Hey all! I’m just popping in on this manic Monday (yes it’s 10:12 and so far I’ve made two trips to the diaper sprayer, haven’t eaten breakfast, haven’t brushed my teeth, and am still in my night clothes) with a little tip I stumbled upon months ago involving fabric softener. Do you use fabric softener? I do and love it. My mom used it on our laundry while I grew up and so it’s just become a staple in the laundry room for us. However, if you’re like me and love the soft, aromatic goodness it breathes into your wardrobe and towels, you might be using more than you need. I was and here’s how I found out on accident.
One day last spring I was doing laundry and realized I was down to just a couple of loads worth of softener. I wasn’t about to pick up the twins and go out to grab some so I diluted what I had with water – 1 part water to 1 part softener – and used the same amount for each load as I normally did (the minimum fill line on our washing machine or about 3/4 cap full in case you’re curious). Guess what? Our laundry came out smelling just as good and was just as soft had I used the regular, non-diluted potion! So now whenever I buy fabric softener, I refill an old softener bottle with half the new softener and half water. So basically I get double the amount of softener.
A few months after my discovery, I scored some of my favorite softener – Snuggle in the yellow bottle – on clearance at Wal-Mart so I scooped up four bottles. So technically I got eight bottles considering I dilute them. How awesome is that?! I’ve had them for about six months now and am only on the the first half of bottle #2.
So, if you’re a die-hard fabric softener fan like me, try diluting yours and saving some moolah! I’ve only tried it with Snuggle so I can’t speak for other brands but if you use something else and try it, let me know how it works!
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P.S. I might also mention that I’ve also tried vinegar as a fabric softener since I’ve heard lots of “green” talk about how it works but I found it lacking. You not only lose the good smell but I didn’t think it softened our clothes much at all. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we have hard water but either way, not a fan of vinegar substituting the store-bought stuff.
P.P.S. Also, we use fabric softener over dryer sheets. I’ve heard that dryer sheets leave a film on your dryer filter over time, causing a fire hazard, and so you need to clean your filter every so often. I’m not aware of any bad effects fabric softener has on a washer…