static cling still existed.
DIY and Cheap Fabric Softener
- ¼ cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle, fabric softener ball or fabric softener compartment of your washer.
That’s all you need and NO your clothing will NOT smell like vinegar but your washer will sparkle and you’ll have less lint.
Static cling is a by-product of detergent build up on our clothing and often times the rinse cycle won’t completely rinse the detergent from our clothing, especially if you pack the washer (come on admit you do it). The vinegar helps to break down the detergent and make rinsing the detergent from your clothing easier, which reduces the static you experience.
Hint: If you want your clothing to smell pretty like the commercials advertise save yourself money and exposure to unnecessary chemicals by adding a damp wash cloth that has 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil into your dryer with your clothing. I like to use lavender occasionally, especially for my towels and sheets.
It’s true; my great grandmother taught me this. She always used vinegar and bough it by the jug, in fact she used it in the winter to rinse our hair for extra shine and to remove the buildup of soap and conditioner. I only wish she used the essential oils!