Fabric softeners are conditioners that make fabrics softer and prevent static cling. These products are sold in the form of crystals, liquid and dryer sheets. When added to the washing machines, for example, these softeners can make your clothes soft without the use of fabric softener. This saves money and time. Usually conditioners of this type are designed to be used with water – two parts of water and one part of softener. This is necessary as the use of softeners in concentrated form will cause spotting on the fabrics. Here you will learn about DIY Fabric Softeners and Dryer Sheets that you can make at home that will save you both time and money.
As far as dry softeners are concerned, they are available in the form of dryer sheets. They are added to soften the fabric. They also help prevent static electricity.
In this article we are going to show you how you can make your own natural fabric softener. If you are asking why you need that, take a look at the following reasons:
#1 According to a recent study, quite a number of the commercial cleaning products emit 100 and more VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs are known to be extremely risky, some of them are even defined as toxic. Among the products there are disinfectants, laundry detergents, hand sanitizers, all-purpose cleaners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners, air-fresheners, soaps, deodorants and many other!
#2 What’s even more surprising is that even products that are defined as “natural” and “green” contain the same amount of chemicals.
So now that you are familiar with these facts, we believe you are more inclined to make a DIY fabric softener. Let’s get started!
Vinegar is versatile. It works in almost every situation in the household. It can be used to clean stains and dirt, remove soap scum and limestone, as well as in cooking. Apart from this, it is also a natural softener. When added to the fabric softener dispenser in the washing machine, it can work just as fine as commercial softeners, only it is non-harmful and inexpensive. A good idea is to add a few drops of essential oil to the vinegar. There is a variety of oils in stores. Some can remove stains from clothing, others – bad odors. What’s more, some essential oils such as lavender have a calming effect. Peppermint can deal with bad odors.
Homemade Fabric Softener with Vinegar
When you mix these two ingredients, make sure you shake them and you can use the solution. For full loads, add ¼ cup of the solution. Otherwise, use ½ cup.
Another reason why you should use natural fabric softeners is that they have antibacterial properties. They will not only soften your clothes, they will also disinfect them.
How to make Homemade Dryer Sheets
As it turns out, commercial dryer sheets contain chemicals too. So how to prepare your own natural dryer sheets?
- Cut a cotton cloth into small squares.
- Add 3 to 5 drops of oil onto the cloth.
- The next time you load the washing machine, throw the cotton cloth in the dryer.You can experiment with various essential oils. Just pick up the one that you like the most. After a few uses, it is probably a good idea to wash the cloth and add some more drops of oil onto the cloth.
Using natural cleansers and softeners instead of commercial products is always wiser. We recommend that you do the same if you still haven’t gone green. This way you will enjoy a cleaner and healthier home.
If you don’t want to use do Terra Essential Oils to make your own DIY Fabric Softener & Dryer Sheets I found a few other essential oils that will work just the same.
- Aromatherapy 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Basic Sampler Set – #1 Best Seller
- Essential Oil Variety Set- 14 Pack
- Fabulous Frannie Essential Oil Beginner Starter
- Calily Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Set
Author Bio: Jane Mires works as a manager of Top Domestic Cleaners and she loves to write for home improvement and cleaning.