Today I’m going to share another tip I use to save money (and increase self-reliance) around the house: making your own fabric softener. It is very simple to make and very, very cheap. You may not even need to buy anything!
First, why would I want to do this? There are a few reasons. I’ll save money, I’ll get all the perfumes, dies and additives (some of which some people are allergic to) out of my fabric softener, I will learn to make something new and useful (always cool) and I’ll become more self-reliant.
Now, on to the process. First, we need to gather our ingredients: vinegar, baking soda and water. You can also use an essential oil of your choice for scent (I use peppermint). How do I make it, you ask? Great question, and pay attention cause here we go.
Step 1: Mix together 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of water in a large container (more than 1 gallon). The baking soda won’t completely dissolve, but don’t worry. You’ll get an assist from the next step.
Step 2: Slowly add in 6 cups of vinegar. The mixture will fizz, a lot. Stir this for a bit.
Step 3: Add in 6 cups of water and continue to stir until baking soda is dissolved.
Step 4: (Optional) Add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil for scent.
Step 5: Store. I used 2 mason jars that I had on hand (one was half gallon size)
Useage: Use 1 cup of this in place of your old fabric softener. This stuff works great, I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks now. It’s very simple to make and obviously easy to use. There are very few drawbacks if you use regular fabric softener already, but I must admit that I’m rather fond of the snuggle bear. I know it’s just an advertisement to make sure I keep buying the product, but seriously, how can you not like this bear?!
That’s all for this saving money tip folks. Do you plan on giving this tip a try, or is it too out there for you? Where do you draw the line when trying to save some coin?