My All Natural Fabric Softener Solution

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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.

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