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4.04.2014

DIY Fabric Softener Crystals & DIY Dryer Sheets

Hello! If you are here from The Skinny Pear, a special welcome to you! I am so excited to be participating in the Detox Your Home series. Make sure you check out all the great posts from this week in the link here!


You know those crazy expensive fabric softener crystals? The ones that you end up using within two weeks? I think I've bought them twice in my five years of marriage. I felt guilty for spending that much money, so I quit.

(I still buy freshly baked doughnuts on occasion, but some addictions are worth it. Anyway.)

We've been using Young Living essential oils since late last year, and I love how they've helped our family. So I decided to experiment making my own fabric softener using Epsom salts and my Young Living essential oils. Epsom salts are great softeners and have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, and specific essential oils like lavender, orange, and peppermint {to name just a few!} are also antibacterial - which means not only are you softening your laundry, but you're also adding in some great disinfectants! Win-win.

{Oh, and one more thing: This batch only cost me a few dollars to make!}

This recipe is SUPER simple.


What you'll need:

2 cups Epsom salts
20-30 drops Young Living essential oils (single or a blend of your favorites!)
1/2 cup baking soda
Glass jar with lid


Directions:

Pour 2 cups Epsom salts into your container.

Stir in the Young Living essential oils. [Depending on how weak or strong you want your crystals to smell, you may add less or more. I personally LOVE the smell of essential oils, so I kinda just keep adding until I realize that I need to stop or I'll be out of my oil.]

For this particular softener, I used a mixture of lavender and lemon. Smells so good.

Add in your 1/2 cup of baking soda and mix well.

Throw a couple tablespoons in to each load of laundry (add more for larger loads).

That's it!

And after that load of laundry is finished, throw in some Homemade DIY Dryer sheets! 


What you'll need:

an old t-shirt torn into the same size as dryer sheets OR cheap washcloths
1 glass jar with lid
3/4 cup white vinegar
20-30 drops Young Living essential oils

Directions:

Stack fabric in glass jar. Mix essential oils with vinegar and pour over fabric. Make sure oil mixture is evenly distributed over fabric, then shake for good measure!

Add a cloth or two to your dryer load, then throw them back in the jar. You can retreat these and reuse them up to your discretion. :-)

My husband had been complaining about the static that regular dryer sheets were causing (um, isn't that the opposite of what's supposed to happen?!), but guess what? Since I started using both the fabric softener and the homemade dryer sheets, no more static! Woo-hoo!

So, how about it. Are you ready to jump into this amazing world of taking care of you and your family naturally? Click here to learn more or contact the person who introduced you to the "Detox Your Home" Spring blog series!



As an added bonus, if you sign up through any of us for the premium kit through April 7th, we will send you a FREE Chemical Free Home booklet with some fabulous recipes using Young Living essential oils to help you as you Detox Your Home!

Hop on over to Food Your Body Will Thank You For next to learn how to create some Non-Toxic Bubbles!

To check out all 30 posts in the "Detox Your Home" Spring blogger series, click here.

Have a lovely day!



*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

9 comments:

  1. I can't wait to try these!!

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  2. Great post! Thanks :)
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  3. Do you wring out the dryer sheet cloths before throwing in the dryer? Thanks!!

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    1. No, I don't! Mine weren't very wet at all... the clothes I was drying were far more damp :) Hope that helps!! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  4. I was wondering if this makes your clothes smell like vinegar. I already use homemade laundry soap with no scent added. I would love to try this recipe but I don't want the clothes to smell bad.

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  5. Where do You add it? To the detegrent or rinse drawer?

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    1. You can just stick the crystals right in with the detergent! Enjoy!

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  6. Super excited to try this. Do you know if these are HE friendly? Would you add to the detergent or directly in with the clothes?

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  7. Just made a batch of "Happy" crystals. Thanks for the great idea!

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