Homemade Fabric Softener #1

*It says #3 on the home made bottle pictured here, that is because in my written recipe book this recipe is labeled as #3 instead of #1 like on the blog. So no worries, it is indeed this recipe, but in my book it is #3.


  • 7 Cups water                                                              
  • 5  Cups White Vinegar
  • 2 Cups Hair conditioner                                            
  • 20-40 Drops Essential oil

Homemade Fabric Softener

Warm Vinegar and conditioner slightly before mixing together.

Mix ingredients in a large 1 gallon container. Stir, DO NOT SHAKE.

Use as you usually use fabric softener.

I miss using fabric softener so I have not been able to try this yet. I just finished making this right now. We had to give up fabric softener a few years ago, because our youngest is super sensitive to everything. I will report back and let you know if she can handle this homemade fabric softener. We used her conditioner to make this recipe so I am crossing my fingers that it will be safe in the cloths. 

*If you want more fragrance that lasts on your clothes. Use 1 cup downy unstoppable’s and add to the warm mixture of vinegar before you add the warm conditioner. 


Simply fill your fabric softener compartment or downy ball with White Distilled Vinegar.

Your cloths will not smell like vinegar and this will also help to rinse your cloths cleaner, deodorize, and remove stains in the rinse cycle.

This has been my favorite fabric softener for years. This is is what we started using when my youngest was born since she is unable to handle fragrance, chemicals or colors in her laundry products.



  • 1 Container fabric Softener                                        
  • 1 empty container of fabric softener

Fill empty fabric softener container ½ – ¾ the way full with water.

Fill the rest of the way with water. Believably this works just as well as the straight fabric softener without the buildup in your machine. (Recommended by appliance mechanics)

Before my daughter was born and up until we realized she was super sensitive, this is what we used. I always filled my container ¼ – ½  with fabric softener and then the rest of it with water. Works wonderfully. This also saves you money with out the hassle of changing or making your own fabric softeners.