Fabric Softener

You thought my homemade laundry soap was easy?  Check out my homemade fabric softener!

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First this is to know how much you want to work with first; I use a large container leftover from my days when I bought liquid laundry detergent.  I will give out two measurements for you to pick from and move forward from there.

What you need:

(1) Container

(2) Large measuring cup

(3) Funnel

(4) White Vinegar

(5) Warm tap water

(6) Hair conditioner

I use VO5 in the 12.5 oz bottles which can be bought from other stores like Wal-mart for under $1 for each bottle.  Choose whatever scent you wish!  I used raspberry for this batch but, I normally use either Kiwi or Herbal Escapes.  The Tea Blends are over $1 at the stores but, the basics do go for under.  Use ibotta and get roughly 25¢ back for purchasing two.

Recipe 1:

(1) One 12 1/2 oz bottle of hair conditioner (equates to 1 1/2 cups)

(2) 4 1/2 cups warm water

(3) 2 1/4 cups white vinegar

Recipe 2 ~ this is what I use for my big container:

(1) Two 12 1/2 oz bottles of hair conditioner

(2) 9 cups warm water

(3) 4 1/2 cups white vinegar

As for steps:  I just dump it all in the container; as you can see I angle the bottle of conditioner on one end and use the funnel on the other opening to pour in the liquids.  I do use a bit of hot water in the conditioner bottles to get the last bits out.

** Use 1/4 cup per laundry load **

Any questions or recommendations?  Please comment below!



    1. Divide by 1/2 from Recipe #1 if you want to do a small test batch 🙂 For cost ~ I get a gallon of vinegar for under $2 at Wal-Mart and Smart & Final 😀 Tell me how it turns out, would love to know!

    1. Try a small batch first to see if any one in your household has aversions to vinegar; some do! Hope it works out for you 😀

    1. Exactly! Can get a gallon of generic vinegar for around a dollar or two plus, the conditioner for under a dollar. I love it too 😀 Thank you!

  1. I have to say I’ve used hair conditioner for fabric softener in a pinch. I’m wondering what the vinegar does, I know it changes the ph. I’ve used vinegar mixed with water to stop bleach action when doing my hair, and it has an immediate effect. This would be fun to try, I love DIY.

    1. White distilled vinegar acts as a natural fabric softener and leaves no residue on laundry 🙂 Especially helps with “stinky” laundry or when towels start getting that funky scent to them. I think adding the conditioner further softens, plus gives it a great scent! I use V05 because I can get a bottle for around 75¢

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