Author Jean Morrison
Make your own fabric softener
Don't we all like soft towels! And even better if they smell of lavender or jasmine!
Fabric softeners do their job by coating the surface of the cloth fibres with a thin layer of chemicals. Those chemicals have lubricant properties and they are electrically conductive. This means they prevent a build-up of static electricity, at the same time making the fibres feel smoother.
Fabric softeners also tend to create an increased resistance to staining and they reduce wrinkling hence making our ironing job easier. Plus they make our washing smell lovely. No wonder we have fallen in love with them.
However, they have a tendency to decrease water absorption so there can be problems with those items where we want fluid to be absorbed such as in nappies and in towels.
So, in fabric softeners, we have chemicals to make the fabric feel smoother, we have chemicals to create a nice smell, more chemicals to create an appealing product colour and a few more added in to aid fluid absorption. These chemicals can be highly toxic just in their own rights without being mixed in together to create an even more toxic cocktail. Who in their right mind would want to use a commercial fabric softener?
Let's get down to something constructive and make a non-toxic fabric softener. Grab the ingredients out of your pantry.....
Make your own fabric softener:
Instructions & Method
Quantities can be adjusted up or down according to the size of your wash:
Method 1: Add 1/4 - 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash cycle and/or
Method 2: Add 1/4 - 1/2 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle or alternatively
Method 3: If you have Epsom Salts then you can add a tablespoon at the beginning of the rinse cycle.
Did you know:
Prior to World War 2 almost all household cleaning was done with relatively safe ingredients commonly found in most homes. After the war there was a proliferation of petroleum-based chemicals. Ready-made cleaning products that used petroleum based chemicals began to appear and over the years we have been persuaded that we need different cleaners for different cleaning jobs in the home. Today, most people use a wide range of products custom-designed for the variety of surfaces, materials and rooms in their homes. So many are totally unnecessary.
In the past 40 years, more than 70,000 new chemicals have been released into our environment.
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