Although there are some great deals that pop up for fabric softener, sometimes they can be few and far between. I do love to use fabric softener in our clothes, but for the most part, I either don’t bother or I throw in some vinegar and call it a day. I do love when a good alternative comes into my hands and I can use super cheap ingredients to make them. These are the 2 I have been using in the last 6 months:
3 cups vinegar
2 cups cheap hair conditioner
6 cups water
mix together in an old fabric softener jug and it’s ready-to-use.
You can turn this into dryer sheets by cutting up an old t-shirt, dropping a piece of it in the liquid and putting in the dryer with your wet clothes.
Don’t have any conditioner but can easily get a cheap jug of vinegar? Try my absolute favorite “fabric softener” recipe:
Peels of 3 citrus fruits (I like lemons but oranges are my second fave)
1 large jug of vinegar
Place the peels in the jug and shake.
Let the vinegar and peels settle together for at least 5 days.
After 5 days, use just like regular fabric softener, using about 1/4 to 1/2 cup per load.
I love to use the second “recipe” because I can peel 4 lemons, use the peels from 3 for the vinegar solution and the peel from one, along with the juice from 4, to make lemon merique pie, lemon curd or some other goody. Nothing goes to waste!