How to make your own natural fabric softener

Purchasing fabric softeners can cost a lot of money, which may prevent you from purchasing it at the store. Creating your own homemade fabric softener can save you money and help to make your clothes soft and fluffy. Homemade fabric softeners protect the environment from harmful chemicals. Chemicals founds in commercial softeners pollute waters and are a concern to the health of humans and animals. Make your own fabric softener with common items you have around your home.

Combine 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of baking soda into a container. Pour the vinegar into the baking soda carefully and slowly because it will fizz.

Stir the fabric softener until the baking soda dissolves completely.

Secure a lid on the container. Label the container. Store the container in a cool and dark location.

Shake the container to dissolve any baking soda that settled to the bottom. Pour 1/4 cup of the fabric softener into the washing machine during the final rinse.

Pour 1/2 cup of cold water into a spray bottle.

Add 1/2 cup of a liquid fabric softener into the spray bottle.

Screw the spray nozzle onto the bottle tightly.

Hold a clean and old washcloth 4 inches away from the spray bottle. Spray the fabric softener mixture to dampen the washcloth.

Place the washcloth into the dryer with the wet laundry.


Add 1 cup of vinegar to the final rinse if you do not have baking soda. Add 1/4 cup of baking soda to the washing machine if you do not have white vinegar. Add five to 10 drops of your preferred essential oil to the solution if you desire. The essential oils make your clothes smell pleasant.


Store the homemade fabric softeners away from children and pets.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Container with lid
  • Spray bottle
  • Liquid fabric softener
  • Washcloth
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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.