I know, a lot of people don't even use it, that saves money right there. However, I'm a fan of that sweet, light scent and the softness that Fabric Softener adds to my laundry. I'm not a fan of the chemicals in this stuff, the material waste in packaging etc...
So, here is what I use instead. The important thing to remember is to purchase a good natural/organic type of hair conditioner...if you use a cheap chemical laden one, you are pretty much defeating the purpose.
Homemade Fabric Softener:
WHY DO IT?
*Because this is the stuff that kinda "stays" in your clothes....touches your skin...the biggest organ you have that sucks up whatever it comes in contact with....just sayin'
*Costs slightly more than pennies per load, but still saves you money.
*You know what's in it.
*Smells good and fresh.
Note: Use a natural and/or organic conditioner.
You will need a large bowl or container to mix it in. Some smaller containers to store it in (I use all my saved Agave Nectar containers with the flip cap tops).
6 Cups Water
3 Cups White Vinegar
2 Cups (approx.) Organic/Natural non-chemical hair conditioner
**Optional a few drops of essential oil
NOTE: The first time I made this I used a conditioner that had a very neutral scent, so I added the lavender essential oil. The last few times, I have used a conditioner that has a delicate scent, so no essential oils were needed.
1. Put water and vinegar into your container. Add the conditioner (swish water around in the bottle to get it all out). Whisk it all together really well.
2. Use a funnel to pour this into several smaller containers (mark the containers with a permanent marker so you know what this is).
To Use - Two ways to use it:
A. Gently shake container, as contents will separate while they sit. Use about 2-3 Tbsp. per load (eyeball it), add water to the fill line (as you would with regular softener). This is how I use it.
B. Spray or squirt it onto a damp washcloth and toss this washcloth into the dryer with your clothes. I have not tried this method, I have to wonder if there isn't a possibility of it putting too much softener on a piece of clothing and staining???
Go do laundry! :)