Well once again I was getting creative. I had planned to make my own fabric softener for the simple reason I could not get the cost low enough to suit my budget. I would buy it on sale and with a coupon still couldn’t get it below .05 a load.
Every recipe I looked at had to do four things
- Ingredients I had on hand or could get cheaply
- Nothing to set off my or my son’s asthma
- No huge amount of ingredients or equipment needed or time.
- MUST BE HE SAFE…I have a front load machine and its brand new.
So I started looking for recipes I might like. Next I looked at the ingredients and decided I would do this without any coupons to see a true cost of making this product.
So that anyone could make it and could repeat this anytime without worrying about a coupon. Mind you it would reduce this cost considerably. Plus let’s face it most couponers have samples or stock they could take from to do this and reduce the cost significantly.
I specifically went out and purchased a conditioner and vinegar just to make this and prove the true cost.
Hair Conditioner Fabric Softener
2 cups hair conditioner(I found a lovely kiwi-lime for just this recipe)
3 cups distilled vinegar (weirdly enough bought at Deals for you in Miramichi)
6 cups warm water
Mix first two then add in the water. I used an old vinegar bottle I had saved for this purpose.
$1.14 for Conditioner (had I used my samples I would of made this a lot cheaper I have 18 or coupons)
$0.54 for vinegar (2.89 for 4liters)
$0.00 for water
= $1.68 for 44 loads equal .038 cents per load.
I rounded it up to .04 cents per load and that for me is a bargain in itself. I redid calculations using a coupon with conditioner i got for .82 with taxes and got it for .03 a load.
Took me less than 10 minutes to measure shake and mix plus label. I use ¼ cup per load. I have an old measuring cup from fabric softener I bought at a membership store and
found out their line 3 is the same amount. If you have hard water add ¼ extra vinegar to this solution.
After a week of using this recipe there is no difference. If anything my clothes seem softer. Even the jeans. I will definitely be using this recipe from here on out. Next time using coupons and samples to see how much cheaper I can make this. I know I can do it for less. You can make some major savings with making your own.
Thanks for listening