A few years ago I started using a homemade fabric softener. It smelled great and looked just like the fabric softeners you buy in the store. It worked really well too. As time went on I got sort of grossed out by using it though. It used a hair conditioner that smelled great but was full of ingredients I didn't even know how to pronounce. Our clothes get really bad static in winter and I usually like to use a liquid softener along with my dryer balls.
After searching around for a while I finally found a solution that I love. Plain old white distilled vinegar works great as a natural fabric softener. Vinegar softens clothes by removing any soap residue and removes any of the minerals in hard water. Because of this, it will leave your clothes feeling soft and fluffy like you used the store-bought fabric softeners.
I added some essential oils to make a homemade lavender and vinegar fabric softener. If you don't care for the smell of lavender you could easily add another essential oil instead. This softener works and smells great! If you have been looking for a more natural solution to keep the static down in clothes check out this homemade vinegar fabric softener.
The lavender and vinegar fabric softener is crazy easy to make! You will want to start with about 4 cups of white distilled vinegar and a bottle to store it in. I just picked up one of these cheap flip top bottles at Meijer. You can get them for around $3 at Meijer. Then add the 4 cups of vinegar to the flip top bottle. Finally, add about 10 drops of lavender essential oil (or essential oil of your choice) to the bottle.
That's all you need to do to make the lavender and vinegar fabric softener! Before you use each time give the bottle a good shake. Then add about 1/4-1/2 cup of the fabric softener to your fabric softener dispenser. Your clothes will come out smelling great and feel so soft! It's easy, natural, and only takes minutes to make up a batch.
Homemade Lavender and Vinegar Fabric Softener
4 cups white distilled vinegar
10 drops lavender essential oil (or essential oil of your choice)
Start with 4 cups of vinegar and pour into the flip top bottle. Add about 10 drops of lavender essential oil or essential oil scent of your choice to the bottle. Shake the bottle well before each use. Add about 1/4-1/2 cup of vinegar fabric softener to fabric softener dispenser for each load. Clothes will come out soft and be smelling great!