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Homemade Fabric Softener Homemade Dryer Sheets

Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe

Homemade fabric softener and homemade dryer sheets have no strong chemical scents like store brands. Their light, natural smell is awesome!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 1 gallon
Author Betsy Jabs



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

Top-Loading Washers

  1. Use a ½ cup for small or average loads and ⅔ cup for large loads.

For HE Washers

  1. Use ¼ cup for small or average loads and ⅓ cup for large loads.


Once dry you will not smell the vinegar from 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.