“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.
- 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
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.
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.
I store the excess in a pitcher and refill the sponge container as needed.
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.
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.
DIETHYLENE GLYCOL MONOETHYL ETHER
Kinda funny when you consider that their slogan is
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.
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)
Here are two other Homemade Products I make and use
in our home:
Join me on Monday for the
All Things Home Valentine’s Day Showcase:
“Share the Love”
4 Days and 20 Projects!
There will be lots of “LOVE” to share.
I will have a fabulous (and super easy) art project plus
some FREE PRINTABLES.