By: Retha Nesmith, Certified Aromatherapist
We received a request for a homemade, all-natural, fabric softener recipe. I did some research, tested some out, and this is my favorite! I originally found a similar recipe on Pinterest for getting the mildew smell out of towels. I added Tea Tree essential oil to it to help kill all the bacteria that can build up on your towels over time. I loved it! My towels were so soft and smelled so clean!
Here is the recipe for it:
-Add your towels to the wash like normal. Add 1 cup of Vinegar (I used White Distilled Vinegar). Then wash towels with the vinegar on the hottest setting available.
-When the load is finished wash towels again on hottest setting but this time add 1/2 cup of Baking Soda and 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil.
-Then dry. Towels will come out so soft and clean! Don’t worry, they won’t smell like Tea Tree or vinegar. They just smell fresh and clean!
-I will wash my towels like this whenever they start smelling again. Probably once every couple of months or so.
The Fabric Softener Recipe is very similar. I found this recipe on a lot of different sites and love it:
-Take a gallon of vinegar (I again used the White Distilled Vinegar) and add 25-30 (or play with the amount if you want the smell stronger or less) drops of your favorite essential oil, the essential oil is only for the smell. I like Lavender or Lemon. You could also add your favorite Plant Therapy Synergy. Or add Plant Therapy’s Calming the Child Synergy for your children’s clothes!
-Mark the vinegar mixture as Fabric Softener so you don’t accidentally use it somewhere else!
-Add 1/4 cup of the vinegar mixture to the rinse cycle. Or you can add directly to where you would normally add your fabric softener.
- Don’t add bleach to your wash cycle when using your homemade recipes with vinegar.
- You should not need bleach anyways because vinegar is a natural whitener!
- This recipe should be good for a couple of months.
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