Looking for some all-natural, DIY fabric softeners? Awesome, because I’ve got you covered. But first, a confession… it wasn’t until very recently that I even started using fabric softener. I don’t know why, but it had always sort of slipped my mind. But then, Erik and I had a friend stay with us for a couple of weeks while she was in between apartments. When she put all of her products in our laundry room, I saw Analisse’s fabric softener and thought to myself, “Oh yeah! That’s a thing people use!”
That’s when I decided to look into it. What I discovered, however, was deeply disturbing. Commercial fabric softeners are chock full of toxic chemicals, and they work by creating a coating on our clothes. That’s how they are able to make them feel so soft and smell so good. But that also means that those toxic chemical are then sitting there, surrounding our clothes and touching our skin throughout the day. And since I skin easily absorbs what we put on it… yikes!
So instead of buying one of those commercial varieties, I decided to try making my own, and I came across 6 all-natural, DIY laundry softeners that not only work but will completely blow your mind! That’s how good they are! So are you ready? Here we go!
Natural, Homemade Fabric Softener
Many of the DIY recipes I came across were relatively similar. They all relied on vinegar to deodorize the clothes and breakdown soap residue. This recipe is different, however. Yes, it still uses vinegar, but it also includes glycerin which helps to actually soften the clothing fabric.
Homemade Fabric Softener
This is another liquid fabric softener recipe, but it switches things up by using both essential oils and fresh herbs to mask the smell of vinegar. You can create a fabric softener that is very matchy-matchy (i.e., rosemary essential oil plus fresh rosemary sprigs), or you can use an oil and herb that are very complimentary (such as bergamot oil and fresh lavender or my personal favorite, lavender essential oil and rosemary sprigs). Really, the possibilities are endless!
DIY Laundry Crystals
Lately, it seems as if people are pretty obsessed with fabric softener that comes in crystal form, and it also seems as if every brand has decided to try their hand at making it. I’ve seen some by Downy, Purex, Mrs. Meyers, and even, Dreft. There is no sense buying one of those bottles though when you can make your own using two simple ingredients.
From Happy Mothering.
Homemade Dryer Sheets
If you are in love with fabric softener in the form of dryer sheets, have no fear. There is an all-natural, DIY option for you too, and it doesn’t get any easier than this. There are even instructions on how to turn your pieces of old fabric into durable, reusable sheets, not just a recipe for the liquid solution.
Lavender Laundry Sponges
Okay, so say you are interested in a reusable option, but you don’t have fabric lying around your house to make dryer sheets? No problem, you can make fabric softener sponges instead. This DIY is insanely simple. Please note though, that Kelly used commercial softener in her tutorial, but you could just as easily use one of the liquid fabric softeners above and soak the sponges in that.
From Smart School House.
Homemade Scented Wool Dryer Balls
Okay, so in hindsight, I might have been off when I said that I hadn’t used fabric softener until recently. What I really meant to say was that I hadn’t used liquid fabric softener because I’ve been rocking wool dryer balls for forever. In fact, they are one of my daughter’s favorite things to play with. I just never thought of putting essential oils on them until I read Kate’s post. Consider my mind officially blown.
From Sunkissed Kate.
A Word About Curated Posts
The above is a curated post. Some people call them round-ups, but I like the phrase “curated post” a lot better because I have spent hours putting each of these lists together. I have been a Pinterest junkie for years, and I am always looking for the newest or best or most interesting DIY project out there. Finding these items, testing them, and then using them on a daily basis is so much fun AND, I have discovered, helps save me money.
So if you enjoyed this post, here are some others that you might like:
All-Natural Beauty DIYs
All-Natural Personal Care DIYs
Healthy Living DIYs
And now I want to hear from you! Which fabric softener variety is your favorite?
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