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    Cool Homemade Fabric Softener - Love, Love, Love This One!!

    Homemade fabric softener - I have been making my own fabric softener from the same time I began making laundry detergent. Love this recipe!!

    What you need:
    A 5-gallon bucket with lid
    2-3 gallons warm or room temperature water
    (3) 24 oz - 32 oz or larger bottles of any scented hair conditioner (I buy it at the Dollar Tree or Family Dollar)
    8-10 cups white cider vinegar
    Immersion blender/whisk

    1. Empty 3 bottles of conditioner into 5-gallon bucket. (rinse with water to get all the conditioner!)
    2. Add vinegar. (per size conditioner bottle: 24-28 oz - add 8 cups, 32oz add 9 cups, larger - add 10 cups.)
    (Your clothes will not smell like vinegar...I promise!)
    3. Add 2 gallons water.
    4. Mix well with immersion blender or whisk. If mixture is too thick...add more water until it's at a better consistancy.

    You can use this right away - - - 1/2 cup per load in rinse cycle or use it your Downy Ball!!

    A lot of people think that the conditioner is what softens your clothers, but it's acutally the vinegar. The conditioner is used just for it's scent.

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    I will definitely try this. I LOVE fabric softener and like trying all the different scents. I'll probably make it in smaller batches so I can mix the scents up.

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    Thanks for this recipe. I love using vinegar to soften the clothes, now I just need to use the hair conditioner. I have some great scents that I like and now will use them on my clothes.

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    Thanks. I'll have to try this. I have some extra conditioner.

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    A question about this???? Has anyone ever tried just using the vinegar with essential oil added to it? I was wondering if the hair conditioner scent is very strong. I am not really sure what kind of oil would work. What they have at wal mart is for candle making.

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    madone33, I would really like to try this BUT - finding the right kind of vinegar in anything other than a pint/half-litre size bottle (at £1 per bottle) is like finding hen's teeth, or the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, here in the UK - sigh.

    If any UK readers spot this post and can tell me where I can EASILY obtain larger-size jugs of white vinegar, please PM me.

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    This is the fabric softener I make:

    4 cups Epsom salt
    20 drops essential oil

    Put in jar and mix well
    Use 1/4 cup adding to washer with laundry detergent as it fills.
    This works in hot or cold water.

    I use 10 drops lavender and 10 drops lemon EO. Smells so good IMHO.

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    onencgirl - I can do this. Epsom Salts are easy,here in the UK.

    A question: you say "add to washer with laundry detergent as it fills" - by that, do you mean put it in the detergent dispenser? Or simply in the fabric-conditioner dispenser (which runs through, in the cycle, for the rinse-stage)? Or does it not matter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toffeekit View Post
    onencgirl - I can do this. Epsom Salts are easy,here in the UK.

    A question: you say "add to washer with laundry detergent as it fills" - by that, do you mean put it in the detergent dispenser? Or simply in the fabric-conditioner dispenser (which runs through, in the cycle, for the rinse-stage)? Or does it not matter?
    I just put mine in the tub as it fills.

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    all i use is white vinegar in the laundry rinse water. just can't abide the thought of the greasy conditioner being good for the clothes if it works for you and your family... more power to you.
    set it out in glass bowls/cup/jar as a room freshener-

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    I'm going to make this next weekend.

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    On Pinterest I found a recipe where you put orange peels in a jar, then fill with vinegar. I've been using the same jar of orange peels for over a month now, just refilling with the vinegar as needed. I was pretty stunned to see that the rinds didn't rot, but I'm guessing the vinegar preserves them? Anyways, it's a nice scent, and I guess I'll probably add new peels soon though to keep it scented right. I am also going to try the hair conditioner recipe, just in a smaller batch. The Epsom salts one sounds great too. Just need to get some first.

    Thanks!

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