DIY Laundry Softener

DIY Laundry Softener- lizmarieblog

As many of you know, I am obsessed with my DIY laundry soap. Well I was on Instagram & I saw a post by Raising Up Rubies on her DIY laundry softener & I just had to make it myself. I have only used it on a few loads of laundry so far, but I am already in love so I just had to share the recipe & my love for it. It’s a great accent to the laundry soap & makes my towels extra soft & fluffy & they smell great too! O, & since I already had the mason jar, the vinegar, & of course the water, this batch of laundry softener only cost me $1.54.  Even more amazing!

The recipe:

6 cups hot water {I used hot tap water, but you can boil the water as well}

2 cups white vinegar

1 bottle of conditioner {any conditioner will do. I picked one that smells great & that’s cheap!}

In a bowl mix the hot water and full bottle of conditioner. Stir until completely mixed & dissolved. After that pour in the vinegar and mix it all together. After that pour your laundry softener into the container of your choice. I chose a mason jar because I already had one & this large one is easy to pour or scoop the product out of. I use about 6 table spoons, but you can use the amount that works for you. 
O, & if you ever thought my handwriting was good… here’s proof that it’s not. It’s terrible. & I don’t mind it. I love the fact that my husbands handwriting is better than mine. I used a chalkboard label that I got from the Martha collection at Staples. You could use a recycled container with a pour spout, add a pump to the top of the mason jar. So many possibilities & you can do whatever works best for you.


I am loving this DIY laundry softener already, but since I just started using it, I will be back later with a full review. Have you ever made DIY laundry softener before? I would love to hear your recipe or things you have used & how you like it! Leave me a comment below, find me on facebook, or chat with me on Instagram, I would love to hear from you!

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  2. Michelle Nunley

    I was wondering when you finished using the product if you still had the same opinion? Also if you’ve continued using it? My husband has a super sensitive nose (especially when it comes to vinegar), is there any residual vinegar smell at all?


    1. Jennifer

      I use vinegar ALOT – in my laundry – NO residual smell – clothes is soft and fluffy – to clean countertops – smells strong momentarily and then nothing but freshness – and a mix of blue dawn and vinegar (heated) to clean shower stalls – soap scum practically melts off – just smells clean after rinsing!

  3. Amie Jones

    Can you show pictures of how you did the shelf above the washer and dryer? I love this. Great laundry area.

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  5. Brooke D

    I’ve been using this recipe for about 2 years and I love it ! It works great and I love using it with my homemade detergent. It works great with my front loading HE machine because the baking soda in the detergent and the vinegar in the softener clean my machine and my clothes at the same time. Also I never notice the smell of vinegar other than when I’m actually making it which is nice:)

  6. DeeZee

    I think I missed the part that tells you when and how much to use. Do you put it in your washer – when do you put it in….etc.

  7. Paige

    Do you know if your washer is High-Efficiency and do you know much about these homemade detergents and softeners and if they are ok for use with HE machines? I would like to use these detergents, but I’m nervous about ruining my fancy machines! 🙂

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  12. Terri

    I have been using your recipe for homemade fabric softener. It works great when I put my clothes in the dryer even for a few minutes before hanging them outside. The problem I’m experiencing is that it doesn’t provide any softness to the clothes that I don’t put into the dryer first. My towels and wash cloths are still very stiff once they dry outside. I rarely use my dryer so I am looking for a recipe that will soften my clothes without using my dryer. Does anyone know how I can get my clothesline dried cloth to be soft?

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