Food.com recommends a mixture of vinegar, baking soda and water to make homemade fabric softener. Other options for homemade fabric softener include Epsom salt mixtures and homemade dryer balls.
To make homemade fabric softener, mix 1 cup of water into 1 cup of baking soda that has been poured into a clean, lidded gallon jar. Slowly add 1 cup of white vinegar to the water and baking soda. The vinegar will bubble initially, making it necessary to shake the jar slightly to ensure the mixture does not bubble over. After the mix has stopped bubbling, add 5 additional cups of water, 7 additional cups of vinegar and 15 drops of essential oil. Add 1 cup of the mixture at the beginning of the rinse cycle to soften fabric.
Howard County Recycling District recommends adding 1/2 cup baking soda or 1 cup of vinegar at the beginning of the rinse cycle to soften clothes. According to Everyday Roots, another option for softener is a mixture of 2/3 cup of Epsom salt, 1/2 cup of baking soda and 20 drops of essential oil. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mixture at the beginning of the rinse cycle to soften clothes.
Dryer balls are fabric softeners made from wool yarn and are used in the dryer to soften clothes. To make dryer balls, wrap wool yarn into a grapefruit sized ball toss into the dryer with clothes after felting the wool.
Making homemade fabric softener is more economical than buying fabric softener. Homemade fabric softer may also be healthier to use as it does not contain some of chemicals found in store-bought fabric softener.