It’s time for my next big laundry secret! This one came about because I hate the cost of buying fabric softener and my husband hates having towels and his clothes not softened. So after trying many variations of cheaper ways to soften clothes (like super generic softener, dryer balls, vinegar, bubble bath, etc.) I found the perfect way to achieve both softness and frugality! So here’s my secret…
What You Need
- One large sponge, cut into thirds or 3 small sponges (Dollar Tree is great for these)
- Plastic bowl with lid that will fit your sponges (Dollar Tree is great for this)
- Fabric Softener (I use coupons + sales to buy brand name – and it lasts so long I don’t mind the price)
How You Do It
- Pour fabric softener into the bowl – use the lid to measure or just pour until your bowl is about a quarter of the way full.
- Add water until the bowl is at least halfway full.
- Place your sponges in the bowl.
- When they have soaked up some of the softener/water mixture, toss them in the dryer with your laundry. If it’s dripping with softener mixture, you can wring it out a bit – it should be wet, but not dripping.
- After the load is dried, put the sponge back in the bowl where it can soak up some more. Having more than one sponge helps to always have one when you need to put a new load in because sometimes they hide in the clothes.
Note: You should be able to use the same bowl of softener for several loads. I use 3 sponges and I refill my bowl every 3 weeks or so. I started doing this method in March and have yet to buy more softener!
It’s a super easy DIY, it’s cheap AND your clothes come out softened and static-free, the best of both worlds! This method has worked better than any of the previous I’ve tried. I do sometimes still use the dryer balls, but only in combination with the sponges. I hope you enjoy!
Latest posts by Joanna (see all)
- Take Your Computer to the Next Level: Set Up Virtual Machines - July 25, 2016
- Mother’s Musings: What I Want for My Sons - June 14, 2016
- 14 Necessities to Prep Your Summer Car Emergency Kit - May 4, 2016