by Zoe (England)
Using white vinegar as a homemade laundry softener is one of my best Eco friendly and money saving choices. I live in a hard water area and just to keep my washing machine in good working order I have to add water softener tablets as well as my usual laundry softener to each wash (this being mainly due to lime scale build up in hard water areas).
Substituting your laundry softeners with a 1/4 cup or a 1/2 cup of vinegar in the laundry softener dispenser will give really soft, and best of all iron free clothes. As well as stopping lime scale build up and keeping your washing machine working longer, and just in case you were wondering… no your clothes will not smell of vinegar!
If you’re looking to save some money and don’t want to substitute your laundry softener, then try this simple and very affective method.
Pour your laundry softener into a wide neck container, (big enough to get your hand inside). Then take a small sponge, cut it in half and place them in the laundry softener. Then when you put your laundry in the dryer give the sponges a good squeeze and pop them in with the laundry.
When the laundry’s finished put the sponges back in the softener ready for your next wash.
I call this my ever lasting laundry softener 😉