Many people make their own laundry detergent at homes and use them in their laundry, however very few people make their own fabric softener. The reason is that most of them do not know how to go about it or they do not know what the effects of chemical softeners on their fabrics are. Most of the chemical fabric softeners contain chemicals which harm the environment and also our body. For example they contain chemicals which get into the fabrics and are released into the air later and are skins too absorbing it. Chemical substances like benzyl alcohol, benzyl acetate and chloroform are used for making fabric softeners which are very harmful for our respiratory system. Therefore we must use eco-friendly products which do not harm our body or the environment. To top it, they also are inexpensive and easily available and can be prepared in a few minutes.
You can make natural fabric softener using Epsom salt and an essential oil of your choice. You need to take a jar and fill it with one cup of Epsom salt and 10 drops of essential oil which you like. While loading the washing machine, you can add ¼ of this mixture along with your detergent for regular load and for large load; you can take 1/3 of the mix and run the cycle. Your clothes will come out of the machine, clean and fresh and extremely fragrant. You can also make a natural liquid fabric softener at home using fabric softener crystals, vinegar, distilled water, baking soda and fabric softener ball. For the liquid fabric softener you will have to boil 2 cups of water and add half cup of fabric crystals in it and make a solution. In another bowl, add 6 cups of white vinegar and mix 1 cup of baking soda into it. Now combine both the solution together and your softener is now ready for use. When you want to use this solution, just add some to a fabric softener ball and put in your rinsing water.
All of us wash our clothes in water which varies in the degree of softness and hardness. Some water is soft and do not need a fabric softener while some have more minerals and calcium and so on. You will not know which fabric softener is good unless you experiment with it. There are many natural substances which you could use from your kitchen as natural fabric softeners. For example when you are washing your clothes in your washing machine, just add half a cup of white vinegar to your rinsing cycle. This also helps in removing the soap residue which gets left out on the clothes after the wash.
Similarly you can add half a cup of baking soda before you put in your clothes. This will make your detergent work better however it will not help reduce the static cling. You can also combine both vinegar and baking soda and use it fabric softener however not mix bleach to the combination as it can produce a chemical reaction. Thus make your natural fabric softener at home using the natural substances.