Make a Homemade Fabric Softener in 5 Easy Steps

· August 7, 2016

This homemade fabric softener is not only eco-friendly, but also helps you get rid of excess lime in the washer.

Fabric softeners have become one of the most commonly used products while washing clothes.

It protects the fabric in your favorite clothes, neutralizes bad odors and leaves 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.

But for those who prefer more organic and healthy options, there are homemade recipes that you can use with natural ingredients, which are very inexpensive and easy to find.

Below we are going to share the benefits of doing so, and the steps you should take to make your own homemade fabric softener.

Let’s take a look!

Why use homemade fabric softener on your clothes?

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Some people think there’s no reason to go through the trouble of making your own homemade fabric softener when you could just as easily buy them ready to use in the supermarket. But it’s easy to make and has a number of extra benefits that you should consider.

What we share with you today is good for leaving your clothes soft, stain-free, and with their colors intact.

This 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.

It does not contain fragrances or harmful substances

Although we almost always ignore 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.

This indicates that they contain phthalates, which are chemical compounds that help make the fragrance last longer. But studies are popping up that show these could be what is causing hormone imbalances.

That’s why there’s no doubt about it, organic alternatives are more convenient in every way.

If you’re convinced, make sure to use the following recipe whenever you want to take advantage of these benefits.

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 in the world of natural cleaning solutions.

The two combine their active ingredients to leave clothing clean and bright.


  • 2 c. water (500 mL)
  • 1 c. vinegar (250 mL)
  • 1/3 c. baking soda (66 grams)
  • 6 drops essential oil, your fragrance of choice.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

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

Step 4

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, 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.