Fabric Softener – Cheap and Chemical Free

Now, I have to be honest.  I never really use fabric softener.  I never saw the need.  However, when I saw that someone had used white vinegar…I was intrigued.  It is cheap and easy!  I have used this several times – in cold water – with success!!  Once the clothing is dry (I used a dryer for most of my clothing,) there is no vinegar smell remaining!  I just smell fresh and clean!  I also use my own homemade laundry detergent which doesn’t lend much fragrance and I like it that way.  I used my homemade laundry detergent and the vinegar and I believe the vinegar aided in odor reduction and I believe my clothing comes out even fresher than without it.  I have 2 boys and their socks can get NASTY!!!!  I literally took a previously nasty sock out of the dryer and put it to my nose and took a deep breath in and…. it was so fresh smelling!  No remnants of vinegar or stinky sweat.  Pretty neat.  I have continued to use vinegar for the past week or so with every load and I have been pleased every time.  Don’t be alarmed if it smells coming out of the washer, the vinegar smell will be gone once it dried.  I want to try adding essential oils to the vinegar to get a slightly flowery smell to my clothing but my boys don’t really want that….and are happy just smelling fresh!  Have you tried this before?

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