You want all natural, homemade fabric softener. You want the luxury of soft and fresh laundry without all the complicated recipes.
Fabric softener has all sorts of toxic ingredients. It’s a smart move for your families health to switch to an all natural, homemade fabric softener. Especially if anyone in your family has allergies or asthma – you need to eliminate the fragrances and your fabric softener.
You have great intentions. The switch to natural, homemade fabric softener just hasn’t happened yet.
Maybe you want to make DIY fabric softener. It’s been on your to-do list for months. Yet you never quite get around to it.
Stop blaming yourself! You’re a busy woman!
It’s got to be a quick and easy win! You are already short on time – adding a DIY to your list would be a colossal mistake. It would crush you to add just one more thing.
Every time you do yet another load of laundry, you’re reminded. Reminded you haven’t switched to an all natural, homemade fabric softener. It hangs over your head like your kid asking you for the 12th time “what’s for dinner?” when you haven’t a clue… and it’s 5pm.
Maybe you’re not interested in DIY at all. You just want to banish all those toxic chemicals from your laundry room and your kid’s skin.
There is a simpler way! I’m going to share my super simple laundry routine to get soft laundry. A few easy ingredients on your next trip to the grocery store and you’re in business! I’m even giving you a laundry list and where you can find them in your grocery store.
So easy! Keep reading, you’ll learn exactly what to do!
If you’re interested in completely overhauling your laundry room. Here’s the post for you! 3 simple swaps for a natural laundry room is the easiest way to get it done in no time flat.
If you’re looking for a more in-depth view of natural fabric softener – check out my ultimate guide to natural fabric softener here.
Natural, Homemade Fabric Softener The Easy Way
I’ve tried a lot of different fabric softener alternatives. Natural, Homemade Fabric softener can be hit and miss.
Some ideas work, some ideas don’t. Some ideas kind of work.
If you have soft water, you’ll have a much easier time of softening your laundry. If you have hard water, I’ll give you the key to getting soft laundry too.
So here’s the scoop on my laundry routine. Get soft and fresh laundry naturally without any yucky chemicals or heavy perfumes.
Vinegar in Your Rinse Cycle
Vinegar naturally softens your clothes and towels. It’s super simple. You add 1/2 cup of vinegar in your fabric softener compartment on the washing machine.
Add 1/2 cup of vinegar in your fabric softener compartment on the washing machine. That’s it.
Don’t have a fabric softener compartment? Grab a downy ball and add the vinegar to that.
Just wash your clothes as normal.
It doesn’t make your clothes smell like vinegar at all. Seriously!!! I was hesitant about that one too.
Not a hint of vinegar. Not even when you put your wet clothes in the dryer.
Some people add essential oils to the vinegar. I don’t bother – the scent never makes it past the wash cycle. Aka I don’t smell the essential oils on my clothes when I transfer them from the washer to the dryer.
The only benefit I see to the essential oils in the wash is the cleaning effects they provide.
Bottom Line: Add vinegar in place of fabric softener.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. How does a dumb ball in my dryer make my clothes soft?
The vinegar does most of the softening, but dryer balls fluff and do some softening too.
The magic is how dyer balls eliminate your static cling. Big time! I notice my static cling comes back when I forget to throw them in the dryer. A huge difference!
You’ll save money on your electric bill when you use dryer balls too. They cut down on your drying time, drying things faster and more evenly.
Your dryer sucks a huge amount of energy – adding up to big bucks on your electric bill. Save yourself some money on your electric bill to spend on more important things!
There are tons of tutorials on how to make them yourself. I did when I first started. 2nd time around, I bought my dryer balls. It wasn’t a DIY that was worthwhile to me. I was bored out of my mind winding yarn over itself into a ball! And I’m a DIY girl…. just saying.
Here’s a tutorial from Crunchy Betty for DIY dryer balls without using yarn. She even explains how wool dryer balls magically eliminate static cling.
If you prefer to buy them – here’s the dryer balls I recommend. You should also check out all these cute dryer balls to show your style!
Bottom Line: Add dryer balls with your wet clothes to your dryer
Hard Water Solution with Baking Soda
If you have hard water, getting soft laundry will be a little more challenging. In this case, just add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the washing machine.
Just as with the washing soda, add it to dry clothes in the washing machine.
Baking soda naturally softens the water you’re washing your clothes in. Plus baking soda is great at deodorizing!!
Baking soda can be used if you have hard or soft water.
If you find you need more softening power, add a little more baking soda per load.
Bottom Line: Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to washing machine if you have hard water
Adding Scent to Your Laundry
Natural fabric softener will have a mild scent. Really clean laundry should smell like nothing. That’s what clean smells like after all. Nothing.
Going from a heavenly scent to nothing is a drastic change.
If you prefer a scent. Add 20 drops of essential oils to your dryer balls. I use Edens Garden Purify blend. I use it more than any oil around my house. It gives you that clean scent you want.
You can use any essential oils you like, no need to buy any special ones. Just don’t use your super expensive oils for the dryer.
Essential oils on your dryer balls won’t stain or transfer to your clothes. But it does stain your dryer balls.
So just use on a few of them if it bothers you. I wish someone had told me this before I stained all my pretty dryer balls. I would have just stained my ugly DIY dryer balls and not all of them.
You can also add small scrap pieces of fabric with essential oils on it to your drawers for a longer lasting scent. Just cut up one of your old t-shirts that should have seen the trash – oh last year. You know you have one lying around!
The Bottom Line: Add 20 Drops of Essential OIls directly to your dryer balls for scent.
Here’s Your Shopping List
Now that you know the down low on how I soften my laundry. You can get started too!
Put these few items on your grocery list and you’ll be in business in no time!
Grocery List for Natural Fabric Softener
Go put these items on your grocery list rightnow!!
I’ll wait…. Really I can wait a minute….
Great! Glad that’s done!
Now you’ll be sure to remember exactly what you needed.
I have seen dryer balls in some stores. I can’t guarantee they will be in your store. I would be like a treasure hunt, you never know what you’re going to get. I recommend saving your precious time and energy and buying them on Amazon.
If you have time for a hunt, I bet you might be able to find them at Walmart or Target.
Bottom Line: Buy your dryer balls online, you can get everything else in the grocery store.
Help Your Friends
Pin this post with your friends so they can ditch their fabric softener too. Everyone deserves to learn how to make all natural, homemade fabric softener the easy way!!
Their families health depends on it!
Remember to check out 3 simple swaps for a natural laundry room to completely overhaul your laundry room.