Make Your Own Non-Toxic Fabric Softener

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If you like, you can double or triple this recipe and make a batch of fabric softener that will last for months, depending on the amount of laundry you do each week. If you do this, be sure you increase the amount of essential oils that you use.  You can also alter the amount of essential oils that are used to suit your preferences. Add more for a stronger scent, less for a softer scent.

Find a suitable container, one with a tight fitting lid to keep this mixture dry. Are you ready? Let’s go!


Make Your Own Fabric Softener


  • 2 Cups of Epsom salt
  • 25 Drops of your favorite essential oil or a blend of oils
  • ½ Cup of Baking soda

Simply mix everything together in the container you wish to use. That’s it! How simple is that? Label your mixture so that you don’t get confused later about what is in it or so that no one else wonders what is in your container. If you decide to make different scents, or make one batch unscented, then you will also be able to know which is which at a glance.

Simply add two or three tablespoons to your wash or just before your final rinse.


SEE ALSO: 25 Amazing Uses for Epsom Salt


By the way, if you live in an area that happens to get a great deal of static electricity from very dry air, and you find that your clothes sometimes get static cling, simply run a wire hanger over the area that has the static cling. It will stop that problem in an instant. Have Fun!


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  1. marie

    Jul 3, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Can this be used in the New washing machine that needs special detergents and softners?

    • John Landau

      Jul 3, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      I think the idea of using ‘special’ detergents and softeners is a marketing gimmick. As the article states, just put this softener directly in the tub with the clothes or try it on your rinse cycle. Use high quality organic essential oils to make sure you are not adding in more synthetic chemicals to your laundry. For those who must have their clothes smelling good, this is a great idea, but personally, I don’t want my clothes smelling like anything. Too many people suffering from respiratory illnesses and we have to be considerate of others in public. We don’t use fabric softener and our clothes are soft, never clingy. Commercial fabric softeners actually ruin clothes faster because they break down the fibers in the material.