We all know that store-bought cleaners and fabric softeners are full of harmful chemicals. We still use them, though, being either ignorant or unaware of natural alternatives. The good news is that there are many ways to create your own fabric softener with a formula that won’t harm you or the environment and won’t pollute the air in your home.
The recipe we have for you today for a DIY fabric softener includes white vinegar. White vinegar is a powerful cleaner that can deal with soap residue easily and minimize static. It is rich in potassium and sodium that can soften hard water, so if you live in that kind of area, it’s a godsend.
What is White Vinegar?
White vinegar is made via double fermentation of distilled alcohol. It’s much less acidic than apple cider vinegar, even if it doesn’t share its health properties. While it may not be as healthy as ACV, white vinegar is a perfect natural cleaner and a great basis for a natural DIY fabric softener. Not only it’ll make your clothes softer, white vinegar will also make them whiter and keep your dark clothes darker.
If you have white laundry that doesn’t wash well, this DIY fabric softener will restore its brightness. The acetic acid in white vinegar is mild and won’t harm the fabric, unlike the store-bought softeners that can harm it. It’s also powerful enough to remove any kind of residue and dissolve hard stains.
As mentioned earlier, it will also keep your dark clothes from looking dull without harming the fabric at all.
White Vinegar-Based DIY Fabric Softener
- 1 gallon of white vinegar
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 30 drops of any essential oil
Preparation and Usage
Mix the white vinegar and baking soda carefully, then add the essential oil in the end. To use it, dilute ¼ cup of the fabric softener with ¾ of water. Add it to your washing machine during the final rinse cycle. Your clothes will be softer than ever and their natural colors preserved.