Homemade Fabric Softener

Homemade Fabric Softener

Ever since I posted my version of homemade laundry detergent, I have had many of you ask me for a homemade fabric softener recipe.  How could I ignore such popular demand?

So, that brings us to this post today.  I found via a recipe through Pinterest , and set to work to make up a batch.  After the first batch, I tweaked the recipe just a little bit by reducing the amount of both water & white vinegar called for by 1/2 cup each.  My results were soft clothes & towels, which was pretty great.  White vinegar is like the all-purpose miracle agent for anything cleanly.  I found that I got much more scent in my clothes when I added about 20 or so drops of essential oil to the mix – although, that’s just a personal preference & not a mandatory thing.

Here’s what you need:

Homemade Fabric Softener


  • 5 1/2 cups of water
  • 15oz bottle hair conditioner
  • 2.5 cups white vinegar
  • 20-or-so drops of essential oil for fragrance {optional}

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl; whisk to combine.

Homemade Fabric Softener


Homemade Fabric Softener


If you want a good scent booster, add in several drops of the essential oil of your choice.  {optional}

Homemade Fabric Softener


Pour into the container(s) you wish to store this in.  I use an empty fabric softener container.

Homemade Fabric Softener



Use the same amount you’d normally use of store-bought fabric softener in the rinse cycle, or pour into a spritz bottle & spray on a wash cloth to throw into the dryer.

Homemade Fabric Softener


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Homemade Fabric Softener
  • 1 15oz container of hair conditioner (fragrance of your choice)
  • 2.5 cups white vinegar
  • 5.5 cups water
  • 20 or so drops of the essential oil of your choice {optional}
  1. Mix all ingredients together with a whisk. Pour into container(s) of your choice.
  2. Use the same amount you'd normally use of store-bought fabric softener in the rinse cycle, or pour into a spritz bottle & spray on a wash cloth to throw into the dryer.


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  • Lori

    Is this safe for baby’s clothes?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be.

  • Michelle

    Can I mix it into my homemade laundry detergent?

  • Homemade?

    I really like that fact that you are trying to do ‘homemade’ stuff. However, I go from one ‘homemade’ item to the next. From dryer sheets to laundry detergent. Both of them use just re-purpose store bought stuff.

  • Jess

    I’m sorry but this would only be homemade if you made the conditioner yourself.

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Touché 😉

      • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

        I’m just so thrilled that you love it as much as we do! And, we’re bad too a lot of times – afterall, everything is better with bacon 😉

  • kat morris

    is this safe to use with front loading washers that take only HE liquids??

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Yes, it is!

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  • Sarah Lee

    I just cut the store bought with the same amount of vinegar.

  • Ginny

    Wow, this something I gotta try ASAP! I’ve got soooo many bottles of hair conditioner. Thanx for this. I’ll try my best to post my results.

  • CuriousASaKittyCat

    Can you use the Dollar Store bottle of hair conditioner? Or should it be a specific brand? Love the idea of homemade dryer sheets where I can actually choose the fragrance.

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