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.
Make homemade fabric softener by using just vinegar or a simple fabric softener mixture that includes vinegar, water and hair conditioner. For a powder softener, use a mixture containing baking soda and Epsom salt as main ingredients.
To use fabric softener, measure the correct amount in the product cap, and pour the product into the fabric softener dispenser on your washing machine or add it directly to the water during the final rinse cycle. Avoid using fabric softener on microfiber cloth, athletic sportswear, flame-retardant c
Stain-Removal-101 suggests adding fabric softener during the final rinse cycle, after the clothes have been washed by the laundry detergent. Depending on the type of washing machine, the softener can be added through a dispenser on the machine, in a softener ball or manually.
Liquid fabric softener is poured into the washing machine?s automatic dispenser at the same time the laundry detergent is added. If the washer doesn?t have an automatic dispenser, then the liquid softener is added during the rinse cycle.
Fabric softeners were invented in the mid 1900s by the textile industry to reduce static and improve the comfort of clothes. Scientist Conrad J. Gaiser later invented the more convenient dryer sheet in the 1960s.
The purpose of fabric softener is to soften fabrics and prevent static cling. Softener chemicals adhere to the fabrics, giving them a softer feel. Some people use scented softeners for a pleasant smell.
Baking soda and vinegar make excellent alternatives to fabric softener. To use baking soda only, add 1/2 cup to the washer, and allow it to dissolve before adding the clothes. Otherwise, add 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar to regular detergent.
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