Homemade Laundry Softener


With everything becoming more expensive, people doing their laundry are looking for inexpensive ways to get the job done. One of those ways is to make your own laundry softener. Making your own laundry softener is not complicated and it works.

For the Washington Machine

  • In a large plastic bottle, perhaps one once held commercial softener, add 2 cups of white vinegar, 2 cups of baking soda, and 4 cups of water. The ingredients fizz when you do this, so it's best to do it over a sink. Cover the bottle and shake well.

    Add about 1/4 of a cup of this mixture to the final rinse cycle of each large load of clothes.

    The ratio of these ingredients is one part vinegar and one part baking soda to two parts of water. To make smaller or larger batches just stick to that basic ratio.

For the Dryer

  • Mix 2 cups of hair conditioner and 3 three cups of white vinegar in a plastic bottle or a spray bottle.

    Soak or spray squares of flannel or clean rags in this mixture. This makes homemade dryer sheets that you can toss in with your clothes.

Other Softeners

  • ∙Add 1/4 cup of baking soda to the final rinse of your washing cycle.

    ∙Add 1/2 cup of plain white vinegar to your final rinse.

    ∙Pour 1 tablespoon of cream rinse or hair conditioner into a damp washcloth. Toss it in into the clothes dryer.

Stretching a Commercial Softener

  • To save money by making a commercial softener go much further, add 2 to 3 cups of water to 1 cup of liquid fabric softener. Then cut a large sponge in half. Store half of the sponge in this mixture.

    When you're getting ready to tumble dry your clothes, squeeze excess moisture from the sponge and toss it into the dryer with your clothes.

    When your clothes are dry, put the sponge back into the softener mixture.


  • To give your clothes a pleasant smell, add about a half-inch of the commercial softener to your homemade mix.

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