Homemade Fabric Softener

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3 minutes
September 26, 2022
Carole Jones

Since my most popular posts are my homemade laundry detergent and homemade Shout, I figured I need to post my final homemade laundry recipe to complete the deal.

Homemade Fabric Softener

I just recently started using this recipe when I ran out of my store-bought softener.  As always, I was skeptical.  I had all the ingredients in my cupboard, so I gave it a go.  So glad I did.  I adore it completely!  In fact, I just made my second batch of it this morning.  You can store it in your old fabric softener container, or use a clean milk jug.

Homemade Fabric Softener

The cost for 3 quarts comes in around 75 cents!!!  I used cheap Suave Mango conditioner and it worked perfectly.  It smelled heavenly and left a hint of the mango scent on my clothes.  I wanted a bit stronger scent on my dried clothes so I added some orange essential oil to the mix.  Just a few drops did the trick.  My clothes really smell delicious now!

So there you have it.  All my laundry secrets revealed.  And since I save so much money on my laundry, I don’t feel guilty walking into my favorite kitchen supply store and buying another bowl I don’t need.

My name is Carole, and I have a bowl problem……

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  • 6 C warm water
  • 3 C white vinegar
  • 2 C hair conditioner – pick a scent you like but use something cheap!
  • essential oil, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine all three ingredients together and mix. Whisk gently or you will get bubbles.
  2. Pour into your container and measure out as you would with store bought fabric softener.



Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


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