Make Your Own Liquid Fabric Softener

Does anyone have an idea on a homemade fabric softener to use in the wash? I like to hang my clothes up outside, and usually they turn out stiff.

By craftyladyc

October 5, 20100 found this helpful

To avoid stiffness in line dried clothing, simply put them into the dryer for 7 to 10 minutes; then hang on the line!

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October 6, 20100 found this helpful

I too line dry (weather permitting, I live in UK) and I find that approximately 1/2/ (half) a cup of white vinegar seems to cut out the "cardboard".

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October 6, 20100 found this helpful

Sorry, I forgot to say that it should be added to the rinse.

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July 2, 20110 found this helpful

I always do the opposite. Hang clothes on the line till dry, then fluff in the dryer before you fold and put away.

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April 7, 20130 found this helpful

6 cups HOT water

3 cups white vinegar

2 cups Suave Refreshing Waterfall Conditioner {or other favorite scent}

What Youll Do:

Mix conditioner & hot water well, until conditioner is dissolved completely.

Add the vinegar, and mix well.

Store in a large container {empty fabric softener container, empty large vinegar bottle, etc}

Pour into a downy ball or use approx. 2 tbsp. in the fabric softener spot in your laundry machine then wash!

This is the recipe that I use for my softner, but I use the cheap VO5 conditioner and I have one clean liquid laundry soap jug full and a one gallon jug full of softener. Plus I make my own laundry detergent.

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Instead of using toxic fabric softener and dryer sheets, mix 1 gallon of white vinegar with a $.99 container of hair conditioner. It is very inexpensive and works great whether you pour directly into washer in final rise cycle or use on a terry cloth for the dryer. Please recycle!


By SAS from Unionville, CT


Make Your Own Liquid Fabric Softener

Be sure that you do not use this in a load that has been bleached, chlorine bleach mixed with vinegar will emit toxic fumes. (02/15/2008)

By luvmygingerkids

Make Your Own Liquid Fabric Softener

Using the natural softener will not cause any caustic effect if you have used bleach in the load. It isn't ammonia. I have been doing this for a while and it is much safer than what is on the market shelves. (02/15/2008)


Make Your Own Liquid Fabric Softener

Why would you mix conditioner with vinegar? Vinegar itself is a softener as well as eliminating static electricity. (02/15/2008)

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