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How to Make Homemade Fabric Softener with Essential Oil

By Bargz Oils September 19, 2019


Things you will need:

- A quart-size glass container
- 4 cups of vinegar
- 15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil


    Fabric softeners, also known as fabric condiioners are popular laundry products. They are usually highlighted as fabric perfumes but using fabric softeners has more advantages. There are many commercial fabric softeners available in the market but most of them contain synthetic ingredients and nasty chemicals. These toxic ingredients can be harmful especially to children and those with sensitive skin. The synthetic fragrances used in fabric softeners can also trigger allergic reactions like sneezing, itchy nose and eyes. 


    It’s always a good idea to make natural homemade products. Making a homemade fabric softener is very easy and needs only a few ingredients. It comes with many advantages as well such as:


    It uses natural and non-toxic ingredients. Unlike most commercial fabric softeners, this homemade one does not use toxic chemicals and ingredients. 

    It smoothens and softens fabrics, making our clothes feel good and more manageable. 

    It does not only help soften the laundry but also adds to the cleaning process. It removes any residue left by soaps and detergents on clothes. Vinegar, one of the ingredients, is a natural cleaning agent. It’s cheap, easy to find, natural and effective. 

    It helps to prevent or reduce static cling. Static cling is caused by the detergent because it discharges negative ions. Fabric softeners release positive charges that react with the negative charges. Because of this, the fabric will flow easily, making it look smoother and fresher. 

     It promotes easier ironing. Fabric softeners relax the fabric, making it easier to iron. Using fabric softeners is less likely to produce wrinkles on the clothes. 

    It is color-safe. The natural ingredients in our homemade fabric softener do not affect the color of the fabric.

    It gives natural fragrance to clothes and fabric. Essential oils such as lavender make clothes and fabric smell great. Other essential oils or fragrance oils can also be used. Some essential oils that will work well with fabric softeners are orangelemongrass and eucalyptus. These give natural fragrances that are safe especially for children and those with sensitive skin. 

    How to make homemade fabric softener with essential oils:

    1. Fill the glass container with vinegar.

    2. Add 15 drops of lavender essential oil or any other essential oil of your choice.

    3. Stir to mix well. 

    4. To use, add fabric softener to the rinse cycle. 

                   For safety purposes, apply a label to your bottle so that anyone who sees it at home will know what it is. This can avoid accidents. It is also best to store it in a cool, dry place out of reach of children. Always shake it well before each use. For small to medium-sized loads of laundry, use ½ cup. Use 1 cup for large loads. 

                   This homemade fabric softener is an amazing natural laundry product that not only softens clothes but makes you enjoy the therapeutic scent of essential oils. 

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