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Old 03-08-2005, 10:45 AM
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Question Homeade Fabric Conditioner

I'm new to this site, and have noticed several comments about homemade fabric conditioner and unfortunately do not know where to start in how to make my own - help!!
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Old 03-08-2005, 10:51 AM
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Welcome angela

You can do several different things re fabric conditioner. You can just add neat distilled vinegar to your fabric conditioner drawer (this is what I usually do) as the vinegar smell doesn't stay on your clothes. If you do want a smell of something, you can add some essential oils to the vinegar (add into the vinegar bottle not necessarily the drawer as EO's are very strong)

However, if you want to make up a fabric conditioner then add 1 cup vinegar to 1 cup bicarb (watch out, this fizzes up) and add 2 cups water and a few drops of EO's to your choice. I have done this in the past and it does smell great but IMO, plain vinegar is as good.

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Seconding white vinegar, makes clothes nice and soft and clean, and they certainly dont smell of a chip shop!
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Thank you Ticklemouse, will try the vinegar and EO method to see how I get on (as I have a very fussy husband!!)

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Default Homemade fabric conditioner

Does anyone have any suggestions to which EO I could use as I don't want to waste money on the wrong kinds

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Lavender oil would be a good one as it smells nice and is very cheap.
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I used to use eucalyptus oil in mine - I liked the fresh smell and that is cheap too from chemists. Just over a 1 a bottle.
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Lavender is 2.19 for a 20ml bottle in Holland and Barret at the moment, as part of their less than half price sale, down from 6-something. That should last a while. I also use Orange oil, quite cheap!
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Orange oil smells gorgeous.
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For anyone with fussy kids or husband - put the homemade mix in an empty fabric conditioner bottle - if you do not tell them then they will never notice.
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Default What alternatives are there to fabric conditioner?

Hi all,
I recently ran out of fab con and wondered if any of you MSE'ers know what else I can use instead.

I've put water softner in with usual powder but it really doesnt seem any different.

Any tips would be very useful right now as next shopping day isnt till end of the month, OH seems to have realised we need to save money. :rolleyes:
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White and brown vinegar is the only way to go in my house...
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What quantities would you use?
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The same amount as you would use of fab con will be fine.

Put it into the fab con part of your soap dispenser in the usual way.

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Thanks will give it a go now as there is a load of whites to go in
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You can add a drop or two of essential oil to make it smell nice, but I don't bother. The powder leaves them fresh and the vinegar seems to soften them and stop jumpers etc going bobbly.
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I used to use white vinegar in all my laundry but now just save that for white washes. For jeans and dark washes I use the ordinary cheap malt vinegar... its half the price of white!

A couple of tablespoons is plenty.
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Hi,

I've finally found an earlier thread on fabric conditioner and have added these posts onto it to help keep all the answers in one place.

You'll need to read from the beginning to catch up
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I used white vinegar today with a few drops of cranberry and orange oil. I used half a cup of vinegar as someone on another thread suggested and my clothes came out with a slight whiff of the vinegar and not at all smelling of the oil!! Either i did something wrong, or it just doesnt really work as well as i thought :confused:
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