Both of my parents grew up on farms in Northern Canada and even though I live in a big city full of convenience, I find myself more and more wanting to learn how to do things in 'old school', less toxic ways - yesteryear farm style! So I hit up the internets (not so 'old school' ha!) and researched different ways to make homemade fabric softener.
I decided on two methods/main ingredients and played with different recipes until I was happy with the results.
*Also check out my Instructable for a Homemade Dryer Sheet Replacement.
Step 1: Making Dispenser Bottles
I chose to make batches of both softeners, and therefore needed two bottles, but if you're only going to try one of the recipes, just make one bottle.
What you'll need:
- 1-2 bottled waters with a sports style bottle cap (mine were 99 cents each!)
- a thin, permanent marker
- a measuring cup
- thin veneer or paper for label
- exacto knife
- cutting mat
Empty out the water bottles (if not already empty) and remove the labels, keeping them intact. Next, use your measuring cup to add water either 1/4 cup* or 1/2 cup* at a time, putting a mark at the water line each time until the bottle is full.
*If you have a standard washing machine, you'll need 1/2 cup of softener per load, so do 1/2 cup increments and if you have an HE washing machine (high efficiency) you'll need to do 1/4 cup increments.
If doing two bottles, use the first bottle to mark the second.
Next we'll make our labels.
Use the old label as a pattern to cut the new ones in either a thin wood veneer like mine, or a fun paper.
On a cutting mat, use a ruler and sharp exacto knife to cut out 1-2 labels. Then use your thin permanent marker to write on the labels. I wrote 'Fabric Softener Vinegar Mix' on one and 'Fabric Softener Baking Soda' on the other.