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The Hard Truth About Fabric Softener

Pinterest fabric softenerWe’ve all seen DIY laundry hacks on Pinterest for making your own detergent, but have you seen the ones for fabric softener? It seems pretty straightforward, with many tutorials calling for nothing but white vinegar, hair conditioner and water. Not only is that a great money saver, but as CraftFail reader Lindsay noted, it’s the perfect Pinterest project when you’re in a laundry pinch.

I ran out of fabric softener, and since I had all the ingredients on hand to make my own I decided to try it. Not only did it not soften my clothes, I think it made them less soft than using no fabric softener at all. The towels feel like… sand paper on your skin. My daughters pajamas feel heavy and like the soap didn’t completely rinse out. I am having to rewash everything I washed with this stuff, after going to the store and picking up a bottle of Downy. You’d think after the failed make your own dishwasher soap I would stop trusting Pinterest cleaning recipes.

So, in case you’d never been adequately warned about Pinterest’s fickle believability – PINNER BEWARE! Unless you like re-washing laundry (and dishes, apparently) you might want to think twice about trying this one.

What about you – have you ever tried one of the DIY detergents or fabric softeners? Did it work for you?

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One Response to The Hard Truth About Fabric Softener

  1. June K says:

    For what it’s worth I have tried the DIY fabric softener and I thought it worked fine. My clothes were soft and didn’t feel like there was still soap or residue on them.

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