The best natural fabric softener recipes you can make at home!
The Allergy and Environmental Health Association states that fabric softener is “the most toxic product produced for daily household use.” This includes both liquid fabric softeners as well as dryer sheets. Many of the common brands of fabric softener that is used has toxins, which are harmful to the nervous system and the brain. Wow, that is scary, right? Here are some of the best options for natural fabric softener.
Tennis balls – There are many people who use tennis balls in the dryer when they dry their clothes. You can toss a few tennis balls into the dryer with pillows, comforters, sheets and towels to help fluff them up. It also helps to get rid of lumps since the ball is constantly bouncing around in the dryer. In addition, tennis balls will help your clothes dry faster.
Vinegar – Vinegar works as a great fabric softener. It is an ingredient that is inexpensive, effective, antimicrobial and nontoxic. Vinegar helps to not only soften clothes but also to get rid of soap residue on clothing. Just add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine.
Wool balls – Wool dryer balls allow your clothes dryer to run efficiently. They also prevent clothing from clumping, helps clothes to fluff up, lessen the time your clothes spend in the dryer and increases air circulation. Wool dryer balls can be used over the course of several years.
Make your own – You can easily make your own natural fabric softener. All you need to do is combine 6 parts water, 3 parts vinegar and 2 parts hair conditioner in a container. Stir the ingredients until well blended and use ½ cup for each load.
Green fabric softener – Seventh Generation makes all natural dryer sheets that work just like store-bought ones without the fragrances and chemicals. In addition, Ecover is a company that makes great natural liquid fabric softener. It leaves your clothes static free, soft and smelling fresh.