If you’ve read any of the entries on this blog, you know that I am a fan of homemade laundry detergent. In an attempt to further experiment with environmentally friendly laundry products, I took it one step further and tried using the all natural laundry softener of adding distilled vinegar to the softener cycle to soften my clothes.
In all honesty, it worked okay, but I guess I’ve been too programmed by the media to want really soft fresh smelling laundry (especially towels). I stuck with it for a while, but realized I wasn’t really satisfied with the way my laundry was feeling and smelling. So, much to my chagrin, I acquiesced and purchased my old favorite laundry softener.
I was surprised, however, to find that using full-strength softener was too much for my senses. After all, I survived for a couple of months without the springtime fresh smell and realized that although the smell was pleasant, it was too strong. So, I diluted my fabric softener with water.
Pleased with this discovery, I went out and bought a large water dispenser and filled it half with water and the other half with softener. The dispenser is sitting on top of the washing machine. Just in case anyone else in the family decides to wash clothes, the softer is there and ready to go (Who am I kidding? No one else is going to wash anything!)
I tried roughing it for a while (no pun intended). In the long run, I realized I was perfectly fine with the homemade laundry detergent, but needed a little help from traditional fabric softener manufacturers to get my towels fluffy and smelling good.
Well, at least I’m spending half as much as I used to spend on fabric softener and it’s going twice as far (a small consolation).