90 Responses to “Ditch the Dryer Sheets: Spray-Fresh DIY Fabric Softener”


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  1. the scents are wonderful. In fact my husbands friend told him ..don’t take this the wrong way..but your clothes smell really fresh in the garage…my husband had to tell me…so they do smell really fresh.

  2. Linda M Groves

    what does the “Crunchy” mean? I’d really like to know.
    Enjoyed reading you article for the first time today!
    We are seniors living in Hawaii where everything is 30 to 40 % higher due to shipping costs ( so they say). Our grocery store do not take /use “COUPONS” In fact there are NO
    Coupons in the papers!
    They don’t offer or take food coupons at grocery stores except one or twice a year.

    Our healthcare just doubled this week for less coverage because we were dropped like a hot potato ( cancelled by United Health Care/ AARP) We need to substitute some of our daily things. Mahalo (thank you) for the tips.

  3. Thank you for being brutally honest about your results. I tire of seeing bloggers make claims that just aren’t true. I’ve spent far too much money experimenting with what women write about and it’s frustrating, to say the least.

    If you’d like a natural scent to your clothes, you can make a sachet with essential oils and hang it in the closet and place it in a drawer. The scent won’t stay with your clothes all day, but they will be there when you get dressed and put laundry away. :)

  4. Kristie Schulz

    I am just wondering why not use the vinegar and water recipe in the rinse cycle of the washing machine and then do a essential oil and water mix to spray in the dryer? My reasoning is for the most part I have noticed that the vinegar takes away the scents I am spending money on so use it in the rinse cycle and add the other one to the dryer. That way you get your clothes softened and you also get rid of the dirt and grime and then take care of freshening them with a spray of the essential oils and water to the dryer. Do you think this will work? I am new to this so I am still experimenting.

  5. louise

    I’ve tried the “oil and vinegar” fabric softener spray and I still end up with vinegar-y smelling clothes. I’ve tried mixes of oils, and I’ve dried the clothes thoroughly, but still….vinegar. Am I doing it wrong? (I don’t see how, though!) Guess I’m going to have to get my own set of balls now and see how those work….Love your writing style!

    • Cathrin

      I would use vinegar in the liquid softener compartment of your WASHER. It will soften your clothes and leave only the mildest scent of vinegar when transferring to the dryer (because the vinegar will have been rinsed out by your washer). The scent of vinegar will be gone by the time your clothes are dry. If you are trying to add a scent to your clean clothes, you could try what I’m going to — a sealed container filled with dryer sheet sized cloths (cut up sheets/rags/etc.), water, and essential oils. Add a wet cloth to every load as though it were a dryer sheet. Replace water/oils mixture as needed.

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  7. Adina

    Someone told me that vinegar makes your clothes soft because it is breaking down the fabric – are you able to confirm or deny this claim? I’ve also read about using epsom salt or rock salt to make fabric softener crystals. At the same time, I’ve read that I can make my shirts vintage soft by soaking them in salt water or running salt through a wash cycle… doesn’t this mean the salt is breaking down the fabric to make it softer? Are vinegar and salt really okay for your clothes long term? Thanks so much! :)

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  11. Allie

    I bought a pair of spikey balls at Walmart. They are sold in the laundry section, for the purpose of fabric softening. The balls go in the dryer with the laundry, and it comes out so soft, I can’t believe there’s no fabric softener. I’ve since learned I can get the same results with tennis-sized balls of crumpled aluminum foil.

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