How to Use Vinegar as an All Natural Fabric Softener
Vinegar as an all natural fabric softener is a great way to make a eco friendly change to your laundry routine. White vinegar is one of the main things I rely on in my laundry room! It is an all natural fabric softener that can replace the need for other kinds of fabric softeners sold in stores.
Commercial fabric softeners can be costly and contain a lot of unhealthy chemicals, which are a couple of the reasons I quit using them and started looking for natural ways to soften my laundry.
Did you know that commercial fabric softeners can actually make your towels less absorbent? It’s true! Now, I use vinegar in the washing machine with my towels instead of regular fabric softeners. It is a wonderful way to soften my towels without affecting their ability to absorb water. It also helps combat any odors.
Why Vinegar Works to Soften Laundry – Even in Hard Water:
Vinegar naturally softens laundry by removing the soap and residue build-up. Vinegar contains small amounts of potassium and sodium, which softens hard water and can dissolve mineral build up.
Concern 1: Doesn’t vinegar smell, well, like vinegar?
At first, I thought vinegar was an odd choice for a fabric softener because of its strong smell. But I tried it anyway and found out there was no reason to worry – there’s no vinegar smell left behind once the laundry goes through the rinse cycle.
Concern 2: But I love it when my laundry smells like vanilla or lavender or something else delicious and fragrant.
Good news! You can easily add a natural fragrance to your all natural fabric softener with your favorite essential oils. Simply add about 40 drops of essential oils to one gallon of white vinegar. (Suggestions: Lavender, Vanilla, Chamomile or Orange.)
How to use Vinegar as an All Natural Fabric Softener:
- Add half a cup of white vinegar to the laundry in your washing machine before the final rinse cycle.
- Add half a cup of white vinegar to your washing machine’s fabric softener dispenser before you start your laundry load. It will be automatically dispensed at the right time in the cycle.
Tip: Use white vinegar because dark-colored vinegars may stain laundry.
How do you soften your laundry? If you aren’t currently using vinegar as a fabric softener, why don’t you try it and come back and let me know how it goes? I’d love to hear your feedback.
This blog post is a part of my Cleaning with Vinegar series. Join me as I explore many of the ways you can use vinegar as a natural, eco-friendly cleaner in your home. Read my previous post about how to clean your toilet with vinegar.