3 c. distilled white vinegar
15-20 drops essential oil
¼ c. rubbing alcohol
2 TBS. dried herbs (optional)
Pour the vinegar in a quart-size mason jar, followed by the essential oil, and then the rubbing alcohol to emulsify. I use lavender essential oil, because it's calming and soothing and I love the scent. Lavender oil is antibacterial - so is orange, lemon, peppermint, and tea tree. I also add a few dried lavender buds, but this is just to infuse a little more goodness, so it's completely unnecessary! It also looks pretty if you're giving it as a gift.
Did you know vinegar not only softens laundry, it removes soap residue from your clothes, eliminates static cling, and makes towels more absorbant? Vinegar is also perfect to use if you have hard water (85% of America does) because it will soften it.
Just throw in half a capful (mason jar lid) in the fabric softener or rinse compartment, and fill it up the rest of the way with water. It cost about $1.50 to make the entire jar - for me that averages out to about 5¢ per load! You probably already have all the ingredients on hand, so make your next go green step this fabric softener!