January 18, 2009

Home Made Fabric Softner

I am always looking for ways to save money on normal every day expenses. I found this recipe for fabric softener on the Today Show - Saving Money with the Duggars (the family that has 18 kids -I would think they would know a thing or two about saving money!)

This is the recipe I use and so far I love it. My dryer takes 1 1/2 cycles to dry the cloths so when I re-set the dryer I through another sponge in - but even the days I haven't the clothes still come out with no static.
Recipe No. 1: 1 container of name-brand fabric softener 4 inexpensive sponges, cut in half Pour a whole container of softener into a five-gallon bucket. Fill empty softener container with water twice (two parts water to one part softener). Add sponges to softener/water mixture. When ready to use, wring out extra mixture from one sponge and add to the dryer as you would a dryer sheet.

The reason I don't use this recipe is that I can never remember to add the vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Recipe No. 2: Add one cup white vinegar to rinse cycle. Works great. Removes residue and odors. Also helps to keep washing machine and hoses fresh and clean too.

Tomorrow I will post the laundry detergent receipe.

3 comments:

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar said...

This really does help our family out! God bless you for trying to save money. Remember our book 20 and counting for a laundry detergent recipe

Heidi said...

Thanks for posting this! I will try it, I am always looking for ways to save money too. I have never watched the show with the 18 kids, I bet I could learn a lot from them on ways to save. I am a nurse, but stay home with my kids now, which is great, but I really miss getting a paycheck. I have tried clipping coupons, but it seems it is usually cheaper to just buy the generic brands instead of name brands that are usually what the coupons are. I am interested to see the detergent recipe you will post too.

Tiffany said...

Michelle and Jim - thanks for reminding me about your book because I do want to get it.

Heidi - I buy almost everything generic because I have noticed that the coupons in the newspaper are for the name brand food and since I already buy generic the savings are not that great. One thing to notice is the weekly sales that happen every 12 weeks or so - when the really drop the prices. I use to do that with the detergent until I found the receipe for making my own.