Homemade Fabric Softener Homemade Dryer Sheets

Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe

Yield 1 gallon


lavender-scented softener is one of my favorites, or a combination of sweet orange and lemon when I need a pick-me-up on laundry day! A third suggestion is to use peppermint for an invigorating minty scent.


Shake well before each use and add during the start of the rinse cycle.

Top-loading washers: use a ½ cup for small or average loads and ⅔ cup for large loads.

For HE washers: use ¼ cup for small or average loads and ⅓ cup for large loads.


Once dry you will not smell this homemade fabric softener. We use the essential oils for their antibacterial properties and to help disinfect laundry. (Lavender, sweet orange, lemon, and peppermint are all antibacterial.) Essential oils like lemon and sweet orange have also been known to brighten laundry and fight stains. Feel free to leave out essential oils if you wish because vinegar is also antibacterial

Recipe by DIY Natural at