You may have seen I was giving away fabric softener crystals from Purex last week. I love these little crystals and I wanted to know how could I make homemade fabric softener crystals myself. I have made my own homemade fabric softener in the past, but I like these little crystals. When I picked up the bottle to read the label the first ingredient listed was sodium chloride. This is the fancy name for salt. Yes, they are selling you just plain ole salt that smells good. Well I know I can make something that smells just as good for less than half the price of that stuff.
Why would you use salt as a homemade fabric softener?
Salt is a natural water softener. Therefore if your clothes are washed in water that is softened, the clothes will be softened too. I am not fond of the vinegar smelling clothes, so this is a great alternative to me. I suppose you could use a little of both if you wanted. I can get sea salt for around $0.39 a pound here at Sprouts. That is pretty frugal fabric softener if you ask me. Plus I can add my own scents with a few drops of natural oils.
Let’s take the bath salts recipe, you can use the same exact recipe for Homemade Bath Salts to make fabric softener. It really is that easy.
Ingredients for Homemade Fabric Softener:
1 Cup Sea Salt
1 Cup Epsom Salt
20-30 drops of essential oil (Eucalyptus or tea tree smells nice)
Just mix these simple ingredients together and Boom. You are done. Use about 1/4 -1/2 per load. Depends on load size to how much you may need.
I have discussed the benefits of Epsom salt and the benefits of Sea salt, now you can wear these on your clothes to get the most benefits from both. Homemade fabric softener crystals will soften your clothes and add a fresh scent with the essential oils you choose to add. Who knew this would be so easy. Now you can make a large batch and use in your bath or with your clothes to keep smelling fresh and clean all the time.