Vinegar as a Fabric Softener

July 05, 2014

Here's something that may be completely new to some of you - using vinegar in your washing machine as a fabric softener.

Obviously, some of you will have heard of this before, it's not a new or original idea from me but I wanted to share my experience with you as I have been very happy so far!

Let me explain exactly what I mean as a fabric softener - I use a powder of liquid detergent to clean my clothes and then a liquid softener to reduce static, soften the clothes and leave them smelling nice. Recently I've replaced my fabric softener with vinegar, yep that foul smelling stuff is now what I use to make my clothes smell nice! Keep reading...

I've never been keen on the strong, artificial smell of fabric softeners. Since having Maddie we switched to 'baby friendly' ones then on my natural journey I looked for a more environmentally friendly option. I've found that these are generally a lot more expensive and not necessarily as effective so I wanted another option. I'd heard about using vinegar but I had avoided it as I was afraid of how my clothes would smell after!

I finally got over my 'fear' and tried it a couple of weeks ago... I was amazed at how well it worked! My clothes were left feeling soft and lovely but with no hideous smell! No vinegar smell at all and no artificial, fragrance smell either. In fact, they smelt the best they ever had done because they had no real smell at all! just a very neutral, clean smell. Of course you can add essential oils to scent your wash if you want to, I just really like that 'non' smell.

So... how do you do it? It's very simple actually. I started off with 1/2 a cup of white vinegar per large load. I have a very old washing machine that isn't very efficient, if yours is younger and/or smaller than you will probably need less, more like 1/4 cup but you can experiment to see. (I find that 1/4 works well on a smaller wash load which is what I tend to do as I use a half load cycle more often than not.)

If you want to add essential oils then you can do so, I think about 10 drops per litre would give a nice scent without being too much - but again, you can experiment with your own amounts to see what is right for you.

This is a very inexpensive, environmentally friendly, sustainable and 'chemical' free to soften your clothes. I can buy 564ml of white vinegar from asda for 48p and that will last at least 10 washes.

Give it a go and let me know how you get on! If you already use this method then please feel free to leave your own tips and pointers (or blog links) in the comments

Thanks for watching,

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  1. need to try this

  2. It will change your life for the better! ;-)


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