the Do I Really Need This? series #1 (saving money by rethinking common purchases)
|April 7, 2012||Posted by thecheapskatemom under cleaning, diy, ecofriendlykitchen, environment, frugalphilosophy, home, household, lifestyle|
Fabric Softener….. Ok, ok. Soft clothes rock. I love them as much as you and I am by no means suggesting you go through life without soft clothes. That being said, I am suggesting you go through life without buying fabric softener. I know. It was a stretch for me too.
Why should I stop buying fabric softener?, you ask!
Well, you could just google “fabric softener” + cancer. Not to be scary, but there is a lot of negative information out there about all those chemicals we drench our clothes in and then wear those chemicals. So there’s the health issue, which is a pretty big reason in my book. Ok, but where is the frugal spin? Fabric Softener is kinda costly – ranging from $3 to $6 a box of sheets – a little less for liquid.
You said I could still have soft clothes since soft clothes rock. But without fabric softener, how do I do that????
One word. One simple little word. Vinegar. I buy 1.5 gallons at Wal Mart for 2.79. I use about 1/4 a cup per small/average size load. My clothes have never felt softer. And to answer the elephant in the room question – my clothes never ever smell like vinegar. They are just really soft. And so, if you’re not on an extreme budget ( unlike me ) – you could even use all that extra moola you end up saving to buy a really soft new sweater. Hmmmmmm……
I actually find that vinegar helps my towels absorb better and I never have an issue with musty towel smell which I totally hate.
Try it and please do et me know what you think.