• Herbal Homemade Fabric Softener

    May 10, 2018 • CLEAN, DIY RECIPES, LIFE

    Do you miss fabric softener since switching to a natural laundry detergent, like Soapberries? Did you know you can actually make your own homemade fabric softener using just a few, simple ingredients?

    Our tried and tested homemade fabric softener will leave your washing feeling softer than what it would if you dried it without some sort of softener, but won’t leave it smelling like an artificial ‘ocean breeze’, or leave behind that strange chemical softness that dryer sheets do.

    So here’s how to make it.

    Herbal Homemade Fabric Softener | Green Cleaning | Biome Eco Stores

    Herbal Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe


    • 1 litre white vinegar
    • Large handful of fresh rosemary, thyme and sage leaves
    • Large glass jar with a non metallic lid
    • Glass bottle with a non-metallic lid for storing (we used this one)
    • Strainer or sieve


    1. Put the herbs into the large glass jar and pour in the vinegar until almost full. Ensure the herbs are fully submerged. Place the lid on and let the herbs infuse for at least 24 hours. For a stronger infusion leave for 48 hours. Shake occasionally.
    2. When the infusion is complete, strain well using a fine sieve. Ensure there is no remaining residue.
    3. Pour your fabric softener into your choice of container. It’s now ready to use.

    *Note: If your bottles/containers do have metallic lids (like most mason jars), you can place a sheet of baking paper in between the glass and lid before sealing. This will stop the vinegar corroding the steel lid and potentially contaminating your fabric softener.

    For this recipe, it’s best to use fresh herbs, not dried. Avoid using petals and herbs that will colour the vinegar (like lavender, rose, etc) as these may stain clothes. The herbs we’ve selected will not colour the vinegar.

    How to Use

    Add 1/4 cup of infused vinegar to the washing machine fabric softener dispenser. The vinegar will be dispensed during the rinse cycle.


    As with all our DIY recipes, you can experiment to suit your preferences. Many factors can change the end result, including temperature, humidity, light, ingredient quality. Some DIYs can be amended by remelting or adding ingredients, but some cannot. Please read the whole recipe before beginning and remember to have fun!

    Biome cannot issue a refund if the DIY skin care product, DIY hair care product or DIY body care product you make using our raw DIY ingredients do not perform as you’d hoped. We will, however, offer a refund if the raw DIY ingredient packaging is broken or leaking, or the ingredient itself appears to be ‘off’.

    Before using any raw DIY ingredient for the first time, please first research that ingredient’s potential benefits as well as safety precautions and possible side effects. Check with your medical professional if you have any concerns.

    If you have severe acne, very sensitive skin, or another skin concern or health condition, we recommend seeking medical advice before using any new product on your skin, whether that be a raw ingredient, a DIY product you’ve made yourself, or commercially formulated product.

    Please exercise caution when using essential oils. If you are pregnant or have any kind of health or skin condition, we recommend you speak to your doctor before use. Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids, so use in moderation. Pure essential oils should never be used directly on the skin and should never be ingested. When using an essential oil for the first time, do a skin patch test. Each essential oil is unique and may not be suited to everyone. Please research potential benefits as well as safety precautions before using any essential oil. Some essential oils may interfere with medication. Check with your medical professional if you have any concerns.

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    At Biome’s Naked Beauty BarTM, you will find all of the beautiful raw ingredients you need to make your own natural skin care and cleaning products. These ingredients are available in convenient reusable glass jars, and in bulk from our Indooroopilly and Balmoral stores.

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