Monday, January 9, 2012

Fabric Softener...

So I am spending way to much time on Pinterest since I found out about it... (*waring* that link may be addictive, you may not want to check it out! :) *)

Well since I enjoy crafting and baking it has been adding some interesting projects to my list of things I don't have time to do!  But I did stumble across another recipe I had to try out, and since I was almost out of fabric softener what a better time to try out something new...

Homemade Fabric Softner
Yield: 1 gallon
6 cups    water
3 cups    white vinegar
2 cups    hair conditioner

Mix water, vinegar, and hair conditioner in a 1 gallon container; stir. Do not shake it; it will cause foaming.
Use the same amount you normally use in a rinse cycle or spritz it on a wash cloth and throw in dryer.

My Notes
- So I put it in a bowl and mix it with a whisk (hubby's idea),  it mixes well and there aren't to many bubbles.  I poured a full batch into a large fabric softener bottle that I had and I mix it a little ever time I want to use it.  I kind of swish it around no shaking.
- It is really really dry here right now and I am not having any issues with static so that is working.
- I find that the conditioner gives it a bit of a nice smell but you can still smell the vinegar, I don't notice it on the dry clothes though.  I hang most of my laundry to dry.
- We have 'nasty', even after being treated, well water.  It has a lovely *NOT* smell to it, I find the mixture is able to over power that! YAY!
- I still haven't tried the spritz dryer thing yet

The low down
- seems to work well in the softening department
- if you are looking for the fabric softener smell this one may not be for you, even with a stronger smelling conditioner you don't get a lot of sent out of it.
- i have read that vinegar has antimicrobial properties so that has to be a good thing right?  I am thinking that this recipe may be a bit more environmentally friendly that the 'other' stuff' ???

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