Fabric softeners have become essential when it comes to washing clothes. They not only make clothes softer, they also protect delicate garments and leave a pleasant scent.They’re really common on the market and are available in most stores at affordable prices.
However, there’s been concern for some time that the fragrances they contain are harmful to your health and the environment.
While we can’t deny that they’re effective and leave an exquisite aroma, these products can cause adverse reactions in our respiratory system and on our skin.
The problem is that, just like other cleaning products, their effects are not always immediate and often appear over time.
Luckily, there are 100% ecological and healthy alternatives that offer similar results without the risks or having to spend a lot of money.
Today we’d like to share a recipe for making your own fabric softener so you can avoid toxins and harsh chemicals.
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Why use a homemade fabric softener?
Most people prefer chemical fabric softeners because they believe their the best choice for clothing care.
The products available in stores contain strong fragrances that can linger on clothes for days after washing.
Despite what the advertising companies would like you to believe, there are ingredients that will give you the same results without damaging your garments.
And you can try to ignore this fact, but the chemicals in commercial fabric softeners pollute the environment and can cause skin irritation.
In addition, some of them contain compounds known as pthalates that, besides helping fragrances last, may also cause hormonal imbalances.
While more scientific research is needed to prove the negative effects on the human body, some experts advise against their use.
Luckily, natural formulas use environmentally-friendly ingredients that aren’t toxic to your health.
Instead, they soften clothes and leave them cleaner without fading colors or degrading fabrics.
They’re recommended for enhancing the colors in dark garments and preventing sweat stains on white clothes.
As if that weren’t enough, the active compounds will clean the washing machine and leave it free of soap scum, mold and detergent residue.
How do I make my own fabric softener?
This homemade fabric softener is designed to work with any type of garment without the risk of allergic reactions, sensitive skin or respiratory difficulties.
It works to protect fragile fibers, even delicate baby clothing.
It fights odor and mildew while brightening clothes without fading their colors.
It’s customizable, low cost and easy to make by following just a few simple steps.
-2 cups Epsom salt or coarse sea salt.
-30 drops chamomile, lavender or your choice of essential oils.
-½ cup baking soda
-1 container with a lid
- Mix the Epsom salt and essential oil in the container.
- Shake a few seconds to mix well. When finished, add the baking soda.
- Mix again and cover.
- It will keep for up to two months.
How to use
- Use 2-3 tablespoons of natural fabric softener before the rinse cycle.
- For larger loads, use up to a half a cup.
- To remove sweat stains, scrub the stained area with the mixture and let work for 30 minutes before rinsing.
As you just found out, you can make your own eco-friendly fabric softener without having to spend a lot of money on complicated recipes.