January 31, 2013 by mamacravings
Last week, mamacravings’ new series “Is it Worth it?” was introduced. I dove into the DIY of making laundry soap. Come to find out: it was easy, economical, more natural and a fun activity for the family. I have said, “Goodbye” to my store-bought laundry detergent and am on to my next DIY endeavor.
To go with my laundry soap, I want to try making my own fabric softener. Being a mom with a teaching career (at two different schools), I am curious to see if I can seamlessly throw DIY fabric softener into my new crafty adventures.
A quick search of “how-to” blogs left me speechless. Fabric Softener is even easier to make than laundry soap. I am trying not to jump to worth it conclusions, but this seems pretty promising!
*a spray bottle
* plain ole’ vinegar
* essential oils (if desired)
* In your spray bottle, pour 1 part of vinegar to 3 parts of water.
* If you have them on hand, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (just enough to your satisfy your scent preferences).
As Eli would say, “TaDAA!”. That’s it.
How to use
When you’re ready to use your fabric softener, simply mist your wet clothes with 5 sprays as soon as you put them into the dryer.
Is it Worth it?
How well does it work? My clothes were soft and free of static. The next time that my mother-in-law used the fabric softener, she wasn’t as satisfied with some static being left in the clothes. Next time, she is going to try a couple of more sprays to see if that remedies her issue with static cling.
Does it smell like vinegar? The heat from the dryer kills the vinegar scent. If you are not using essential oils, then there will not be a scent from the fabric softener. If you use essential oils, then it will smell like that particular oil. For example, I used lavender.
What does it cost? The vinegar costs less than $2 for a large bottle. I didn’t even make a dent in how much I used. So, 1 batch of fabric softener cost a few pennies.
Is it worth it? This took less than a minute to throw together. I was really satisfied with how it works and smells. And it cost a fraction of store-bought fabric softener. Is it worth it? I give this a definite YES!
**Do you have any requests for the worth it series? Let me know, and I will be glad to try them out.