Natural softener for wool, towels and laundry. From market proposals to homemade products starting with simple ingredients to find.
To have a perfect laundry, a good one cannot be missing natural softener.
A fabric softener for washing machinesit preserves the softness of the fabrics and gives a pleasant smell to our garments. On the shelves of shopping centers we find fabric softeners with different prices and brands, if you are looking for asuper scented fabric softener, you should know that the artificial fragrances added to the products you find on the market include irritating, hypersensitizing and allergenic properties. In particular, the fragrances added in thesoftenerand incleansedin general, they can have a negative impact on the mucous membranes and the respiratory tract. According to experts, most of these products contain phthalates and other highly volatile substances that are very dangerous for our endocrine system (in practice they can cause hormonal problems in the long run).
For this reason, it is good to promote the use of alternative ecological products,natural detergents and DIY softeners, harmless to the environment and health, especially also suitable for a newborn!
In this regard we will illustrate you how to make a natural fabric softener at home following our instructions. This natural softener requires the use of ingredients that are readily available at home. These are products that can make you more soft fabrics and neutralize any odors from our laundry.
Natural DIY fabric softener
In this recipe we will propose you ado-it-yourselfto prepare asoftener with vinegar,while the vinegar softens, the bicarbonate performs a mild disinfectant action while the essential oils add a natural scent.
- 15 grams of baking soda
- 250 ml of hot water
- 1 liter of apple cider vinegar
- 25 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of ylang ylang essential oil (the basic essence that made Chanel perfume famous)
- Plastic container with a capacity of 3 and a half liters.
Note: the plastic container must be large, because the mixture will increase in volume due to the reaction between the vinegar and the baking soda.
If you don't want ascented softener, you can also omit essential oils, however we advise you to use them to perfume garments in complete safety and also because they are cheap. They can be found in herbalist shops or, with more competitive prices, by taking advantage of online sales; for example, a 100 ml bottle of lavender essential oil, on Amazon is priced at 11.99 euros with free shipping costs. For all information on the product mentioned, I invite you to visit the Amazon page dedicated to lavender essential oil. You can also use tea tree lemon essential oil (the cheapest) (it has antibacterial properties and therefore disinfects in addition to scenting) or rose essential oil (very delicate but also very expensive).
Homemade fabric softener, how to make it
- Pour the hot water into the plastic container then add the baking soda and apple cider vinegar: you will immediately notice a chemical reaction between the ingredients that will cause many bubbles to form in the container
- When the liquid has stabilized, transfer the mixture to the container of your old fabric softener and add the essential oils
- Shake and store the DIY natural fabric softener in a cool place
How to use do-it-yourself natural fabric softener
- Add the do-it-yourself fabric softener to the laundry placed in water or in the washing machine, exactly as you did with your old industrial fabric softener
- Before using the softener, shake it well so as to mix all the ingredients again. For each laundry, 4 tablespoons of fabric softener are enough
- It can be used for both colored and delicate items for white laundry.
- If you want to stay on the eco-friendly theme, avoid washing at high temperatures and washing not fully loaded.
DIY fabric softener
As stated, vinegar, by itself, has the power ofsoftenthe fabrics,woolistowelsincluded. The secret to having soft towels is not so much the fabric softener itself as the type of wash. To have towels and other soft items, you should:
- avoid spinning
- allow clothes to dry as needed
Often, we have the habit of leaving the laundry to dry more than necessary, in this way the garments dry out completely and the fibers stiffen.
Another ingredient that can work likenatural softenerit is often used by the cosmetic industry to soften even the skin! Let's talk about thevegetable glycerin.
How to make a DIY fabric softener? Here's what you need:
- 1/2 cup of vegetable glycerin
- 1 liter of warm water
For proper use, mix 1/2 cup of vegetable glycerin with 1 liter of water.
Best natural fabric softener
As you can see, there are many alternatives to classic fabric softeners that you find on the market. Vinegar is the King of cleaning, it cleans and softens, you can also use white wine vinegar, do not worry, the smell will go away during drying. If you really don't want to go into DIY recipes, you can look for a good natural fabric softener on the market. Among the best, safest and most natural products, to be used also for the clothing of a newborn, we point out theWinnin's natural softener, to get an idea, I refer you to "this Amazon page", however I would like to point out that the prices this time are not convenient because in classic supermarkets they are found at better prices (always make the relationship between quantity and price).
Washing machine maintenance: thanks to thenatural softeners Your washing machine will always be efficient and will protect itself from those dirt particles (fabric softener and detergent residues) that tend to accumulate in the holes in the drum, in the gaskets, on the filter and in the drain pipes. Not everyone knows this, but the bad smells from the washing machine are caused by the residues of fabric softener and detergent. For the same reason, we recommend using a natural do-it-yourself detergent.