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Thinking Outside the Box: How to make your own homemade fabric softener

If we’ve said it once we’ve said it a thousand times: You can always save money when you use coupons, but you can save so much more when you start thinking outside the box. If you come across a deal where you can use 12 coupons to get a 12 bottles of conditioner free, why not use 24 coupons and get 24 bottles free – and use the extra bottles to make fabric softener!

Here’s all you need: 

  • 2 cups any cheap  hair conditioner
  • 3 cups any cheap white vinegar
  • 6 cups warm water


  • Place the 2 cups of hair conditioner into a large mixing bowl.
  • Gradually stir in the vinegar, a little at a time.
  • Add the water and mix well.
  • Store in any bottle, jug, pitcher or spray bottle

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Note: Use a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula to stir. Don’t use a wisk and don’t shake. You don’t want any foam to form because the foam won’t dissipate.

Directions for use 

You can use this the same way you use regular liquid fabric softener – put it in one of those Downy balls or put it in the dispenser in your washing machine. We use about half the amount we’d normally use if we were using store-bought fabric softener.

If you prefer dryer sheets you can put your homemade fabric softener in a spray bottle, spray it on a washcloth and toss it in the dryer with your clothes.

If you have hard water

We have hard water in our area and believe it or not our towels actually come out fluffier when we use our homemade softener and we never have to worry about static cling.

Thinking outside the box 

If you really want to amp up your coupon savings, start thinking outside the box.   

Our family thought we were crazy when we picked up 30 or so Betty Crocker Cake mixes one week but they were on sale and, with a coupon, we got them for 25 cents each. And we knew we could use them to make something other than cakes. For example, we used them to make donuts and German chocolate bars – and that’s just the beginning. Now, for just 25 cents, we’re able to replace a more expensive dessert and save even more money.

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