Monday, April 25, 2011

2011 Goals - Share More/Spend Less: Share More Monday - Frugal Homemade Fabric Softener

In an effort to focus on spending less as 1 of my goals for 2011,
I began researching homemade laundry detergent online.
I was able to come up with a recipe that works wonderfully for me
and I shared it last Monday HERE

This week's Monday Share is
Frugal Homemade Fabric Softener!
I am sharing my recipe with you today in an
effort to show you how to remove dangerous chemicals
and toxins from your clothing (it touches you all day folks!)
and also to save money by going back to basics. 
Here is ALL that you need:

Aluminum Foil
Lingerie Bag
Water (optional)


STEP 1 - Fabric Softener in the Washer:
Take your vinegar and (instead of store-bought fabric softener)
pour it into your fabric softener dispenser or "Downy ball".  
Do your laundry as normal! 

NOTE:  I do not like the smell of vinegar at all, so I have been cutting
the vinegar 50/50 with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water and using it
instead of the plain vinegar.  It works just as well as
full strength without the smell during the wash cycle. 

Vinegar also doubles as a natural deodorizer.... and it is CHEAP!!
If you have a house full of sweaty "man stink" clothes during
the heat of a Georgia summer, vinegar is the perfect solution to
skunky socks and smelly shirts... TRUST ME - It works!! 

STEP 2 - Aluminum Foil in the Dryer:
Yep, you read that right!  Aluminum foil!
Simply take a few pieces of aluminum foil and wad them up. 
I cut each of mine to about the length of a cookie sheet.

Take your aluminum foil "balls" and put them into a zippered lingerie bag.
Toss it in the dryer with your clothes and forget about it!
That's it... and it WORKS!!

Now how much simpler could fabric softening be?? 
No fuss.  No muss.  No static!

Check Back Next Monday for
Homemade Frugal Dishwasher Detergent!
I will be doing a post on dishwasher detergent
next Monday, so be sure to check back! 
You will LOVE how simple it is
and it costs LITERALLY pennies per load! 

I hope you have enjoyed learning about homemade fabric softener!

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I would love to hear your thoughts! 
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Have a Blessed Day!!
Katie Burke
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Pine Mountain / LaGrange, Georgia

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Amanda said...

Great tip - I am going to have to try the tin foil. We use White Vinegar in one of those Downy Balls (just straight white vinegar). We have been doing this for several years. I like it because you don't need to remember the dyer sheet (I am lucky on most days if I can remember to switch the laundry - lol.

Katie Burke - Bella B Designs said...

Hi, Amanda! My biggest problem is remembering to add the vinegar to the wash load. I just keep the aluminum foil "bag" in the dryer. We quit using dryer sheets a while back because I read about the danger of the chemicals in them building up in your dryer and becoming a fire hazard. I am a paranoid firefighters wife that would NEVER forget to clean the lint trap, so you can imagine what reading about the dryer sheets did to my awareness! Thanks for visiting and for commenting! Hope you come back next week for my homemade dishwasher detergent post! Hugs!

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