Vinegar Laundry Softener

Vinegar Laundry Softener

Aside from Vinegar being a natural softener, it also removes soap residue in the washing machine and reduces static in the dryer. You can add vinegar to a Downy ball and throw it in with your laundry, or pour vinegar directly into the fabric softener dispenser if your washing machine has one. You can even added 1-2 drops of my favorite essential oil to the vinegar in the softener dispenser. Sweet orange brightens and fights stains, lavender offers a calming effect, and peppermint can help fight tough odors on clothing.


You can pre-mix your fabric-softening vinegar by using the following recipe:

A simple solution:

1 gallon white vinegar
30-40 drops of essential oil (where to buy 100% pure essential oils)

Lavender-scented softener is one of my favorites, or a combination of sweet orange and lemon when I need a pick-me-up on laundry day! A third suggestion is to use peppermint for an invigorating minty scent.

To use:

Just shake well before each use and it’s ready for the rinse cycle. For small or average loads add ½ cup to the rinse cycle, or a little more for large loads. (UPDATE: A helpful reader with an HE washer advises that about ¼ cup works perfectly for full loads.)