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    I've heard of making "febreeze" like spray from softener, but how do you make softener? (gallon)
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    i make my own laundry detergent to, but i think there are several receipes listed for that already


    FABRIC SOFTENER


    Fabric Softener

    * 6 cups water
    * 3 cups white vinegar
    * 2 cups hair conditioner. i just use the full bottle... it's a little more than it asks for but i use it anway, lol so i'm trying to get lil bits out of bottles later

    Note: you can also just add vinegar to your wash for a plainer fabric softener.


    In washer : used 1/4 cup of it...or 1/3 c. If you have hard water use 1/3c.
    In dryer sheets : Cut dryer sheets in thirds or halves, use one strip per dryer load.
    Mix equal parts hair conditioner and water and store in spray bottle. Mist a washcloth or sponge and toss in dryer with wet load.
    Or you can
    4 TBS liquid softener
    10 TBS water

    Cut fabric sheets from old flannel pajamas or leftover flannel fabric from sewing and cut into 3″ x 5″ strips (approximately).
    Stack flannel strips in a cleaned margarine tub (large size) or plastic container (cleaned baby wipes container works well too). Mix the liquid softener and water together, then pour evenly over top of stacked flannel strips.
    Seal container and shake well.

    You can use several dozen strips with this mixture. Leave sealed for 2 or 3 days, then use one flannel strip per load–squeeze out excess if necessary (it should be just damp). Keep container sealed at all times. Wash strips after use, then use again to make another batch when needed.
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    Great tip! I always try to reuse things over to save money. I reuse the same sandwich baggies for my lunch if I am going to just take the same thing the next day. I just use the same baggie for the sandwich, same baggie for my chips or pretzels and so on. Being thrifty is the way to be, especially in this economy!
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    Instead of fabric softener for towels use a cup of white vinegar, once dry you do not smell vinegar at all. Leaves them soft and keeps them drying you like new.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DreamWarrior View Post
    Putting them in the freezer after each use helps cut down on the rusting... just put them in a small plastic bowl or cup in the door and there ya go...
    I tried this tip this past week and darned if it didn't work! Thanks for a great tip!
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    Make your own dryer sheets. The key is to use an acid, so another idea floating around the internet is to saturate a small rag with 1 teaspoon of a natural hair conditioner, and put that into the dryer as a homemade dryer sheet. (Hair conditioners are designed to return the hair and scalp to an acidic pH.)

    For softness, add vinegar to the wash. Many successfully substitute vinegar for fabric softeners. Just add cup of white distilled vinegar to the rinse water of the laundry cycle. The actual scouring of the fabric in the washing machine also softens the fabric, and the dryer fluffs the fabric even more, making fabric softeners unnecessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baragabrat View Post
    Just picked up some SOS yesterday and tried cutting in quarters...too small. But next time I will cut them in half and that should be perfect! Thanks for the tip!
    this helps sharpen your scissors at the same time!!
    I didn't know that using dryer sheets is taboo for the new front load. Guess I better read my warranty info! Well my will be out in about a month anyway. What about the bounce bar? I bought one of those on clearance a while back just never got around to putting it in yet. I hang my clothes out april thru november (weather permitting) and hang them on a clothes hanger in the house in the winter with the exception of towels and socks. So I don't use my dryer much anyway.
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    I take my dryer filter out every time I use it and tap it on the porch railing. Very amazing what all flies out of it even though it "looks" clean. I don't use dryer sheets for my towels it does build up a layer on them and they do not dry so well! I also just go half a drying cycle on my clothers. Jeans and heavy stuff I start at the highest setting and take them out mid way and let them air dry the rest! Clothers like blouses I start at mid way and let them go thru the cooling cycle so I do not have to iron them. Works great! Two loads for the price of one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    this helps sharpen your scissors at the same time!!
    I didn't know that using dryer sheets is taboo for the new front load. Guess I better read my warranty info! Well my will be out in about a month anyway. What about the bounce bar? I bought one of those on clearance a while back just never got around to putting it in yet. I hang my clothes out april thru november (weather permitting) and hang them on a clothes hanger in the house in the winter with the exception of towels and socks. So I don't use my dryer much anyway.
    I love the Bounce bar and have the new front load dryer but know nothing about the warranty.
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    I don't use dryer sheets they are a waste of money from what I can tell. I use fabric softener in my washer though. As for banging the filter on a porch - I tap mine on the front of the dryer to knock the small stuff out. If you really want to make your drier work better disconnect and clean out the exhaust line that will help 1000%.

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    Yes I clean out my exhaust hose from the dryer also. Looking for my missing socks! LOL
    And since others were talking of SOS pads. I buy the Dollar General Store brand ones and they seem to work just as well. I live in the country. So after I get my use from them I let them dry and stuff them around the pipes. I live in a double wide. Mice do not like chewing them to get inside. Works wonders!

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