Homemade Fabric Softener {made with essential oils}

homemade fabric softener recipe made with essential oils- free printable label- This easy 2-ingredient natural, non-toxic homemade fabric softener is better than store-bought versions. It's cheap, easy to make, gets clothes cleaner than detergent alone, makes towels soft, fluffy & absorbent, helps prevent static cling and smells great! #essentialoils #doterra #yl #youngliving #diy #natural #printable #freeprintable -- essential oil recipe, natural cleaning

I love making my own laundry supplies.

Whether it’s this homemade fabric softener, DIY liquid laundry detergent, or organic dryer balls, it feels so great knowing that I’m washing my family’s clothes with all-natural and safe laundry supplies that I’ve made myself.  Find more favorite natural laundry recipes here:  11 Best Essential Oil Recipes for Laundry

 

 

homemade fabric softener recipe made with essential oils- free printable label- This easy 2-ingredient natural, non-toxic homemade fabric softener is better than store-bought versions. It's cheap, easy to make, gets clothes cleaner than detergent alone, makes towels soft, fluffy & absorbent, helps prevent static cling and smells great! #essentialoils #doterra #yl #youngliving #diy #natural #printable #freeprintable -- essential oil recipe, natural cleaning

 

 

Why you’ll love this homemade fabric softener:

  • It’s natural and non-toxic, which means it doesn’t have any of the nasty chemicals you find in most commercial fabric softeners.
  • Not only does it help soften laundry, it also helps get clothes even more clean than detergent alone.  It strips away any residue left on clothes by soaps and detergents.
  • Unlike store bought softeners, this DIY version doesn’t add a surface coating to fabrics.  That makes it great for towels.  Towels get soft and fluffy, but unlike with store-bought softeners, because there’s no added layer or coating caused by this homemade softener, towels stay thick, thirsty, and absorbent.
  • It helps prevent static cling.
  • And, of course, it smells great!

 

 

How to make natural fabric softener

step 1:  fill a quart-size container with vinegar

tip:  Use a jar or bottle that’s safe to use with essential oils.  Glass, stainless steel, and certain types of plastic (#1 PET or #2 HDPE) work well.

tip:  I used a quart-size container, but you can make this in pretty much any size container.

tip:  This recipe uses 4 cups (quart) of vinegar.  If you’d like to double the recipe, use 2 quarts (8 cups) of vinegar.  If you’d like to cut the recipe in half, use 2 cups (pint) of vinegar.

tip:  I love to use vinegar in my laundry and other cleaning.  If you love natural cleaning too, pick up a giant bottle of white vinegar at Costco.  It’s incredibly cheap, natural, and effective.  Here are a few other homemade cleaning recipes that use the awesome natural power of vinegar:  trash can deodorizer spray (click here for recipe), stainless steel polish (click here for recipe), dusting spray (recipe here), anti mold & mildew spray (click here for recipe)homemade shower cleaner (recipe here), kitchen & bathroom cleaning wipes (recipe here), and streak-free window & glass cleaner (click here for recipe).

 

homemade fabric softener recipe made with essential oils- free printable label- This easy 2-ingredient natural, non-toxic homemade fabric softener is better than store-bought versions. It's cheap, easy to make, gets clothes cleaner than detergent alone, makes towels soft, fluffy & absorbent, helps prevent static cling and smells great! #essentialoils #doterra #yl #youngliving #diy #natural #printable #freeprintable -- essential oil recipe, natural cleaning

 

step 2:  add 10-15 drops of essential oil

tip:  Many essential oils will work great.  Use an essential oil that you like the scent of.  Lavender, lemon, orange, lemongrass, and eucalyptus are some of my favorites to use in fabric softener.

tip:  You can also combine several essential oils together to create a unique scent.  Here are a few that my family loves:

10 drops lemon + 5 drops lavender

6 lavender + 6 drops lime + 2 drops spearmint

5 drops cypress +4 drops tangerine + 2 drops lime + 2 drops bergamot

10 drops lemon + 2 drops basil + 3 drops spearmint

7 drops eucalyptus + 7 drops spearmint

5 drops orange + 5 drops bergamot + 5 drops lemon

 

homemade fabric softener recipe made with essential oils- free printable label- This easy 2-ingredient natural, non-toxic homemade fabric softener is better than store-bought versions. It's cheap, easy to make, gets clothes cleaner than detergent alone, makes towels soft, fluffy & absorbent, helps prevent static cling and smells great! #essentialoils #doterra #yl #youngliving #diy #natural #printable #freeprintable -- essential oil recipe, natural cleaning

 

 

step 3:  stir to mix well and apply a label to your bottle/jar

click here for free printable recipe and label

tip: I print the label on regular, plain printer paper.   Then I attach it to the spray bottle using packing tape.  I find that this method does a great job of keeping the label adhered to the bottle and makes it waterproof so that it stays looking great for a long time.  Or, if you prefer, you can also print the label on full-sheet label paper instead.

tip: Before putting on the label, wipe the spray bottle with a bit of rubbing alcohol to make sure that the bottle is completely clean and the label will stick very well.

 

homemade fabric softener recipe made with essential oils- free printable label- This easy 2-ingredient natural, non-toxic homemade fabric softener is better than store-bought versions. It's cheap, easy to make, gets clothes cleaner than detergent alone, makes towels soft, fluffy & absorbent, helps prevent static cling and smells great! #essentialoils #doterra #yl #youngliving #diy #natural #printable #freeprintable -- essential oil recipe, natural cleaning

 

 

Here’s the natural fabric softener recipe one more time

step 1:  fill a quart-size container with vinegar

step 2:  add 10-15 drops of essential oil

step 3:  stir to mix well and apply a label to your bottle/jar (click here for the free printable recipe and label)

 

 

homemade fabric softener recipe made with essential oils- free printable label- This easy 2-ingredient natural, non-toxic homemade fabric softener is better than store-bought versions. It's cheap, easy to make, gets clothes cleaner than detergent alone, makes towels soft, fluffy & absorbent, helps prevent static cling and smells great! #essentialoils #doterra #yl #youngliving #diy #natural #printable #freeprintable -- essential oil recipe, natural cleaning

 

 

How to use

  • stir or shake to mix well before use
  • add fabric softener to rinse cycle
  • use about 1/2 cup for small to medium sized loads, about 1 cup for large loads

 

 

click here for free printable recipe and label

homemade fabric softener recipe made with essential oils- free printable label- This easy 2-ingredient natural, non-toxic homemade fabric softener is better than store-bought versions. It's cheap, easy to make, gets clothes cleaner than detergent alone, makes towels soft, fluffy & absorbent, helps prevent static cling and smells great! #essentialoils #doterra #yl #youngliving #diy #natural #printable #freeprintable -- essential oil recipe, natural cleaning|

 

 

here are a few other essential oil posts that I think you’ll like:

11 Best Essential Oil Recipes for Laundry

DIY liquid laundry detergent

homemade shower cleaner

natural dishwasher detergent

homemade “Lysol” disinfecting spray

streak-free window & mirror glass spray

kitchen & bathroom cleaning wipes

 

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Sarah Lewis

A little thing about me: I 💙 essential oils. I also love using my background in research to help people learn more about essential oils and all the wonderful ways they can be used. I share DIY recipes for natural cleaners that really work, non-toxic beauty solutions, and holistic wellness. My essential oil recipes, info, and tips have been viewed more than 20 million times. I've been featured on MindBodyGreen, Health & Natural Living, All Natural Ideas, This Natural Home, Natural Living Ideas, and Passion for Savings.

Blog Comments

Do you put this in the same place as regular fabric softner? Or in the drum like you do detergent???

If you have a top-loading washer, you can either put it in the place where you put regular fabric softener or the drum. If putting it in the drum, don’t put it in the drum at the beginning of the wash, wait until the rinse cycle to add it.

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