Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe

Making homemade fabric softener is easy and will save you money on laundry supplies. It is also environmentally friendly, and non-allergenic.




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I have noticed that a lot of people I know are sensitive to commercial fabric softeners, so I decided to find a recipe to make my own fabric softener so that I could still have soft, fresh-smelling laundry without the expense and chemical scent that goes along with using the commercial products. I found this one - it uses readily available, inexpensive ingredients; is easy to make; and leaves the laundry soft and fresh-smelling.

An added bonus of this fabric softener is that you can use it to soften and freshen your towels - if you try this with commercial fabric softeners, you will find that your towels are not as absorbent any more. This is because the commercial products contain silicone which coats the fabrics so that they feel softer without actually being softer.

Fabric Softener Recipe

Makes about a gallon of fabric softener


  • 1 cup baking soda

  • 6 cups distilled white vinegar

  • 8 cups water

  • 10-12 drops essential oil of your choice ( buy it online )

  • a plastic gallon jug with a lid (an empty vinegar jug works well)



  1. Mix the baking soda and water in a large, deep mxing bowl or pot

  2. Stir it until the baking soda is disolved

  3. Slowly add the vinegar, one cup at a time. The mixture will fizz up, so stir it carefully until all the bubbles are gone before adding the next cup of vinegar.

  4. Add the essential oil and stir.

  5. Wait a few minutes for it to go "flat" before pouring the mixture into the empty jug. If you put it into the jug and cover it while it is still fizzy, the mixture will expand and may blow the lid off!

  6. To use, shake the bottle and add 1 cup softener to the final rinse water 


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