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My All Natural Fabric Softener Solution

The essential oil revolution has brought out numerous claims. Some are completely legitimate, some are just sales tools and others are straight out lies.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a large variety of essential oils in my stash ready for many types of solutions.

One solution that has always struck me as questionable, at best, was the “a few drops of lavender oil on a washcloth is a perfect replacement for an all-natural fabric softener.”

My major question was: “How?” I wasn’t aware of softening properties of lavender.

Lavender Uses

These are the typical uses for lavender that I’ve heard over and over again (some of which I’ve used):

1. Calming
Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis.
2. Sleep aid
Again, use the cupping and inhalation method. Then, rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.
3. Injuries/Wounds
Put a drop of Lavender oil to aid with the following:
  • Bee sting
  • Insect bite
  • Minor burn
  • Cuts
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Nausea or motion sickness
  • Nosebleeds
  • Dry/Chapped Skin
  • Chapped or sunburned lips
  • Hay fever
  • Dandruff/Cradle cap
  • Cold sores

It just didn’t make sense. I could see how the lavender scent could compete with the fabric softening scent, but actually giving you softer clothes? This was not my solution for all-natural fabric softener.

I reached to several of the sites that made the claim, just asking them for clarification, but I never heard back.

Potential Fabric Softener Issues

Then I started to do research on traditional fabric softeners and I found something in particular that was disturbing. Fabric softeners may:

  • Stain your clothes
  • Seal in previous stains
  • Prevent laundry detergent and bleach from removing stains

The above would explain why my clothes had just started looking dingier since I started using them regularly (about three years ago). So I was in search of a real solution.

For the last few months, I’ve done these steps and have been very happy with the results.

1. In the wash, I add a cup of vinegar in addition to my regular laundry detergent to the load. Especially when you have someone that wets the bed, it’s essential to have something that completely removes the smell. When you’re washing soiled clothes or bedding, an extra cup will cut that smell out.

2. Then, in the dryer, I add two dryer balls with a few lavender essential oil drops. I do appreciate the smell of lavender, but the balls do the softening work.

The start-up cost for this solution was:

Costco-sized Vinegar:  $3.69
Lavender Essential Oil: $12.99
Wool Dryer balls: $12.95

Total: $30, but after 4 months, I have only needed to purchase new vinegar. I still have 3/4 of the bottle of essential oil and of course the dryer balls are in great shape!

I’ve been cleaning my laundry this way since May and everyone in the house has been happy.

Do you use any natural solutions for your laundry? I’d love to hear them.

34 thoughts on “My All Natural Fabric Softener Solution”

  1. I would love to use natural solutions instead of the ones that we have in stores. It’s better especially if you there are people in the family who has sensitive skin. I love lavender, it’s calming and it smells amazing!

  2. Fabric softeners aren’t always great, it can sometimes trigger nasal allergies and it’s not really pretty when that happens. I think making your own homemade solution is great!

  3. I need to invest in the dryer balls. I don’t really care for lavender so I would have to use a different essential oil.

    I am going to try adding vinegar to my laundry. We have super hard water so I know it will help with that too.

  4. I have always wanted to switch to an all natural fabric softener. I will have to give this one a shot and see how it works for me.

  5. i love essential oils, i have almost 200 including blends. i use lavender all the time, and makes laundry smell so good

  6. This sounds like my type of product because I suffer from seasonal allergies. I trend to stick with all natural fabric softener solution and soaps.

  7. Bernadette Callahan

    I have used vinegar before, seems to help with deodorizing clothes pretty good. I use essential oils all over but have not put them into the laundry yet. I do have a washcloth cut into 4 pieces that I throw some on and throw into the dryer. I love lemon and using lavender on the sheets/blankets.

  8. Sounds like a great solution. I’m familiar with the first two benefits of lavander – but not about injury. I should consider getting myself a bottle for the house and perhaps try out your softening mixture as well.

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