This natural scented fabric softener is easy to make, low-cost, and totally customizable.
The crystals will leave your laundry soft and smell lovely. The baking soda added in will naturally whiten and pull out even the toughest stains.
Being an alkaline substance in nature, (opposite of acidic) it can neutralize the acid in stains that come as a result of various cleaners, urine, or vomit.
It is also environmentally friendly and perfect for individuals who have sensitive skin.
To top it off, it won’t damage fragile fabrics, and it is a wonderful odor remover in the sense that it actually gets rid of smells (it doesn’t mask them with perfumery scents as other fabric softeners do).
You will need:
- 2 cups of Epsom salt or coarse sea salt
- 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil or a blend of scents and
- a half of cup baking soda
- A container with a tightly fitting cover and A marker
Blend together 2 cups of Epsom salt or coarse sea salt and add 20-30 drops of your preferred essential oil (we used lemon for its bright and refreshing scent.)
Mix in the essential oil before putting in a half cup of baking soda (alternately, you can leave out the baking soda, and add it separately, whichever works well for you.)
After blending together pour into a container with a tightly fitting cover and label it if you plan on making more with different fragrances.
Use 2-3 tablespoons and toss in with your clothes before washing. If you want to use the baking soda separately, add half a cup to each load.
You can double this recipe if you’d like, and adjust the amount of essential oil if you want it to smell stronger/weaker.
Body odors on our clothes and linens are as a result of bacteria. The bacteria are removed when detergent molecules disrupt the activities of the bacteria cells, leading to the on the bacteria been flushed away.
However, less costly detergents that don’t contain hard-working enzymes to fight bacteria need a boost (baking soda) to work more effectively.
Reasons to Make Your Own Fabric Softener
You should make a homemade fabric softener because, like so many other mass-market products, what appears like it should be harmless actually contains some pretty awful stuff.
Fabric softener might sound innocent enough, but it’s far from it.
Not only are many types bad for the environment, but they are made up of chemicals that impregnate fabrics that can be released over time and absorbed into your skin or inhaled.
Among softener, components are benzyl acetate that is linked to pancreatic cancer, benzyl alcohol that irritates the upper respiratory tract and chloroform, a known neurotoxin and carcinogen.
To top it off, many fabric softeners are petroleum-based, which takes a toll on a non-renewable resource and is not very biodegradable.
Essential Oil Tip
The essential oil will not enhance a strong fragrance to the garments once they’re dry, not like a commercial laundry softener and scent booster.
The fragrance will be subtle and fresh. Due to the cost of essential oils, I use a cheaper yet still reputable brand like lavender.