My regular grocery shopping list usually comes with a big pouch of my family’s favorite fabric softener. Lately though I want to venture on making my own homemade version, not only to save on costs, but also to be more gentle on our trusty washing machine.
You see, according to Engr. Google, the black specs that I recently discovered in the bottom of the WM drum can be attributed to excessive fabcon use. I was able to remedy the situation by running a hot soak, with some vinegar solution. I figured, if we will be able to use more natural ingredients, the problem may no longer recur.
You see, for Shobs’ diapers, we only use vinegar as softener when the inserts get kind of stiff. For the kids’ clothes we hardly use any. But the mister and I long for soft and mild smelling clothes, hence the use of fabcon.
Anyway, as always, I’ll be sharing with you what I have researched on how to make homemade fabcon.
How to make homemade DIY Fabric conditioner in the Philippines:
1. Vinegar-Based. Ladies who are kind of apprehensive about using vinegar, listen up. The smell evaporates after 15-20 minutes and will just leave your clothes smelling fresh. This recipe, meantime, has an improved scent because you will be using the essential oil of your choice. Here are the ingredients: Three Cups of White Vinegar, half a cup of baking soda (baking SODA not BAKING POWDER), and about 10 drops of your favorite essential oil scent – you can buy it here, in the scent that you like. If you however want a pure, strong essential oil, then you may want to try this line, which you can buy here.
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2. Super Cheap. If you do not want to spend anything anymore and just want to source ingredients from your own home, then this is the recipe for you. It just uses hair conditioner, white vinegar, and water. Get the directions here as shared by one of my favorite homemaking websites, One Good Thing by Jillee.
3. Simple and Neat. This one is fairly easy, just substitute Epsom salt with our usual rock salt. Again, you can get your essential oils here. Check out the procedure as posted at Everyday Roots here.
So there you have it. Hope you could indulge your inner DIY Diva soon and try out these homemade fabric conditioner recipes.
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Leaving you with this DIY Video on Homemade Fabric Conditioner: