Originally Posted by ktlove
By searching the internet I have found recipes for homemade fabric softener, but this is liquid for the washing machine, and I am looking for softener for the drier.
Then I was able to find "homemade fabric softener sheets" but its really just a sponge or rag spritzed with bottled fabric softener from the store, so, not homemade at all, I cant even figure how that could even be cost effective at all, since the liquid softener sold at stores costs more than the sheets.
Anyhow, the fabric softener recipe for the wash (vinegar, baking soda water and essence) can that be used with the rag or sponge method?
No mention of it anywhere!
Have you tried it?
Or do you know why it may or may not work?
I figure using the homemade laundry soap in the wash and then adding the fabric softener into the wash could really end up beating up the clothes, or maybe something worse, a big BOOM!
Clothing dried in a dryer are naturally "soft" from tumbling. * *You really don't need any softener. *If your clothes are stiff even after being dried in the dryer, then you are using WAY too much soap/detergent and perhaps need an extra rinse. *
If you've recently converted from commercial detergent and softener to homemade soap, it will take many washes to get the "gunk" out of your clothing from your old products. *The soda/vinegar/water/essence will NOT work in the dryer. *
Personally, I stay clear of softener and softener sheets, and haven't used any of them in years. *I use white (distilled) vinegar in the rinse (you don't need the soda). *Here are some vinegar tips for laundry: *http://www.vinegartips.com/laundry/
There are lots of toxins in softeners and softener sheets - even the unscented ones. *They build up a waxy coat on fabric that can actually cause fabric to become more flamable and that's what you call "soft". *It alters the fabric finish. *The "rain-fresh" smells are nothing but a cover-up. *They soften by coating the fabric with a thin layer of chemicals that isn't rinsed off. *
I rarely use the dryer. *On the few-and-far between occasions that I do use the dryer, I have a pair of dryer balls in it and they "fluff" the clothing. *http://www.asseenontv.com/prod-pages/dryer_balls.html
don't work for reducing static. * *
If you are trying to control static, you can do several things. *You can turn the heat down on the dryer and quit BAKING your clothing to death. *When the load is almost done, toss in a damp washcloth or small towel (damp with water ONLY), restart the machine for 30 seconds or so. *That will help reduce the static. *I've also filled a pump bottle with distilled water and have spritzed the contents in the dryer a few times to reduce the static. *Not enough to make things wet, but enough to decrease the static.
You said, "I figure using the homemade laundry soap in the wash and then adding the fabric softener into the wash could really end up beating up the clothes, or maybe something worse, a big BOOM!" *
I'm not exactly sure what you mean by that... *Perhaps you think there will be some kind of chemical explosion - like when you mix vinegar (an acid) and soda (an alkali) to create carbon dioxide. * Yet you've used detergents and fabric softeners and were you never concerned about the chemicals, nor any potential explosions?
About "beating" those clothes up...most people think the washing machine is savage on the clothing, but it's not so much the turbulence in the washing machines, or the clothing rubbing against each other, as the ability of highly alkaline products to dissolve clothing materials. *
Washing in warm water increases the activity of the chemical reactions in liquid and powdered detergents to the point the chemical reactions will actually cause buttons made of bone to dissolve over time. *It's the pH of liquid and powdered detergents that damages clothing more-so than the activity in the washer.