Almost two years ago I wrote a popular Do-It-Yourself post titled Make-Your-Own Laundry Detergent. I still today make my own detergent, and I now make my own fabric softener for the cost of pennies per load. This fabric softener is safe on all clothing materials and washing machines (even high efficiencies), and is safe for the waste water system (cleaning green!). And you can make this Green Clean Fabric Softener too because you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry.
DIY Green Clean Fabric Softener
1/4c to 1/2c White Distilled Vinegar
Small Ball of Aluminum Foil
1. Pour 1/4 c to 1/2 c White Distilled Vinegar into a Downy Ball or in the Fabric Softener designated dispenser of your washing machine.
2. Remove washed, wet clothing from washing machine and insert the load into the dryer. Add one Tennis Ball and a 6″ x 6″ (15.24 cm x 15.24 cm) square of Aluminum Foil, rolled into a loose ball, to the load.
3. Dry clothes as usual.
White Vinegar- Dissolves the alkalies in soaps and detergents. Besides removing soap, white distilled vinegar prevents yellowing, acts as a fabric softener and static cling reducer, and attacks mold and mildew. Also eliminate manufacturing chemicals from new clothes, brightens bold colors and whiten whites, and fluffs up wool or acrylic sweaters (hand- or machine-washed).
Aluminum Foil Ball- Reduces static cling. As clothing tumble in the dryer, the fabric rub together transferring electrons from one surface to another. This results in the build-up of a low-level electrical charge known as static. Fabric softeners remove static from clothes by coating fabrics in a light layer of wax, effectively reducing the friction between different materials. Over time, this residue can accumulate on the surface of the fabric, leaving clothes looking dingy and worn. As an alternative, toss balls of aluminum foil into the dryer to remove static without chemicals. The metal attracts the electrons, pulling them from the fabrics, preventing the build-up of an electric charge.
Cost: 1/4c per load= $0.015, 1/2c per load= $0.031…. WOW!
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