It has already become a norm to use fabric softener to make the clothes smell fresh and clean. Fabric softener will eliminate ironing of most clothes, effectively removing wrinkles from fabrics. It can also remove static from some fabrics. However, commercial fabric softeners can build up on your clothes, towels and bedding after continued use and will render them less moisture absorbent. Buying fabric softener is an added expense. As an essential part of your washing process, it is possible for you to make your own fabric softener at home, using inexpensive materials that also serve the same purpose as the commercial preparation. Lavender is a scent that is gentle and long lasting. It also has insect repelling properties that can keep your clothes in good condition. Below are the steps to make natural homemade fabric softener lavender scented.
- In a large container such as a large pail mix together one cup of baking soda and two cups of hot water. Stir the ingredients until the baking soda is fully dissolved. Add one cup of white vinegar in the solution. The baking soda will react with the vinegar and may fizz so add the vinegar slowly so the solution will not overflow. When the fizzing stops, add a few drops of lavender essential oil and stir the solution well to blend. The vinegar will remove the soap residue still clinging to the fabric while the baking soda will clean the clothes further. The combination of these two ingredients will keep the clothes soft and the lavender essential oil will make the clothes smelling fresh. Add the lavender scented fabric softener during the final rinse like you would when you are using a commercial fabric softener.
- If you are using a clothes dryer to dry your clothes, sift together one fourth cup of baking soda and two teaspoons of cornstarch into a bowl. Add three drops of lavender essential oil to the dry ingredients. Mix the essential oil to the dry ingredients with a fork. Sift all the ingredients two more time to blend well. Transfer the mixture into a plastic container with a tight lid. Cut a small square piece of muslin. Place a tablespoon of the dry fabric softener into the center of the muslin and gather the edges to enclose the fabric softener. Tie the ends with string or rubber band and place in the clothes dryer with the clothes you are going to dry. The dry fabric softener will soften and add a wonderful lavender scent to your clothes.
- In a large jug add six cups of water, three cups of white sugar and two cups of lavender scented hair conditioner. Cap the jug tightly and shake it vigorously to thoroughly mix all the ingredients and dissolve the sugar. Add several drops of lavender essential oil. Add the solution to your final rinse.
Take note that vinegar is acidic and may harm colored fabrics. It can
also weaken natural fibers such as cotton after repeated use. Vinegar on
the other hand can also lower the PH level of water and make it softer.