Quickie Natural Fabric Softener

There’s been chatter about the health hazards of fabric softeners and fabric sheets. People with delicate skin or allergies are often impacted by these products being used by people around them. Also, they cost a silly amount of money for some petroleum byproducts and perfume in a big ol plastic jug.

Especially since you can make your own for pennies.

Phase One:
1 part Baking Soda
2 parts Hot Water

Phase Two:

1 part Vinegar
Essential oils to scent preference. I recommend 1/2 tsp per gallon or less. Lavender is great, grapefruit, lime, lemon, and lemongrass are my faves currently.


Use a container that is double the size of the ingredients. Put it in the sink or tub in case of spillover.
Mix the baking soda and water, stir till the powder is dissolved (mostly dissolved, you’ll likely have some grains left).

Add the vinegar. Remember that baking soda and vinegar react by fizzing, (remember all those volcanoes in elementary school?), hence the recommendation of a large container.

Once it’s stopped fizzing, pour into clean jars and close. Shake jar before use. Use by adding 1/4 – 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle.

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