Home Made Fabric Softener & Hanging Clothes Out to Dry

It’s a beautiful, sunny day out and I go back to work tomorrow, so it’s a good day to get laundry done.  I’m about out of fabric softener, so it’s time to make more.  Years ago I found an easy, inexpensive way to make my own and I want to share it with you.  

First of all, you need a container to put your softener in.  I have an old fabric softener container that holds enough for 96 loads and it has an easy pour spigot on it, so I like to use that.  You’ll also need some really inexpensive, nice smelling hair conditioner, or you can use conditioner that you purchased for your hair and didn’t like.  I sometimes buy products that I think will be really good for my hair and then they don’t work like I expected, so into the fabric softener they go.  Pour about 1/2-3/4 cup conditioner into your bottle.  Fill it with water.  Put the cap on and shake well.  There you have it!  You get 96 loads of laundry conditioner for less than $0.50, which is a wonderful bargain.

Now, on to the second part of my laundry day.  It may not seem like it, but we all have solar energy at our disposal at absolutely no cost.  The sun!  I use the sun to heat the house and dry my clothes as much as possible.  As soon as the washing machine is done, I take the clothes outside to hang them to dry. You don’t have to have an actual clothesline.  I have a pergola that I strung some clothesline cord on that I use.  I hang shirts and undershirts on hangers because I think they dry nicer and don’t have “clothespin marks” on them when they’re dry.  I work in a hospital and wear scrubs, so if I’m washing those I fold the pants so I can hang them over a hanger and then hang the top with them.  When it’s time to bring in shirts and scrubs I can go straight to the closet and hang them up.  It’s super convenient!

I have a couple of clothes hangers that fold up like umbrellas, but have eight arms with two clothespins each on them.  They’re really nice for socks and underwear and I absolutely love them. I can hang all of the small things in a small space to dry and the umbrella hanger folds up nicely when I’m done.

I haven’t used my dryer in more than five years (well, once when we had visitors and they decided late at night that they needed something the next morning) and I’ve never missed it.  I enjoy hanging my clothes and sheets outside and can’t imagine ever going back to using the dryer.

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