Saturday, May 2, 2009

"Fabric Softener"

More brilliance. If you have a fabric softener dispenser on your machine then this is super easy. If you don't you can use a downy ball etc...or, if you have nothing better to do =) you can just manually add it to the rinse cycle. =) You will use this INSTEAD of fabric softener or Fabric Softener sheets.

1/4 to 1/2 Cup White Vinegar.

I promise your clothes will not smell like Vinegar. It helps soften your fabrics and remove soap reside naturally. =) Awesome. Just DO NOT use bleach in the same load as Vinegar.

Not only is this all natural and CHEAP but, it may help extend the life of your dryer as well. When we bought our new HE machines from Sears they recommended we not use dryer sheets. Apparently they can get wrapped up in 'something' (I am a mom of very little brain and can't remember what) and cause the motor to burn and possibly even a house fire!!! What?!?

I have used Vinegar for a long time in laundry. I started when I had the kids in cloth diapers and I used it in them and LOVED it. Yes, I am THAT mom. What? *wink*

If you can find your vinegar in a big jug it is cheaper that way and you won't have buy it very often. I know Costco has a huge jug for something like $2??? I think. I'll report back on Monday after my Costco trip.

So, there you have it. All natural, all wallet friendly laundry, all the time. Oh yeah. *snort*


Anonymous said...

wait, huh? whats a downy ball? otherwise just poor it in the washing machine towards the end?

FoxFamilyFive said...

Here's the link to the Downy ball. You put the vinegar or fabric softener in it and pull the little rubber stopper up to 'close' it. Then you toss it in the washing machine when you start it. Somehow, little magical faeries get IN your washing machine (much harder to do on an HE machine, thus proving it HAS to be faeries of some sort) and pop it open to dispense the product at the right point in the cycle...ish. =)

I'll add a link to the post as well. =)