DIY Natural Fabric Softeners

Commercial fabric softeners are filled with chemicals and have strong artificial scents. Now you can skip the in store alternatives with DIY natural fabric softeners that are non-toxic and inexpensive. If you are using the chemical softeners and have some clothing that has worn easily, there might be something contributing to that.

There are heaps of fabric softeners available on the market, yet no one takes the time to actually consider the impact of their frequent use on people’s health and on the environment. More often than not, mass-produced, top shelf detergents and fabric softeners are filled with untested chemicals such as the so-called “asthmagens”,  known to cause asthma. Below are a few alternatives that you can conveniently prepare in the comfort of your home, using only natural ingredients. We assure you these pose as a great way to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals and get that soft-to-the-touch feel of your clothes, we all have come to love.

WHITE VINEGAR

When it comes to cleaning, vinegar is king, to put it mildly, as this culinary condiment is a common ingredient in a number of home-made cleaning detergents. As you can suppose, it works perfectly fine for softening your laundry, too. In addition, vinegar efficiently removes soap residue from your laundry and washing machine, lending it a new lease of life.

You will need:

  • 3/4 cup of white vinegar
  • a few drops of essential oil (optional)

Pour the vinegar directly in your washing machine’s softener dispenser. Another alternative is to make your own softener concoction by pouring a gallon of white vinegar in a bottle and adding twenty to thirty drops of your favourite essential oil for a fresher, calming smell.

BAKING SODA

Some might use baking soda as a leavening agent, but this is by no means the powdery substance’s only application. Baking soda is widely known for its whitening and plaque removal properties. When added to your laundry, it will also effectively soften the fabric of your clothes. Baking soda also helps regulate the pH levels in your washing machine and prevents your water from being too alkaline or acidic.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • a few drops of an essential oil (optional)

Add the powder to your washing machine during its rinse cycle and you are good to go.

ESSENTIAL OILS AND SALT

While many people are afraid of the negative impact that excessive salt, especially processed sodium, can have on health when consumed in excessive quantities, this mineral works great as a natural fabric softener. Depending on the load of clothes you intend to wash, you should use between ¼ and ½ cups of kosher salt and twenty to thirty drops of jasmine, lavender or peppermint essential oil. Feel free to combine several types of oil if you wish.

You will need:

  • 1/4 – 1/2 cups salt
  • 20-30 drops essential oil of choice

Mix the two ingredients together in a jar, and add the mixture to your wash for a fresh-smelling, white and soft laundry.

VEGETABLE GLYCERIN

Vegetable glycerin, also known as glycerol, poses as a budget-friendly, effective and, above all, natural alternative to chemical-laden, store-bought fabric softeners. Glycerol comes in the form of a limpid, odorless liquid that is most commonly produced from plant oils such as coconut, soy or palm oil.

Preparing your own fabric softener with vegetable glycerin is quick and simple:

You will need:

  • 1 gallon of water in a bottle
  • 1/2 cup glycerin

Pour the glycerin into a gallon bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients well, and that’s it. For a softer, chemical-free laundry, pour half a cup of the concoction in your washing machine during its rinse cycle.

As you can see, there are plenty of natural alternatives you can resort to in order to substitute store-bought fabric softeners. The good news is these are easy on your budget and you will most likely find them in your kitchen’s cupboard.

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