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gill_didsbury



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 05 4:10 am    Post subject: recipe for fabric softner??  Reply with quote    

Hi Everyone,

Does anyone have a recipe for fabric softener please?

There must be a more natural and cheaper one around than what can be bought in the supermarkets

Thanks
Gill

ross



Joined: 07 Mar 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 05 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's an easy one...take one tablespoon of white malt vinegar...and that's it!

Don't use the brown malt vinegar as it might stain your clothes. You can buy large plastic bottles cheaply at somewhere like Makros or an Indian supermarket. And I promise your clothes won't smell of vinegar!

jema
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 05 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have always teneded to view fabric softener as a bit of a need created by the marketing machine anyway.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 05 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'll agree with the vinegar, I swapped recently to using small amounts of grated soap in the machine plus a sprinkling of washing soda if the load was grubby, and a glop of vineger in the rinse drawer. Never had such nice laundry and no chemically smells either. Lovely!

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 05 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

my boys had a bit of excema as babies and I stopped using fabric conditioner then and have never bothered since. Don't think my clothes have suffered at all.

Gervase



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 05 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Never use the stuff! If you use no more than half the recommended dosage of washing powder/liquid, you should have no need for fabric softener.

jema
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 05 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Anonymous wrote:
I'll agree with the vinegar, I swapped recently to using small amounts of grated soap in the machine plus a sprinkling of washing soda if the load was grubby, and a glop of vineger in the rinse drawer. Never had such nice laundry and no chemically smells either. Lovely!


Washing just gone on, with that concoction, albeit with spicy vinegar

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 05 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

could you mix essential oils with the vinegar? I expect you'd have to shake the bottle (or a load of chemical emulsifiers) but we can live with that, can't we.

White malt vinegar on shopping list, along with rennet and salt pertre!

judyofthewoods



Joined: 29 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 05 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I actually prefer the crispness of freshly washed things, especially when they are dried on the line in the fresh air.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 05 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

5% fabric softner base
94.8% warm / hot water
0.2% formalin
dye and perfume if required

Róisín



Joined: 30 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 05 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I haven't a clue about vinegars. Would white wine vinegar (what I have in my cupboard) do the job? What about cider vinegar? (lol would I smell like an apple... )

judith



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 05 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

White wine or cider vinegar would be fine - I can't see anything wrong with smelling a bit appley! It is just a bit expensive. I can buy a 5 litre container of generic white vinegar for about £1, so I'd rather use that for washing than my posh organic cider vinegar. Save that for your salads!

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 05 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I forgot! I did try putting essential oils in the vinegar, and though I personally wouldn't bother with it just for softening (or with fabric softener, actually!) for dissolving the oils in so my clothes and linen smells lovely, its worth it. Smells gorgeous, even my air dried stuff (i've been using lavener oil in the tumbler for ages, but this is a good way to get it into everything, especially as I tumble less and less these days!)

kdna
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 05 9:29 am    Post subject: Softer Pigs Reply with quote    

Hey all, Kdna from South Australia here. Did you know that supermarket fabric softner is made from Pigs Fat? It is really bad for your washine machine and clothes and the recipes for home made stuff are much better and don't do either your washine machine or clothes any damage.
Next time you look at fabric softner you will realise how oily it looks. You may aswell wash your clothes using dripping!!!
Stick with the homemade stuff and you not only looking after your white goods and clothes but the environment and animals too.

nettie



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Location: Suffolk
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 05 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi kdna, thanks for that, nice to see you! How about registering here? You would be our 700th member

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