About half a gallon
• 6 cups water
• 3 cups white vinegar
• 2 cups hair conditioner (I found some AWESOME smelling VO5 conditioner on sale for 75 cents. I, therefore, did not need the essential oils for fragrance)
• ½ cup baking soda
• Essential oils for fragrance
1. Mix water, baking soda, and hair conditioner in a 1 gallon container (NOTE: I used a 12 quart utility tub and it barely contained the fizzing that resulted by adding the vinegar. I poured it into an empty fabric softener bottle after the fizzing settled down.); stir. Do not shake it; it will cause foaming. Slowly add vinegar it will begin to fizz. For fragrance add Essential oils.
2. Use ¼ cup in the rinse cycle or spritz it on a wash cloth and throw in dryer. Fabric softener can also be put in a Downy ball. Shake before using to make sure baking soda hasn’t settled at the bottom of container. Baking soda can be left out of the recipe.
NOTE: I use vinegar in the fabric softener compartment in the summer time...It does not linger in the clothes. Leaves them nice and fresh! So, don't worry about the vinegar -- it will be juuuuuust fine! In fact, there is no vinegar smell what-so-ever to the batch I made. ;)
Here are a couple of pics of my personal experience of making a batch using this recipe.
See commentary below the pictures.
|Thanks to Szarka for providing the screen capture!|