How To Save On Fabric Softener

31 Jan

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Allow me to start with a disclaimer that although, in theory this “how-to” worked, a minor detail was a total FAIL. You will see as I explain below….

Last week I posted a recipe for Homemade Liquid Laundry soap– to accompany this, I’ve also experimented with The Duggars Inexpensive Fabric Softener Recipe. Below are the easy “how-to” steps for saving money on Laundry Softener.
Materials You Will Need:
5 Gallon Bucket
Liquid Laundry Softener of your choice
Cheap Sponge

How To Save On Fabric Softener

Step 1: Dump name-brand liquid laundry softener into 5 gallon bucket.

How To Save On Fabric Softner

Step 2: Fill empty softener jug with water, pour into bucket and repeat once more (ratio 1:2)

If you have a sponge with the scrub on it, remove the scrubby first.

Step 3: Take an inexpensive Sponge and cut in half

Step 4: Leave sponges in mixture and cover. Each time you put a load of laundry in the dryer, wring one sponge out slightly and add to dryer with wet clothes.
I just keep this bucket by my dryer, covered, and use it with each dryer load.
I have tried it, I continue to use it- minus the one FAIL portion. I still can’t believe my dryer ate my sponge. I hope it doesn’t cause any permanent damage, because I sure can’t find it- it’s somewhere in the duct!

14 Responses to “How To Save On Fabric Softener”

  1. LaVonne @ Long Wait February 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    What a great tip. Thank you, this will save so much money.

    I am visiting today from WFMW, and so glad I did. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

  2. D @ The Shady Porch February 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Great idea! I bet it lasts forever too! Great $ saver! Maybe the sponge will turn up in someone’s pocket? haha! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh, boy. Oh, joy! February 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    Whew, thanks! Anything to save some dough, and this WILL come in handy!

  4. Marriage from Scratch February 3, 2012 at 4:28 am #

    OOOOO love this. I make a great laundry soap..but I needed a softener recipe!! Thanks!
    I would love it if you come by and link this up at From Scratch Friday @ Marriage from Scratch! It’s live already on the blog 


  5. Deana February 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Thats a good idea I have a HE washer and my clothes are never soft…it always rinses ALL the softener out….this should work much better than pouring it down the washer drain!…. I’d love for you to share this @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party going on now-Sunday midnight…have a wonderful weekend!

  6. 4you-withlove February 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    Stretch that dollar! Does it work well?

  7. Biz February 5, 2012 at 2:02 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing.
    I gave up on buying the fabric softner I love because of the price, but this would help us to be able to have our cake and eat it too!

  8. momto8 February 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    ha that is funny where the sponge was!! bet the sock and pillow case smelled good!!
    This seems a lot less expensive than the softener I buy..and is easy enough too..I knew there was some other way!! thanks.
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  9. Marilyn February 5, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    I can make a smaller batch, since it’s just me here and share with my daughter! Great idea.♥♫

  10. Leelee28543 February 6, 2012 at 2:59 am #

    I literally loved reading this, I needed a good laugh! I can’t wait to try it, I use vinegar as a softener it works wonderfully and IT DOES NOT SMELL. But I would love to have that smell that is a little more than your detergent since I now make my own and the scent is not as potent as I would like.

  11. Danielle February 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    I am going to be featuring this tomorrow on Blissful and Domestic. Stop by and grab a button:>


  12. Kristen Turner February 17, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I’m pinning it to try!

  13. Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor March 12, 2012 at 4:10 am #

    That is a great idea to use sponges! Thanks for sharing this as well at Thursday’s Temptation.

  14. “fail fail fail!” this is hilarious! I would have believed the dryer ate your sponge, dryers are hungry things. But glad it turned out to just be stuck somewhere else!

    I like this hint and will try to find a way to use it.

    Stopping by from the pinteresting linky party and will pin this!

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