Fabric Softener

Natural DIY Recipe


  • 3 cups Citric Acid

Optional but recommended:


  • Airtight container


  • 20-25 drops Essential Oil


1.  It is recommended to add essential oils, which you can do upfront by combining well with the citric acid. However, its often best to leave the citric acid unscented & add a few drops of essential oil as you go.
2.  Either way, store it in an airtight container.


  • Use 1-2 teaspoons per load depending on size.
  • Make sure you add it to the fabric softener compartment or directly to the rinse cycle only 
  • Safe for top & front loaders



Do I need to dissolve it in water first?

You don't normally need to as it will dissolve easily even in cold water, but you definitely can if you wish too.

Can I also use Vinegar?

Absolutely! You can use 1/4 cup of white vinegar as an alternative

What makes this work?

Its using a simple scientific principal & the power of pH.  Vinegar & Citric Acid are 'Acidic' because their pH < 7 at around 2-2.5.  Laundry Powder is an 'Alkali/Base' because its pH> 7 at around 10. When you use the acid in the rinse cycle only it will neautralise & remove any left over soap scum which causes the clothes to be stiff. It's even better than commercial Fabric Softeners as it does not cote your clothing in slime & fragrance. 

Is this safe for septic tanks?

Citric Acid & Vinegar are mild & biodegradable which should not affect the bacteria in septic tanks like harsh chemicals can.

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