Transform Your Laundry Routine with This Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe

Are you tired of using store-bought fabric softeners that are full of chemicals and come in plastic packaging that ends up in the landfill? Why not try making your own homemade fabric softener?

Homemade Fabric Softner

It’s a simple and eco-friendly solution that will leave your clothes feeling soft and fresh. Plus, you’ll save money in the long run.

This recipe is scented with lavender and geranium essential oils, but you can customize it with your favorite scents. Ready to transform your laundry routine and make the switch to a more sustainable option? Let’s get started!


  • 1/3 cup hair conditioner (any brand is fine. I prefer one without a strong scent as you are adding essential oils)
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 2 cups of warm distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10-20 drops geranium essential oil
  • Airtight container
  • Large bowl
  •  Whisk
  • Funnel (if needed)

Tips for Making Fabric Softner

Alright, let’s talk about some tips to make sure that your homemade fabric softener turns out great. These tips will help ensure that your fabric softener is effective, gentle on your clothes, and long-lasting. When you’re making your own fabric softener, there are a few things you can do to make sure it turns out just right.

Using distilled water will help ensure that your fabric softener lasts longer and doesn’t develop mold or bacteria. Tap water may contain impurities that can reduce the effectiveness of the fabric softener.

Using a whisk instead of a spoon will help ensure that the ingredients are well combined and that there are no lumps or clumps.

Baking soda can react with acidic ingredients like vinegar, so it’s best to add it last to ensure that it’s fully mixed in and doesn’t react with the other ingredients.

Look for a hair conditioner that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals or strong fragrances. A mild conditioner will help ensure that your fabric softener is gentle on your clothes.

Essential oils can vary in quality, so be sure to choose a reputable brand that uses pure, high-quality oils. This will ensure that your fabric softener has a strong, pleasant scent that lasts.

After making your fabric softener, store it in an airtight container to keep it fresh and effective. You can use a mason jar, plastic container, or any other container with a tight-fitting lid.

How to Make Homemade Fabric Softner

Ready to get crafting? You will find the full tutorial below!

Yield: 2.5 cups Fabric Softener

Homemade Fabric Softener

Homemade Fabric Softener
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2


  • 1/3 cup hair conditioner
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 2 cups of warm distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10-20 drops geranium essential oil


  • Airtight container
  • Large bowl
  • Whisk
  • Funnel (if needed)


  1. Gather your supplies.
  2. Add the hair conditioner, vinegar and distilled water to the bowl. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Whisk in the baking soda and essential oils.
  4. Pour the mixture into your container.


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Tips for Using Your Homemade Fabric Softener

Now that you know how to make your own fabric softener, let’s talk about how to use it to get the best results. Using your fabric softener correctly will help ensure that your clothes come out soft, fresh, and smelling great. By following these tips, you can get the most out of your homemade fabric softener and enjoy softer, fresher laundry without the harsh chemicals.

Shake well before each use: Since this fabric softener is made with natural ingredients, it may separate over time. Give it a good shake before using it to ensure the ingredients are well mixed.

Use the right amount: It can be tempting to use more fabric softener than necessary, but it’s important to follow the instructions and use the recommended amount. Using too much fabric softener can actually leave your clothes feeling greasy or heavy.

Store in an airtight container: To ensure your fabric softener stays fresh and effective, store it in an airtight container. Mason jars or plastic containers work well.

Add it to your washing machine or dryer: You can add this fabric softener directly to your washing machine during the rinse cycle, following your manufacturer’s instructions. Alternatively, you can add it to a container of reusable dryer sheets and toss them in the dryer with your clothes.

Experiment with scents: This fabric softener recipe uses lavender and geranium essential oils, but feel free to experiment with other scents you love. You could try peppermint, lemon, or even tea tree oil for an extra boost of freshness.

Be mindful of allergies: If you or anyone in your household has allergies, be sure to do a patch test before using this fabric softener on all of your clothes. Some people may be sensitive to essential oils or other ingredients.

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