Living overseas means I can’t always get the green and eco-friendly products I normally would. For instance there are NO eco-friendly dryer sheets or fabric softener options at either the PX or the Commissary. So it was the perfect time to try one of the fabric softener recipes I had saved on Pinterest. After searching, I found one that seemed like it would be a good one to try. I settled on a powder or crystals recipe. It was easy to make, the ingredients were easy to find, and it didn’t include any thing like conditioner.
Easy Homemade Fabric Softener
- 2 cups Epsom Salts
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- Essential Oil 20-30 drops (I chose lavender and used 30 drops)
Add all dry ingredients & mix. Add 20-30 drops of essential oil and mix. Store in an airtight container.
How to Use:
Add 2-3 tablespoons to your wash before the rinse cycle. (I used 3 table spoons)
Where my clothes soft?
Yes, even when I use my drying rack to hang dry clothes they were much softer than they would have been without any fabric softener.
Did they smell nice?
Yes, but not because they smelled of lavender. They smelled clean & fresh, like they’d been washed but not of lavender. I think I may be to blame in this, I made the recipe about a month before I needed it. That meant it sat around near my dryer out on the hot porch of our apartment. This caused two problems: 1 even though the mix was in a plastic zipper bag that was completely closed it started leaking all over the floor. It also acquired moisture somehow (Protip: Don’t store it in a plastic bag, use a re-purposed glass container). So my fabric softener was lumpy, slightly damp, and lost some of the smell over time. I’d recommend not making it head of time, and storing it in a better place than I did (ie: a cool dark place).
Were my clothes harmed in any way by it?
No, they were not. From camies to unmentionables to PT gear it all got washed in this and none was worse for wear.
Would I make it again?
Yes. I would. However, I will now only make it when I intend to use it, store it in a glass container, and in a cool dry place.
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This is a really easy and cheap little recipe. I will definitely be making it again! If you are the sensitive skin type you may want to leave the essential oils out, it will still make your clothes nice and soft. I actually may leave the EOs out in the future if I notice they aren’t contributing anything to the recipe. It smelled very nice when I first made it, and very strongly of lavender but it’s a shame I didn’t get any of that on the wash when it was dry.
Update 1/26/2016: I’ve been making this ever since I found this recipe! It’s great! You do definitely want to keep it in a cool dry place, if you do it will keep for a long time.