Vinegar: Nature's Fabric Softener

Vinegar is probably one of the best natural substances you can have in your home.  It can clean, it can act as a pesticide, it can act as a weed killer, and it can even unclog those slow to drain showers and sinks.

But did you know that vinegar has a couple of other uses?  In our home we use it as hair conditioner and as a fabric softener.

To use it as a fabric softener, you’re going to need the following items: distilled water, apple cider vinegar, and hair conditioner.  The distilled water is recommended because it prevents extra mineral deposits from getting into your washing machine’s lines.  Natural hair conditioner that do not contain sulfates are preferable, but if you are on a budget, and are not as concerned about other chemicals, you can buy Suave, or any other cheap brand of conditioner for this process.

First, take a large mason jar with a plastic drinking lid.  I like these ones, because I can cover the hole to shake my jar and easily pour the contents through the straw hole.

Second, mix your ingredients in a 1:1:1 ratio.  That’s equal parts water, conditioner, and fabric softener. If you would like, use an unscented conditioner and then put fifteen drops of your favorite essential oil in the mixture.  I prefer lavender or lemongrass, but that’s me.

Use this mixture in the wash phase of your laundry.  My washer has a container for liquid fabric softener.  This stuff works great and will save you a lot of money, because you are using ingredients you’ve already got laying around your home.