I've read all sorts of advice and tips regarding "DIY fabric softener"
- vinegar, bicarb soda, borax, lemon essence, just to name a few.
From all the different things I've read, I have no idea what works and
If anyone has tried using any homemade/DIY fabric softener that truly
works for clothes HUNG OUTDOORS (as opposed to simply a fragrance
additive), I'd like to hear about it. While adding something like
lemon essence may give fabrics a really nice smell, I doubt it will do
much to soften the fabric. What I'd also like to know is how fabric
softener actually works (i.e. how it softens fabrics).
How very nice to see some life in a.h.c.
Many in this group have sworn by vinegar. Myself, if I want soft washing, I
use my relations water, they live five miles away but have a different water
provider. I never need conditioner there. At my home the water is so hard
the washing is stiff as a board despite all sorts of conditioners being
tried. When the washing is dry a hot iron will soften it - as long as the
material is suitable.
Why not invest in a good water softener? We have a Ecowater brand 3500
series and it's wonderful. The dishwasher and washing machine require far
less soap to perform their duties as well. Showers are shorter and cheap
garbage soap lathers quite well with softened water.
Our water is 25 hardness. No more deposits when you boil water for your
I don't know anyone who has a 'proper' ***water softener dear, they are not
too popular hereabouts, I am not sure why not. I don't have a dishwasher and
my washing machine uses automatic liquid or powder so no bubbles anyway. I
also don't have a shower! Oh dear, you must think I am from a backward
country. A handful of soda in the bath or a bath bomb works wonders - I HAVE
invested in a mixer tap so hair washing is not such a problem. I think the
hard water is healthier? It certainly tastes a lot different to the water
across town, the tea there is awful, almost soapy. I am aware Yorkshire Tea
makes tea bags specifically for hard OR soft water so I must try them out.
I mostly steam my veg - if I can be bothered to cook these days. I do see a
bit of white in the under pan sometimes but that rinses out. I don't know
how to measure my water hardness, it would be interesting to see what it is.
I have seen adverts for a wrap around the pipe coil that is supposed to
remove limescale and soften the water but as yet have not found anyone that
can vouch for that type of system.
The orginal topic for this was fabric softener so I simply raved about a
water softener in that context. There are differening debates about the
health of water softeners but that doesn't fit into the topic of softer
I swear by water softeners for washing of clothing, and showering/bathing.
It's simply much easier on clothes and skin and require far less soap and
lathering to accomplish cleaning.
I'm in north Halton area of Ontario Canada. Most people here have water
And no I \don't think you are from a backward country (or County even...)
In modern countries, we pour soda into a cup, stir in cherry syrup, add
ice, and drink through a straw. If you try it, I'm sure you'll quit
drinking it by the handful or using it to bathe or wash your hair.
Alas, I don't find vinegar to be a softening agent, but the water here
is also quite hard. They do say it has disinfectant properties as well,
which seems unlikely. Perhaps they own stock in the major vinegar-making
All of my family members live farther away. I have moved myself closer
and, oddly, they move as well, always farther.
Oooh, my relations simply refuse to do it. Even when I ask nicely, they
bring out maps and such, and soon they're off to yet another
residence... need I say even more distant?
Ironing just isn't my cup of tea, and you are most fortunate to have a
kind and generous family.
In fact, would you believe my second cousin thrice-removed -- well never
mind. That's for another forum.
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