How to Make a Homemade Natural Fabric Softener

December 12, 2018
Did you know that commercial fabric softeners could actually be bad for your health? Find out more, and learn how to make a great natural homemade softener in 5 easy steps.

Fabric softeners have become one of the most commonly used products while washing clothes. They protect the fabric in your favorite clothes, neutralize bad odors and leave them feeling pleasant for the next time you wear them. Currently there are a lot of commercial products available that come in different sizes, fragrances and prices. However, there are homemade options, and this homemade natural fabric softener is not only eco-friendly, but also helps you get rid of excess lime in the washing machine.

Below we are going to share the benefits of using an organic product, how it can save you money, and the steps you should take to make your own homemade natural fabric softener.

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Why use homemade natural fabric softener on your clothes?

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Some people think there’s no reason to go to the trouble of making your own homemade natural fabric softener. After all, they’re so easy to buy ready to use in the supermarket. However, this one is very easy to make and has a number of extra benefits that you should consider.

What we want to share with you today is a great product for leaving your clothes soft, stain-free, and with their colors intact. It is recommended for darker toned clothing but it’s also great for getting rid of sweat stains, which generally affect white clothing.

Unlike other softeners, this organic product is great for the washing machine because it helps remove lime from water, along with soap residue and mold. Because it doesn’t contain any chemicals that are harsh on the environment or your skin, it’s a great alternative for people who suffer from allergies or sensitivities.

And if that weren’t enough, it’s a great option for softening baby clothes, leaving them in perfect condition.

Read more: 5 Home Remedies to Unshrink Clothes

It doesn’t contain fragrances or harmful substances

Although we may not be aware of it, a lot of fragrances and chemicals that are found in chemical softeners can cause health problems. Even though the smell is appealing, these chemicals have been proven to worsen rhinitis and skin irritation for some people.

As is common with other commercial home cleaning products, most of their negative effects are not noticed immediately.  These reactions can start days or even weeks after coming into contact with these substances.

Many of them contain phthalates, which are chemical compounds that help make the fragrance last longer. But studies are coming out that show these could cause hormone imbalances.

That’s why there’s no doubt about it, organic alternatives are better in every way. If you’re convinced, make sure to use the following homemade natural fabric softener whenever you want to take advantage of these benefits.

See also: 5 Natural Remedies for Allergic Rhinitis

Steps for making a natural clothing softener

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This natural softener utilizes basic ingredients, like baking soda and white vinegar, which are widely known as great natural cleaning solutions. The two combine their active ingredients to leave clothing clean and bright.


  • 2 cl. water
  • 1 cl. vinegar
  • 1/3 cl. baking soda
  • 6 drops essential oil, your fragrance of choice.

Step 1

Firstly, dilute the cup of white vinegar with the 2 parts of water, and pour into a container.

Step 2

Then carefully add the baking soda. Try not to spill anything.

Keep in mind that this is going to create an effervescent effect, which will only increase if you add all the baking soda at once.

Step 3

After that, mix with a spoon and make sure that everything is dissolved. Then add the drops of your favorite essential oil to give it a special fragrance.

Step 4

Finally, add the softener to your wash, just as you would add commercial products.

Step 5

Run through the normal wash cycle, then spread out your garments and see the difference.

Advice to keep in mind


  • If you want your product to be thicker, as an option you could add a bit of hair conditioner to the mixture.
  • If you have stains around the armpits or neck, then soak the garment in the softener for 30 minutes prior to your normal wash.  You could also apply white vinegar to the affected area.
  • To set colors in dyed clothing, add one cup of vinegar to the last rinse cycle.

As you can see, you don’t need to spend much or risk your health to wash your clothes and to keep them soft. Go ahead and try this trick, and see the change right away.

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