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Make your own fabric softener, all natural and safe


Our latest discovery is an “outrageously simple” home-made alternative – fabric softener crystals. This product is typically added to laundry powder at the start of the wash in order to add a nice scent, make fabrics feel soft and help them remain static-free.

As you are probably aware, most regular cleaning products purchased at the store contain powerful chemicals – and this is for scent purposes as well as cleaning. Chances are, also, that the scent products used are industrially produced fragrance chemicals…. and as you can imagine, there are all kinds of possibilities here for health concerns.

fabric softener crystals

Are you a fan of fabric softener crystals like Purex but not a fan of the price??  Try making your own!

Yesterday as I was doing laundry I noticed I was almost out of my homemade laundry detergent. Since I am going to be gone for 4 days this week, I didn’t want to give the hubster any excuses for not doing laundry while I’m gone (I could just hear it now, “Honey, there was no laundry detergent! I COULDN’T do laundry!”) so I decided to mix up a batch.

I had all the ingredients on hand for my powdered laundry detergent recipeexcept for the Purex Crystals, so I just left it out. I decided instead to try somescented Epsom salt as a substitute. I’d recently read that you could use coarse sea salt as a substitute for fabric softener crystals…but since Epsom salt is much cheaper (and I just happened to have a huge bag of it!), I decided to try it.

The nice thing about making your own?  You can make it any scent you like!

All you need is:

  • Epsom salt
  • essential oil(s) of your choice

homemade fabric softener crystals

Start with 10 drops of essential oil per 1 cup of Epsom salt (you can add more for a stronger scent if you prefer). For my personal “signature scent” I decided to use lavender and lemon…one of my favorite combinations!

homemade fabric softener crystals

I decided to start with 4 cups of Epsom salt and added 20 drops of lavender and 20 drops of lemon. You can make as much or as little as you want…it’s simple to make more!

homemade fabric softener crystals

Give the salt a quick stir to distribute the oils and you’re ready to go!

homemade fabric softener crystals

I first tried my new “crystals” on a load of towels (1/4 cup per load added in the same time as the laundry detergent) and while the scent was more subtle than the Purex…it was definitely noticeable. Which I think is probably a good thing since I’m guessing Purex has some powerful scent chemicals in it.

I did a few more loads of clothes after the towels and each load had a nice, subtle scent and was just as soft and static-free as the laundry I’ve been doing since I started down the homemade laundry detergent road….over a year and a half ago.

Just another option to consider for your homemade laundry products arsenal.  Let me know if you give it at try!

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