In 2015 I moved to the desert and traded the nice, soft water I had known all my life for some of the hardest water I had even experienced. It was a shock to say the least. I had no clue what I was getting into and just how much havoc hard water would reap.
My hair suffered horribly but with a lot of trial and error I got that under control. What I didn’t have under control was my laundry. My goodness. Who knew that hard water would be the death of my clothes and my towels. I needed a DIY fabric softener STAT!
I haven’t used fabric softener in a decade.
However, after researching hard water I learned that fabric softener could possibly be my saving grace. And so, I set out to make some.
I’m no stranger to making homemade cleaning products. My floor cleaner is the best in the world – seriously. My disinfecting wipes, furniture polish, and linen spray are staples in my house. Fabric softener was a little trickier than I had thought.
It took a lot of experimenting to come up with the ingredient ratios that would make this DIY fabric softener “just right.” But once I nailed the formula, my laundry experience did a complete 180. Not only did this take care of all the hard water issues but it also totally changed the way my clothes felt and looked!
Fast forward a year later and I sort of got lazy about making fabric softener. It wasn’t that I didn’t love my recipe but there were just too many ingredients. Ha! So I reformulated my homemade fabric softener recipe and came up with a 2 ingredient version. Score! I was back in the fabric softener making business.
Are you ready to change the way you do laundry?
Today I am sharing both of my fabric softener recipes. Try one or both! They both work great. Your clothes, towels, and linens will be soft and static free.
- 8 ounces of hair conditioner
- 1 1/2 cups hot water
- 1 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
- 15 drops of essential oils of your choice (I used lavender and lemongrass and it was lovely)
- Add all the ingredients into a jar bottle that can hold 4 cups of liquid. I used a repurposed glass juice bottle and it fit perfectly. You can also re-purpose a fabric softener bottle if you have one handy.
- Put the cap on and shake, shake, shake. (Optional – sing the 70’s disco hit “Shake Your Booty” while doing this).
- After about a minute of shaking, your solution should be ready.
- Shake before using.
- Add 1 tablespoon per load.
- Watch the fabric softening magic happen!
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 40 drops of essential oil or blend of your choice (see my notes below)
- Combine the Epson salt and essential oils in a mason jar or other glass container and shake vigorously to distribute the essential oils.
- Use one teaspoon per load of laundry along with your regular detergent. For large loads, use two teaspoons.