Fabric Softer that you can make yourself for cheaper than buying store bought variety

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If you already make a lot of your own homemade cleaning products, you might want to learn how to make your own laundry detergent and fabric softener. This is yet another homemade cleaning product that you can easily make yourself. This way you'll know exactly what's in your fabric softener and you'll probably save a lot of money in the long run too. DeeDee from Hometalk shares her cleaning product diys with us so we can benefit from making our own cleaning products too. She not only shares how to make your own fabric softener but also how to make your own natural laundry detergent too. You can make a batch of your own laundry detergent and fabric softener for about $3, and it only takes a short 10 minutes to make too. The best container to put your fabric softener in is a large old creamer jug. Just clean it out really well when you're finished with it and have it ready to put your homemade fabric softener in. You could also use a mason jar if you like, and you could even put a pump on it for easy dispensing. All you'll need are three ingredients for this homemade cleaning product recipe. You need hair conditioner, vinegar and water.

You can use any conditioner you like. If you want to keep things really natural, use an all natural, sulphate free, paraben free conditioner. If you don't mind what kind you use, you could get the most affordable bottle you can find to keep costs low. First, mix the conditioner into the water in a bowl. Make sure the water is hot, so it mixes in easily. Mix it well using a spoon, or you could even use an immersion blender if you have one, or a blender instead. Once those two ingredients are mixed well, add in the vinegar and mix that really well too. When you have all of the ingredients mixed well, you can then funnel it into your container. The vinegar acts as the fabric softener, and while the conditioner helps too, it's mainly for scent. If you have High-Efficiency laundry machines, this fabric softener will work just fine for you, and the natural laundry detergent will also work great with the High-Efficiency machines. DeeDee says to use two tablespoons of the fabric softener per load of laundry.

So if you're now interested in creating your own natural laundry detergent to go along with your natural fabric softener, you can easily do so. All you need is a box of Borax, Super Washing Soda, OxyClean, a couple of bars of Fels Naptha Soap or Zote Soap, Baking Soda and Purex Crystals Fabric Softener. Then, just grate the Fels Naptha bars of soap into a large bowl. Then, add in the rest of the ingredients and stir them up using a wooden spoon. Once everything is all mixed up, put your new laundry detergent in a container to store it in. The soap smells great, and it works really well too according to DeeDee. It's a powder laundry detergent too, so it might even be easier to make than some of the liquid ones where you have to heat the soap up to include all of the ingredients. You can also make your own dryer sheets too if you like. Just take a few pieces of fabric and cut them into strips about the same size of a normal dryer sheet. Then, you can pour some of your fabric softener you've made into a jar and get the sheets just damp with the solution before you put them in the dryer with your wet clothes. Enjoy these cleaning tips and others from Hometalk.***

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