It was only a matter of time after making my own laundry soap that I would make fabric softener! I have always used the dryer sheets because any liquid that I tried would irritate my skin. So in my recent efforts to DIY practically everything I can think of I wanted to check out my options with fabric softener.
OnTip Nutthere is a great list of different ways to make your own fabric softener. The one that I have heard of the most is using white vinegar. That worked okay, but my clothes weren't all that soft. After a few tries, here is the recipe that I like the most.
2 cups of hair conditioner (I used a 15oz bottle) 3 cups white vinegar 6 cups hot water
Mix all the ingredients together by slowly stirring until the conditioner clumps are gone and the mixture is smooth. This will take a few minutes and a whole bunch of patience. I used a funnel to pour it into my old fabric softener dispenser. It made more than my container could hold so I had to store the rest in another bottle.
I suggest cutting the recipe in half the first time you do it just to make sure it works well for you. I used the Suave conditioner Waterfall Mist, which was hypoallergenic. I have washed several loads of laundry using this mix and have had no skin irritation at all. I have even used it on my kids clothes, whom all have eczema and sensitive skin. You can barely smell the scent when the clothes are done, but I think I will still try a lavendar conditioner next time.