Newly Turned Homemade Addict: Homemade Fabric Softener!
November 8th, 2012
I’ve been a fan of all those mommy blogs, where they talk about trying to do as many homemade stuff for their family as possible and trying to live as frugally as possible. And so they create all these cool recipes that can last for days for busy moms or people like me, where you can cook and then store your food for at least 3 days and save money in the process. They also make all these awesome homemade stuffs like cleaning products and such.
So after reading all these, curiosity got the better of me (again!) and since I’m trying to cut grocery cost as much as possible these days, AND use less chemicals for me and WC, I thought, why not give some of the recipes a try?
So I tried one recipe, which was the Homemade Fabric Softener.
I always use about 2 litres a month on this baby alone, and the ones I like aren’t usually on sale often, so I hafta find an alternative for it!
Here, I’ll share the recipes with you guys as well:
image credit to onegoodthingbyjillie.com
Homemade Fabric Softener:
- 6 cups of water
- 3 cups of white vinegar
- 2 cups of hair conditioner (any brand)
In a big bowl, whisk vinegar together with the hair conditioner. (Seriously, use a whisk, ladies. It is much easier as compared to having to microwave these 2 items beforehand. BUT if you still want to microwave them for a short while to make your job even wayyy easier, then by all means, heat it up for a minute or 2.)
Add water. Whisk again. (Some recipes online stated that you should use hot water. Well I didn’t. All the ingredients mixed together just fine. But again, it is up to you.)
Transfer it to an empty gallon container (1 gallon = around 3.8 litre bottle/container)
Use the same amount you would normally use in a rinse cycle (approx 1/2 cup).
That’s it! Easy, right?
Since I was at Merdeka Supermarket yesterday, I thought I’d get myself a relatively cheap hair conditioner (I know right.. Merdeka? Cheap?? LOL!), but still has a nice fragrance. So I got the V05 Tea Therapy for RM8.90. Not cheap, but for test mode, why not, right? I don’t want to waste my current hair conditioner at home since I still need it! :p
As for the white vinegar, 1 bottle costs around RM1.50-RM1.60..? Depending on where your purchase them, of course.
I don’t remember the exact ml for the hair conditioner and the white vinegar (I’ve left the details at home, written in my kitchen recipe book. Will update this post later then) but I remember using the whole bottle for both of these items, since they didn’t actually amount to the said 3 cups & 2 cups in the instructions respectively. Maybe like a tablespoon or two less..? Not that much.
I also read the comments on these blogs saying that if they want their clothes to smell nicer (since they complain that there’s no smell at all when their clothes are dry), then they should reduce the cups of water. Which was what I did; I only used 4 cups of water. So with all the ingredients mixed together, I was able to fill the 2 litre (juice) bottle perfectly!
So if you want to save more, use the 6 cups of water. If you want to save less but make your clothes smell nice, use just 3 or 4 cups of water.
Also, you may think that by using that much vinegar on your clothes, will it stink up your clothes, right? I was thinking the same thing while I was whisking away, but luckily some of the clothes I washed last night (and managed to test this new fabric softener) there isn’t any smell of vinegar at all this morning! The clothes are soft though, that’s for sure! Love it!
Okay, it may not be cheaper than the store-brand ones, but at least you know what’s inside your fabric softener, right? I think I should find a cheaper hair conditioner to try next!
So my first successful homemade project for the family! Hehe.. yay!
If you want, you can even make some and give it away as gifts to friends, where you put it in a nice jar and put some decorative ribbon on it or something like this here:
(image from: mommyskitchen.net)
Well, actually I did more than 1 project last night.. this homemade fabric softener and…??
Stay tuned for my next post to find out!