Softening Your Clothes

by Lisa Van den Boomen

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Here are some tips for softening your clothes!

Vinegar: This is by far the best way to soften your clothes and it's also environmentally friendly! Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to final rinse. Personally I use a "downy ball" and fill it as I would if I were using liquid fabric softener. If you are washing a blanket or clothes with itchy fabric, use 1 cup if possible.

Instead of Fabric Softener Sheets: Fabric softener sheets are expensive to use! Instead, Make a solution with 1/3 cup of generic liquid fabric softener and 1 cup of water. Cut up pieces of fabric (thick cotton) into 4" squares and dip in solution. Squeeze out the excess and throw one square in the dryer with clothes!! Do not make more that this amount of solution at a time, as it becomes slimy over time if you do it. Using this method, your generic fabric softener jug should last you about a year to a year and a half!!!

Instead of using cotton fabric, you can also use small pieces of sponge.

Instead of dipping in solution, you can add the mixture to a spray bottle and spray onto sheets until slightly damp.

Baking Soda: Another interesting way to soften clothes would be to add 3 teaspoons of baking soda to a baby sock and throw in with wash! That's it!

Fabric Softener Solution

  • 2 cups white Vinegar
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 4 cups water

Combine slowly and carefully over sink. The baking soda and vinegar will fizz. Pour into plastic bottle, cover, and shake. Use 1/4 cup in the final rinse or in a "Downy Ball".

Fabric Softener Sheets

If you insist on using pre-made fabric softener sheets, you can cut them in half and still save!

Lisa Van den Boomen currently teaches workshops on making your own bath and body products and food gifts. You can contact her at

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