Thursday, August 19, 2010
Frugal Recipes- Liquid Fabric Softener
I LOVE the smell of Downy liquid fabric softener, but the price is really out of my budget. After researching online I found two ideas I am going to try. The first idea is...
Stretching my store bought liquid fabric softener:
Instructions: Pour the liquid fabric softener in a medium sized bowl and soak an old washcloth in it and wring out all excess softener. After you do this hang the cloth up somewhere to dry. Pour the remaining fabric softener back in the bottle. After the rag is completely dry (about 24 hours) you can then use the rag as a reusable dryer sheet. This should last between 15-20 loads. Repeat when you notice the rag not working as well.
The last idea I got over at Hillbilly Housewife
How to make your very own fabric softener.
There is no need to spend a bunch of money at the store on regular fabric softener. All you need is a bit of baking soda and vinegar. In fact, vinegar is the perfect homemade fabric softener.
Use plain white vinegar and add 1/4 cup to the final rinse of your laundry. By the time your clothes are dry the vinegar smell will be gone.
To make everything even softer, add about 2 tbsp of baking soda to your laundry when you first put it in the washer, then use the vinegar in the rinse as mentioned above.
If you are a little worried about the smell, use this simple recipe instead:
Homemade Fabric Softener
•2 cups cheap hair conditioner
•3 cups white vinegar
•6 cups warm water
Pour everything into an old fabric softener bottle or other container and mix well. If you are using a bottle, just give it a few good shakes.
After all my store bought softener is gone I plan to make my own softener using the hair conditioner! I can't wait to try this and look forward to saving money off my grocery bill.
If any of you has tried making your own fabric softener how did it go? Was it a success?