Who doesn’t love a good DIY cleaning recipe?
The good news is, you can make your own, residue-free fabric softener for a few cents!
What the Heck is Fabric Softener, Really…
Fabric softener is designed to remove static cling and soften the clothing so that when it comes out of the dryer, clothes are fluffier and softer. Traditional fabric softener leaves a waxy-like coating on the fibres which is designed to repel static cling. This also leaves residue behind on the clothing and the innards of the machine, not to mention the strong and sometimes irritating scent it leaves behind.
Hold Up, I Don’t Want That!
Don’t sweat it! Try making your own for a very few, teeny tiny cents. I’ve got two options in case you don’t like or can’t find white vinegar.
Recipe 1: Vinegar Option
Attention: Fear not, your clothes will NOT smell like vinegar when done. Add 10 drops of essential oil of your choosing to 1 litre of white vinegar. That’s is, so simple! Essential oil usage is optional and won’t affect the scent of your clothing, but it can help with brightening, stain removal or will act as an antibacterial agent. I am going to add a mixture of lemon and rosemary to mine, but feel free to research the various properties of essential oils and add whichever you wish to your vinegar. Vinegar on its own will work just fine
Recipe 2: Epsom Salt Option
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