How to Make Homemade Fabric Softener & Febreze
Most over-the-counter laundry products are packed with harmful causing chemicals. We use these products and are unknowingly exposing our families to these toxins. This fabric softener and room deodorizer is a healthier alternative.
Ok, here is the honest truth. This post isn’t going to be about pretty flowers or cute kittens or warm andcozy rooms. Nope. It’s about a Laundry Product and an Air Freshener. Nuttin’ purdy about that, I know. But, I promise you I am soooo in LOVE with these ideas and I couldn’t wait to share.
One of the products I am sharing I have been using for several months…Homemade Fabric Softener “Sheets.” Trust me, when you make this – you will never buy Fabric Softener (liquid or sheets) ever again. And making it yourself costs pennies on the dollar.
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When I found out what I was using on my babies clothes and their bedding, I literally threw away the dryer sheets I had on hand the same day and made a trip to the Dollar Store to get the basic ingredients needed to create a homemade version.
All you need is:
- 2 cups White Vinegar (the miracle liquid)
- 2 cups Conditioner, any scent (I used *Suave Ocean Breeze)
- *disclaimer: you could use an organic or all-natural conditioner for even less chemical exposure
- 6 cups boiling water
- (1) Airtight container
Here’s how you make it:
1.) Bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat.
2.) Add the conditioner and stir until it dissolves then add the vinegar.
3.) Place in an airtight container, and add several sponges cut into halves.
When you need a “dryer sheet” simply squeeze out some of the liquid from the sponge, and throw it in the dryer. You can replace the sponge into the liquid container after clothes are dry. This batch will last you close to forever and a day. I store the excess in a pitcher and refill the sponge container as needed.
Now for the BONUS!
I made this next product earlier this week. I did slightly tweak the recipe from when I made it, which I will share at the end. You would not have to.
I love Febreze. I used to have a can in almost every room of the house. That is until I read about what it contains.
DIETHYLENE GLYCOL MONOETHYL ETHER
Kinda funny when you consider that their slogan is “Breath Happy.” I did some research, and come to find out – I could use the same base recipe as I used above for the Fabric Softener, tweak it with the addition of some Baking Soda, and create my own “Homemade Air Refreshener.”
Here’s the recipe:
- 1/4 Fabric Softener Recipe (above)
- 2 Cups Boiled Water
- 1 tsp. Baking Soda
- You simply add the baking soda to the boiled water, stir to dissolve.
- Then add the 1/4 cup Fabric Softener.
- Pour into a cute little spray bottle.
- Add a cute little chalkboard tag. 🙂
The one thing I did later was I added a few drops of orange-scented essential oil. It gave it a slightly stronger scent. But what I love is that I can make a batch of the basic recipe and have two separate uses for it. No empty spray bottles or containers to dispose of. And no nasty chemicals I can’t pronounce or don’t want to expose my family to.
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