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Easy Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe With Baking Soda

Easy Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe With Baking Soda

Simple DIY Homemade Fabric Softener

Here is a little homemade fabric softener recipe I found that is incredibly easy, and takes no time at all.  I can’t stand it when clothes come out of the wash and when they dry they feel all stiff, or crunchy, or rough, or pretty much any way that isn’t soft and pleasant.  I also can’t stand the way that most fabric softeners smell, and I get weirded out by their strange sticky texture.  I don’t know what they are made out of, but I’m pretty sure I don’t want it on my body.  Baking soda is a great option to soften fabric for those who have sensitive skin since it is a natural mineral.

As you probably know, baking soda has about a million uses for cleaning, cooking, and personal hygiene.  Surprise, it works great as a diy natural fabric softener too.  Baking soda fabric softener will also help to further fight odor, ensuring that your clothes come out smelling extra clean and fresh.

Time: 1 minute

– Ingredients –

Homemade Shampoo with Baking SodaHere are the ingredients you’ll need, it’s a big list:

Just kidding!

– The Only Step –

1/2 cup baking soda

Just pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into your washing machine while it is on the rinse cycle.  That’s it.

By pouring it in at this time you are coming in after the detergent has done its work and is now being rinsed away.

– Why Does This Work? –

Essentially the baking soda is coming in after the detergent to restore order within your washing machine.  Baking soda works great as a fabric softener because it helps regulate pH levels within the washing machine.  Baking soda will prevent the load from being either too acidic or alkaline (from what I’ve read).

Baking soda is much better than store bought fabric softener because it contains no harsh chemicals that can be harmful to you, and to the environment.  For that reason using a baking soda fabric softener is an especially good option for people with sensitive skin or allergies.

– Does Homemade Fabric Softener Work? –

In my experience using baking soda as a fabric softener does work.   I love that you can just use baking soda to soften your laundry without having to use any sort of chemicals, or adding any strong smells to you laundry.

I’ve noticed that my clothes do come out softer than if I don’t use any fabric softener.  I washed identical towels with and without baking soda added in during the rinse cycle.  The towels with the baking soda were noticeably softer than their baking soda free brethren.

Personally, I don’t really need all of my laundry to be washed with some form of fabric softener, but when I do want something to come out of the wash as soft as possible I’ll keep on using it as my go to fabric softener until I find a better alternative, if one does exist.  You can read a full list of homemade fabric softeners for other great softening options.

Let me know how baking soda works as a fabric softener for you, or if you’ve got another alternative that works great for you in the comments.


Easy Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe With Baking Soda

homemade fabric softener

How to make your own homemade fabric softener with only baking soda.

Prep Time 1 minute
Active Time 3 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes


  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda


  • Washing Machine


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Thursday 16th of June 2022

So you put the baking soda where you would usually put the laundry softener?

Susie Hodge

Friday 29th of April 2022

I live in an apartment complex and use the tenant's laundry room. The soap dispenser drawer in the washing machine has sections for detergent, bleach and fabric softener. The machine cannot be opened once the cycles have begun. Powdered detergent may not be used, so I assume Baking Soda cannot be sprinkled into the fabric softener section of the soap dispenser drawer. Do you think mixing the soda with water would produce satisfactory results? Thanks so much!

Tamara Alexander

Saturday 10th of April 2021

I haven't used it yet will let you know how it worked.


Saturday 2nd of January 2021

I have been adding a couple of drops of essential oil with the bicarbonate on the rinse cycle and this gives it a lovely smell


Thursday 19th of March 2020

How to use baking soda as softener for front loading? Which compartment to put?

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