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Fabric Softener Recipes & Reusable Dryer Sheets
Posted By Tipnut On May 24, 2010 @ 3:33 am In DIY,Frugal Living,Laundry | 94 Comments
Here are several quick tips for cutting costs on fabric softeners and making your own dryer sheets, each point is a separate tip. You’ll also find a few recipes and projects to try (listed at the bottom of the page). Lots here!
Here’s a recipe you can try:
1 part Vinegar
1 part Baking Soda
2 parts Hot Water
Cheryl sent in this one that is scented with your favorite essential oils.
I’ve had good success with this recipe and enjoy trying different fragrances just to keep things interesting. The scent is light once clothes have been dried and you can increase the amount of essential oils if the fragrance isn’t strong enough for you.
1 cup baking soda
1 1/4 cups warm water
8 cups white vinegar
- First mix the vinegar and water together then add the baking soda gradually, stirring the whole time. You will want to make sure to use a large pail to accommodate the fizzing activity from the baking soda and vinegar reaction.
- Use a funnel to pour this mixture into a washed, gallon sized milk jug (plastic), add 1/3 teaspoon of your favorite essential oil, cap and seal then shake well.
- To use: Shake each time before use, adding 1/2 to 1 cup at the start of the rinse cycle.
Thanks for sharing Cheryl!
For essential oil ideas, consider germ fighting gems like Eucalyptus or Tea Tree. If scent is what you’re after, consider lavender or even citrus favorites like orange or lemon.
Flannel Strips Instructions:
(can be reused over and over again)
4 TBS liquid softener
10 TBS water
You can use several dozen strips with this mixture. Leave sealed for 2 or 3 days, then use one flannel strip per load–squeeze out excess if necessary (it should be just damp). Keep container sealed at all times. Wash strips after use, then use again to make another batch when needed.
Herbal Lavender Bags:
*First published September 27, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization
Fresh and fragrant laundry can be achieved chemical free with easy to make lavender bags. Using lavender buds gives the benefit of a natural moth repellent, sleep aid and a natural antibacterial.
Use 1/4 cup vinegar in your rinse cycle (for static cling help, up the amount to 1/2 cup if needed) and toss the herbal sachets in the dryer for fresh smelling laundry. For optimal benefit, use organic lavender.
5″ x 5″ cotton muslin or cheesecloth squares (2)
Tip: Make more than one bag so that the same one isn’t in one load after another, alternate them so each bag has a chance to cool down before being used again.
Also see these tips for making wool balls from goodmama.typepad.com .
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