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DIY Fabric Softener

Healthy Home 2008, Spring 2008

Residues from fabric softeners, as well as the fragrances commonly used in them, can aggravate allergies and sensitivities, and can also be hazardous in some dryers, leaving a buildup on lint screens, which can block airflow, or on moisture sensors. If you use the recommended amount of a good-quality natural detergent, you can avoid the detergent-residue buildup that causes clothes to stiffen.

Add 1/4 cup to 1 cup white vinegar to the final rinse cycle (never mix vinegar and chlorine bleach). Try 1/4 cup baking soda in the wash cycle to reduce static cling. Removing clothes from the dryer while still slightly damp or line-drying clothes will also reduce static cling.

Comments (2)

  • 17 Oct, 2012

    A few drops of your favorite essential oil (I love orange!) added to the vinegar rinse make me look forward to putting the clothes on the dryer.

  • 19 Mar, 2009

    White vinegar IS great in the laundry. Softens the wash, cuts soap film, freshens, is very cheap [I buy a gallon to keep in my laundry room] and don't be concerned about the "deli" aroma - it only smells vinegary while it's wet. No odor when laundry is dry.