Thursday, March 1, 2012

"Homemade" Fabric Softener

I had so much positive response concerning the homemade powdered detergent that I decided to share a couple frugal ideas for fabric softener. One way is to simply buy fabric softening sheets on sale or at the dollar store and then cut them in half. I spent years using whole sheets and it was pretty wasteful and unnecessary. As soon as I open the box, I cut the sheet in half and then store them in a sandwich sized container. I have an old Wonder Bread container that I love and its the perfect size. I have found that keeping the sheets sealed up tight preserves their wonderful scent better than leaving them in the box. Its also easier to dispense the half sheets. Just by using a half sheet, you can double your money and it works great!

Another method we use is what I call "homemade" fabric softener. I hate to say that it really isn't completely homemade...but it is a very frugal and easy-to-make recipe. Start with a wonderful-smelling liquid fabric softener. One of my favorites is Suavitel. The bottle pictured above was found at a local dollar store for just $1. Also purchase some regular sponges (these were also $1). Take your scissors and cut the sponges into thirds. Take any plastic or glass container that has a large mouth and a lid and fill the jar 1/3 full of your liquid softener. Fill the other 2/3 with water, leaving a little headroom at the top. Now place several of your cut sponges into your container and allow them to soak up your softener mixture. Each time you get ready to dry your clothes, wring out one or two of the sponges and toss in the dryer with your clothing. After your clothes are dry, you will notice they have no static and smell wonderful! The sponges will be dry....much like little bricks. Just put them back into your softener mixture and allow them to soak up the liquid. Then re-use as needed. When your mixture starts running low, simply refill using the 1/3 softener to 2/3 water. You will truly be surprised at how long this mixture will last!

Before you go, let me share my Bible verse for today. God's Word is always such an encouragement to my life...and gives me strength for each day.
Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done.
The things you planned for us no one can recount to you;
were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.
~Psalm 40: 5

Keep making the most of God's gifts to you! Blessings....


At March 1, 2012 at 10:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been enjoying the little frugal series that you have been given lately. :)

I hope you'll come and visit me sometime. I've moved my blog to:

Take care, and thanks for the scripture. :)


At March 2, 2012 at 7:12 AM , Blogger Sherry Hefner said...

Thanks so much, Mara. And I will certainly come visit you right away! I wondered where you were! LOL
Blessings to you....Sherry

At March 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM , Blogger DoleValleyGirl said...

Thanks for the fabric softener tip, Sherry. I'm just about out of dryer sheets and added them to my shopping list; I think I'll give your idea a try. Thanks for sharing!

At March 13, 2012 at 9:48 PM , Blogger Retta said...

I've been seeing a few different homemade fabric softener ideas on Pinterest lately, lots of interesting ideas out there for this!

At March 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM , Blogger Sherry Hefner said...

I think you will like this! It really smells good and it lasts for a while. Like you, I sometimes run out of the sheets and this liquid idea is a great standby! Thanks for stopping by!

At March 13, 2012 at 10:13 PM , Blogger Sherry Hefner said...

Hi Retta....I love Pinterest but I haven't been there much lately. I would be curious to see the other options for fabric softeners that are out there. So much to learn and try! Thanks for stopping by my blog!


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