First off I just want to clarify that this is not an original recipe and it can be found all over Pinterest, but that still does not mean this is not the best DIY fabric softener ever! If anything it just lets you know that it is a great recipe and you should give it a try.
I first heard about it from one of my husband's co-workers. The idea of using conditioner in my fabric softener was completely foreign to me, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to give it a try especially after how she told me how wonderful her clothes smelled.
I must warn you though that this is not necessarily a "green" friendly recipe and if your skin suffers from fragrances than I would probably steer clear of this recipe or replace the conditioner with a more environmentally friendly and naturally scented one. Or if you would still like an inexpensive and green option check out my old post DIY Fabric Softener and Sheets. But, I love how inexpensive the Suave brand is, making this a really thrifty DIY as well as superbly smelling!
After using one batch I was hooked and don't think I'll go back. Before I was using only white vinegar sometimes adding a little Lavender Essential Oil . That worked just fine, but I love how soft and lovely my clothes smell after using this enhanced softener.
Fabric Softener Recipe
(adapted from Katie J Gibson)
1 12oz bottle of Suave conditioner
3 cups of vinegar
6 cups of warm/heated water
Warm your water in a pot. Whisk in the conditioner. Once cooled add the vinegar and store in a pourable container (I used an old vinegar container).
Check out Katie J Gibson for more pictures and directions in making the softener. I happened to forget the recipe that my husband's co-worker gave me, but I know that this is similar if not exactly the same and besides Katie's pictures are really nice!
Do you think you'll give this recipe a try?