I need to know about substitutes for fabric softener. I've heard that vinegar may be used, but what about ammonia? I also need information on the amounts.
you use about 1/4 cup per washload. if you have really hard water you might use 1/2 cup.
if i was going to use anything else it would probably be baking soda. about 1/4 cup per load.
i know ammonia helps to cut grease in the wash but i've never heard of it as a softener.
the more soap and residue you can get out of the clothes the softer they'll be.
buy 1 large carton fabric softener-1pastic container sprayer. fill sprayer with about 1/4 of softener plus the rest water. shake well. when drying load place a thin rag i n dryer spray rag with about 8-10 times the softener mixture & START DRYER. The clothes come out soft. This concotion lasts until the fabric softener is gone.
One way to save with fabric softeners is using the softener sheets. One sheet can be used up to four times. When you have used it once, snip off a corner. second time, snip a second corner. Once all four corners are snipped, it's time to get rid of it. I buy generic, that helps too. I only have one or two loads of laundry a week, because I live alone. This tip would help a lot if you do lots of laundry.
Ammonia is rather dangerous. Even though it's a common houselhold item. Or used to be. I would avoid it if possible. I never keep it in my house any more.
Can't really attest to any of these but here goes ...
If you've run out of liquid fabric softener, what can
you use instead to get you through the rest of the
wash day? Here's a quick alternative: Go to your bathroom and get your hair conditioner
(creme rinse) and add 2 capfuls of it to the rinse
cycle. This will do the trick until you can get to
the store for a new supply of softener.
Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe
1 cup glycerin
1 gallon water
essential oil for fragrance, optional
2 Cups White Vinegar
2 Cups Baking Soda
4 Cups Water
Combine slowly and carefully over sink. The baking soda and vinegar will fizz.
Pour into plastic bottle, cover, and shake.
*Hint - Reuse your "Downy" bottle.
Use 1/4 cup in the final rinse or in a "Downy Ball".
2-3 Cups Water
1 Cup Liquid Fabric Softener
Combine water and liquid softener. Cut sponge in 1/2 and keep in liquid. When drying clothes, remove sponge, squeeze out excess liquid and place in dryer with clothes. When dry, just place sponge back in liquid to be used for next load.
Homemade fabric softener
You can also use these products alone to soften:
Plain White Vinegar - Add 1/2 cup to final rinse.
Baking Soda - Add 1/4 cup to final rinse.
Regular Fabric Softener - Dilute and use normally.
Hair Conditioner or Cream Rinse - Pour 1 tablespoon into damp washcloth and toss in with clothes.
Also some here:
Ammonia is toxic! And if you have bleach in the water (or in most common detergents...) watch out! Better to go with vinegar and/or baking soda. But it will not help with the static electricity...I am still trying to find that help, with out the toxins!
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