Post by Sister Penny on Jun 30, 2009 7:11:59 GMT -5
I have not heard of using hair conditioner, but we line dry all of our clothing here in Michigan, I just use 1 cup of white vinegar in my rinse and even though the towels are crispy :-) I find that our clothes are pretty soft just when I use our homemade soap.
I use Zote brand soap.
I am going to try this recipe, to de-crisp some towels :-)
I started making my own laundry soap about 2 months ago. I love it! I also starting trying to save money with fabric softener. I have used vinegar and that seems to work well. However, another couple of ways that I have tried is to purchase store brand fabric softener and mix 2 parts water to 1 part softener. I usually use a 5 gallon pail and dump in two jugs of softener and then fill both of the jugs two times and pour that into the pail. Sometimes I will pour this diluted mixture into my washer for the final rinse. Other times, I will take a sponge (cut in half) and dip it into the pail. Squeeze it most of the softener/water out of it and throw the sponge into the dryer with the clothes. Both ways work well and it saves a LOT of money - especially if you use the sponge method. It literally takes what seems like forever to go through the pail of softener/water mix before you need to make more. Blessings! Pam
There is a group on Facebook called Plain Sewing and one of the members posted this: benefits of natural Wool Dryer Balls: Natural Fabric Softener, Non~toxic, Reduces wrinkles Eliminates static cling, Cuts drying time in half by absorbing all of the moisture from the clothing. The person makes and sells them for $6 each ball. I have never tried it before, but they look like tight balls of wool yarn. I just thought it was an interesting idea someone might want to make.
Post by richshelpmeet on Dec 5, 2011 23:39:19 GMT -5
I currently just use white vinegar in my rinse cycle as Penny does. In the past, I have had success doing the following: I would take an inexpensive fabric softner and pour it into a bucket style container with a lid.. I think I diluted it with 2 more additional parts water. (Take the empty jug and fill it with water twice, adding it to the softner you just put into the container.) Next, I took a regular household sponge and placed it into the softner solution that I had just made. When you put a load of clothing into the dryer, simply take the sponge out of the container, squeeze out the excess softner, and toss it in with the clothes for the cycle. After the clothing is dry, return the sponge to your solution. It seemed to work very well for us. However, since our house is quite small, and we are trying to sell it, I cannot do this at this time as it takes up a bit of floor space in an already tiny laundry room!
I recently started using this fabric softener recipe:
1 (18oz) bottle White Rain hair conditioner "Ocean Mist" 3 cups White vinegar 6 cups hot tap water
Mix all together well. Keep in a 3-4qt bottle. I use 1/4 cup in the washer dispenser for large loads. I dry clothes and towels 15 minutes in the dryer and let them finish on the line. The towels end up soft enough for us.