Homemade Fabric Softener and “Febreze’

Recipes for Homemade Fabric Softener and "Febreze" Air Freshener by The Everyday Home  #DollarStore #homemadeproducts #goinggreen

“How to Make Homemade Fabric Softener & Febreze”

Ok, here is the honest truth.

This post isn’t going to be about pretty flowers or cute kittens or

warm and cozy rooms.


It’s about a Laundry Product and an Air Freshener.

Nuttin’ purdy about that, I know.


But, I promise you I am soooo in LOVE with these ideas, 

and I couldn’t wait to share them.

Recipes for Homemade Fabric Softener and "Febreze" Air Freshener by The Everyday Home  #DollarStore #homemadeproducts  #goinggreen
Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict and I got together with
several other blogs to bring you a showcase of…
I will share the complete list of participating blogs at the end.
One of the products I am sharing is one which I have been using for
several months…
 Homemade Fabric Softener “Sheets”
Trust me, when you make this – you will never buy Fabric Softener
(liquid or sheets) ever again.  And making it yourself costs
pennies on the dollar.
Did you know that the fabric softener and dryer sheets which you buy
ready-made are extremely TOXIC?
I didn’t either until a few months ago and I did some research.  
I was floored.  The toxic chemicals are masked by an enormous
amount of good-smelling scents, which we love, but which coats
our clothes with a harmful layer of chemical lubrication.
Some of the chemicals used are actually banned in most countries.
(WHY do we allow this?)
Here are some of the chemicals used:
Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer

  • Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant
  • Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause
  • central nervous system disorders
  • A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage
  • Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list
  • Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders
  • Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic
  • Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders
  • Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled


Nice huh? 

Doubt it!

When I found out what I was using on my babies clothes and their

bedding,  I literally threw away the dryer sheets I had on hand the same

day and made a trip to the Dollar Store to get the basic ingredients needed

to create a homemade version.

Recipes for Homemade Fabric Softener and "Febreze" Air Freshener by The Everyday Home  #DollarStore #homemadeproducts  #goinggreen

All you need is:

2 cups White Vinegar (the miracle liquid)

2 cups Conditioner, any scent (I used *Suave Ocean Breeze)

*disclaimer: you could use an organic or all-natural conditioner for even less chemical exposure

6 cups boiling water

(1) Airtight container


You simply bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add the

conditioner and stir until it dissolves.  Add the vinegar.

Place in an airtight container, and add several sponges cut into halves.

When you need a “dryer sheet” simply squeeze out some of the liquid

from the sponge, and throw it in the dryer.  You can replace the

sponge into the liquid container after clothes are dry.  This batch will

last you close to forever and a day. Laughing

I store the excess in a pitcher and refill the sponge container as needed.

Recipes for Homemade Fabric Softener and "Febreze" Air Freshener by The Everyday Home  #DollarStore #homemadeproducts  #goinggreen

Now for the BONUS!

I made this next product earlier this week.

I did slightly tweak the recipe from when I made it, which I will

share at the end. You would not have to.

Recipes for Homemade Fabric Softener and "Febreze" Air Freshener by The Everyday Home  #DollarStore #homemadeproducts  #goinggreen

I love Febreze.  I used to have a can in almost every room of the house.

That is until I read about what it contains.


Kinda funny when you consider that their slogan is

Breath Happy.”


I did some research, and come to find out –

I could use the same base recipe as I used above for the Fabric Softener,

tweak it with the addition of some Baking Soda, and create my

own “Homemade Air Refreshener.”

Here’s the recipe:

1/4 Fabric Softener Recipe (above)

2 Cups Boiled Water

1 tsp. Baking Soda

You simply add the baking soda to the boiled water, stir to dissolve.

Then add the 1/4 cup Fabric Softener.

Pour into a cute little spray bottle.

Add a cute little chalkboard tag.


 Recipes for Homemade Fabric Softener and "Febreze" Air Freshener by The Everyday Home  #DollarStore #homemadeproducts  #goinggreen

The one thing I did later was I added a few drops of orange-scented

essential oil. It gave it a slightly stronger scent. 

But what I love is that I can make a batch of the basic recipe and

have two separate uses for it.  No empty spray bottles or containers

to dispose of.  And no nasty chemicals I can’t pronounce or don’t

want to expose my family to.


Could I ask you a big favor?

Would you mind sharing these by pinning these images to your

favorite Pinterest boards?  *mwah*

(just hover over each picture)

Recipes for Homemade Fabric Softener and "Febreze" Air Freshener by The Everyday Home  #DollarStore #homemadeproducts  #goinggreen

 Recipes for Homemade Fabric Softener and "Febreze" Air Freshener by The Everyday Home  #DollarStore #homemadeproducts  #goinggreen


Here are two other Homemade Products I make and use

in our home:

 Homemade Rosemary-Citrus Goats Milk Soap by The Everyday Home #going green #organic #homemadeproducts #soap

Homemade Rosemary-Citrus Goats Milk Soap

Homemade Mouthwash by The Everyday Home #going green #organic #homemadeproducts

Homemade Mouthwash


Join me on Monday for the

All Things Home Valentine’s Day Showcase:

“Share the Love”

All Things Home: Share the Love Valentines Showcase at The Everyday Home - 4 Days/20 Blogs #diy #bloghop #crafts #recipes

4 Days and 20 Projects!

There will be lots of “LOVE” to share.

I will have a fabulous (and super easy) art project plus



Please be sure to visit the following blogs for the
Homemade Beauty and Household Products Showcase:
Friday, January 24th
Saturday, January 25th




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  1. I haven’t used a dryer sheet in years and just recently bought a box. Now I want to toss them and make your environmentally friendly version. Thanks so much for sharing this useful tip!

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  2. This is something I’ve always wanted to try. I just pinned it so I can find it later. What did we do before Pinterest. Ha! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Wow! Who knew dryer sheets were toxic! Love the idea of your natural version, Barb! Thanks for sharing it!…hugs…Debbie

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  4. samantha riley says:

    I love this! I have used a similar recipe but used wash cloths instead of sponges. It adds an extra boost of scent when you wash the cloths with a regular load of laundry.

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  5. So glad to know…about the bad ingredients and how to make with good ingredients! I’ve pinned…

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  6. Well, after reading this – I’m a changed woman! Will never buy those items again – fantastic recipes! Not only will I Pin, but also share on Facebook – great post, Barb!

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    • Its scary to think of all of our everyday household items which are riddled with toxins we are not even aware of. :(

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      • Yes, yes it is! I think our Great-Grandmothers lived a cleaner life. That’s why I am glad our home is not insulated like newer homes – and that we have the old glass windows. Even though they say it’s for energy efficiency, I think our air in our home is cleaner because the house can ‘breathe’. Thanks again for putting this wonderful gathering together! I am honored to be among you all.
        Have a blesed day,

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  7. I can’t wait to try these… so much healthier options!

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  8. I’m loving this. Thanks so much for the tips. Linda @ Crafts a la Mode

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  9. Kathleen G says:

    Vinegar is a miracle liquid. I use fabric sheets and I didn’t know how toxic they are. My sister makes homemade cleaning and beauty products. I will let her know and thank you for the information. Important to know. Kathleen in Az

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  10. This was chock full of useful information! I use liquid fabric softener, but it’s probably just as bad. How would I mix your recipe up if I just wanted to add to rinse? Cut the amount of water?? Anyway, I’ll try it!

    And thanks for letting me be a part of the Showcase… I have loved it!!

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    • Sondra – yes they both have the same toxins and in fact, the liquid form is the WORST. :( I am not sure if you used it in the rinse. You could try adding a few teaspoons and try it. Loved having you part of this showcase. xxoo

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  11. I can’t wait to try this! I have a recipe I try now- but I am ALWAYS looking for the best one! Thanks!!

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  12. Great homemade natural alternatives Barb. Have pinned for later reference… thanks!

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  13. I like the idea of making my own fabric softener. Had no idea those sheets were so toxic!

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  14. Thank you for sharing!! I’ll definately have to try this- it’s simple enough and I didn’t even think about the toxins in fabric softeners. Great addition to the Home & Beauty showcase!

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  15. I can’t wait to make this tomorrow. Not only did I realize that they will be healthier/safer but will also save a bit of money. Very fun!

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  16. Thanks for this informative post Barb. I had no idea about all the nasty ingredients in dryer sheets. I am going to make a batch of this right away and also make one for daughter, too! No more toxic dryers sheets for my grandbabies! Pinned!

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  17. I love the idea of using a natural condition as well. Then it’s perfect!

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  18. Oh my goodness, Barb, I had no idea how toxic the dryer sheets were. I have been trying to detoxify my home and this is another thing to add to the list….I seriously cannot wait to try your ‘recipe’ ~ thanks so much for sharing it.

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  19. Love these ideas! And I agree I hate using chemicals,cannot wait to try this!

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  20. I love this idea! I also really like that is more cost efficient, also. Has anyone tried their “Febreze” on furniture? I would think it would be okay since there is no bleach involved; still, I would like to know if anyone has tried this with successful results.

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  21. Hello there,I have used just white vinegar in my washing machine,topped up the dispenser where rinse softener once went.It cleans the machine,no more gunk hose build up! Keeps washing soft as it is rinsing out the powder I use.I will share your healthy ideas too

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  22. Patricia says:


    This is awesome! Thank you so much!

    Do you have any ideas on how to make a solid bar of fabric softener similar to the bounce dryer bar?
    They have discontinued this product and in my search to stock up I have discovered all this great info about DIY and the chemicals in these products. Yikes! IS there any way you can think of or do you have any suggestions on how I might be able to make a solid bar of fabric softener that I could just allow to cool on the plastic holder for the bounce bar? Then I could make my own and still use the stick to the side of the dryer model.

    Thank you!!!

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    • Hi Patricia – no I have no idea how to make these. Don’t you hate it when you find a product you really love and then they discontinue it? :-/ Maybe check on Pinterest and see if anyone else has found a way to make these. Good luck! ~ Barb

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