I am one of those weird people who enjoy making the mundane tasks into pretty pleasantries. What about you? Here is another way to add "ap-peel" into your daily laundering routine. While I still love our other fabric softener recipe, this one would be the frugal counterpart as it doesn't require the use of essential oils to scent your softener. However, the aroma is just as clean and lovely!
- Once again, plain white vinegar is the foundational ingredient. It not only softens and deodorizes your clothing but it also helps to remove soap residue from your laundry. The bonus is that vinegar cleans your machine of limescale deposits if you have hard water issues like we do.
- The "romantic" items you will need is a long strip of citrus peel (just the zest, not the white pith) and a fresh sprig of herbs. The zest will add a dose of disinfectant, cleansing and fragrant properties to your wash while the herb will further sweeten the aroma of the softener. Some ideas would be a sprig of lavender, mint or basil. I am planning on trying a few fresh rose petals in my next batch when they bloom.
Place your citrus zest ribbon and herbal sprig into a clean jar or glass container. Add one quart of vinegar and let the mixture sit overnight. It is ready to use the following day. Making a weeks worth of this concoction would be perfect to keep this as a fresh and fun rinse for your laundering needs.
Visit here for our printable of fabric softener labels. The citrus ones would be perfect for this project.
Add 1/4 cup of your fabric softener to each load on your HE washer and 1/2 cup per load when using a top loader.
Warning: Do not mix with bleach in your washer.
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"All that day was such a happy time.
Laura did her washing and sprinkled and ironed the clean, fresh clothes."
~ Laura Ingalls Wilders, These Happy Golden Years
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All the fine print. This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making Mondays, Modest Mom Monday's, Monday's Musings, Make Your Home Sing Monday, Good Morning Mondays, The Scoop, Titus 2 Tuesdays, Tuesdays with a Twist, Raising Homemakers, The Homesteader Hop, Wise Woman Link Up, Homestead Blog Hop, Wow Us Wednesdays, Coffee and Conversation, Homemaking Thursdays, Home Sweet Home, Our Simple Homestead, Awesome Life Friday Link Up, Five Star Frou Frou Friday, and Shabbilicious Friday. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. This post may contain affiliate links (which are merchant links that help to support this site at no additional cost to you if you purchase an item through them). This lovely idea was inspired by Gifts from the Garden by Deborah Robertson. All Natural Citrus Fabric Softener Recipe.