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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Frugal Friday - Fabric Softener

This week, for Frugal Friday, I'd like to share a few tips for saving money on fabric softener.

1. Dryer sheets: For starters, you simply do NOT have to buy the name brand dryer sheets. The store brands work just as well for less money. You can also stretch your pennies by cutting your dryer sheets in half thereby doubling the amount in your standard box. You won't notice a difference, trust me!

2. Liquid fabric softener: Here's how to get the most out of a bottle. You'll need a container, liquid fabric softener, water, and a couple of sponges.
In the container, mix together 1 part liquid fabric softener with 2 parts water. Drop in your sponges and store this way. Each time you run your dryer, toss in a sponge (squeeze out the excess first). I've been doing this a couple of months now and it works wonderfully!
3. Dryer Balls: I bought a pair of these at CVS months ago. I'll admit, at first I was a bit skeptical but I have to say, I've been rather impressed with these things. I go back and forth using these and the liquid fabric softener. They run about $9.99 but worth the investment especially if you're interested in getting rid of fabric softener altogether.

4. White Vinegar: I haven't tried this one yet. A friend of mine told me it's a natural fabric softener and to add it to your wash water. Anyone tried this? I'd love to hear your experience with it. I also understand it's a great rinsing agent for the dishwasher.

Well, that's it for my contribution to Frugal Friday. Head on over to Crytal's place at BiblicalWomanhood.com for more great ideas on stretching your dollars!


Julie said...

I tried the vinegar (with essential oils) fabric softener - but couldn't really tell a difference.


I've stopped using fabric softener all together.

Do the plastic balls stink when warmed in the dryer? I tried it with new tennis balls and it made my clothes and house smell like rubber.

Mom2my9 said...

Yes, yes, yes! I love the dryer balls! They don't leave a harsh chemical on my clothes and they are softened and wrinkle-free when they come out of the dryer! They're kind of hard to find, but they are worth the effort, that is is you can keep your kids from using them as outdoor balls!

Mom2my9 said...

Julie, the dryer balls don't smell at all, which is why I love them. I don't like that fake smell of fabric softener on my clothes. It irritates my sinuses. You'll love 'em!

Sherry said...

Thank you for the info on the dryer balls. I have always wondered how well they worked. I'm going to have to get some. :D

Have a great Frugal Friday!

Kaye said...

Also, please don't use the chemical stuff (sheets or liquid) on towels or infant sleepwear. here's why.

amysfinerthings said...

Thanks for the info. I'm adding the dryer balls to my wish list right now!

Jeff and Jenny said...

I only use white vinegar for my fabric softener. It's awesome! My clothes are just as fresh as they were when I spent four or five times as much money for the liquid softener. And there is no vinegar smell. Try it...you'll love it!