Thursday, October 25, 2012

Scented Homemade Fabric Softener

I've tried a couple of different homemade fabric softener recipes in the past.  I just really like the idea of making my own and knowing what is in it and also knowing that its not going to negatively affect my septic system.

The problem I've had in the past is getting the clothes to have that fresh smell after washing.  

I found this recipe on the One Good Thing by Jillee website.  

This is my favorite recipe I've tried; it does use a small amount of store-bought scent booster, which is where the fresh scent comes from.  

Its very easy; I just made a double batch yesterday!  Enjoy!

Ingredients for a single batch:
-1/4 to 1/2 cup scent booster {I used 1/2 cup Purex Crystals}
-1 cup hot water {just hot from the tap is fine}
-1 cup baking soda
-6 cups white distilled vinegar
1. Mix hot water and scent booster in a small bowl.
 2. Set mixture aside, stirring occasionally while you mix the other ingredients.
 3. Add baking soda to a large bowl.
 4. SLOWLY add the vinegar to the baking soda.
The chemical reaction will cause it to foam up a lot, so make sure you add the vinegar very slowly to prevent a "bubble over".  I used a whisk to blend it well.
5.  Once all of the vinegar has been added; add the water/scent mixture to the vinegar/baking soda mixture.  Mix well.
6. Pour mixture into a larger container {so that there is extra space to shake the mixture}.
7. Shake before each use.  Add about 1/4-1/2 cup to each load of laundry.
8. Enjoy the freshness!

Update:  Be VERY CAREFUL about shaking or mixing the container, even just a little bit right after combining this mixture.  I had one container blow up and I had to clean fabric softener off of every surface in the kitchen!

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