Ok, first off, I love fabric softener and feel it’s a necessity 90% of the time. I get extreme static electricity, to the point where I hate touching anything metal in my office (yikes, sparks fly!)
But in my Year of Zero … it’s not really on my necessity list at the current prices I see, even my Kirkland brand, (very compatible to Downy, by the way)
so when I saw this, I though, heh, what the heck, lets give it a try with some of the stuff I have left. Oh, and don’t come back and yell at me if you spend 3 hours browsing that site!
Anyways … this is super easy. I’m on my 2nd round (and the 2nd time, I made it even easier!)
Pour a little bit of liquid fabric softener into a container such as a bowl or other large, round open dish.
I used a tall deli type container. Dummy me, should have used a shorter dish to make it easier to get the whole cloth in!
Take an old washcloth, or even a torn up towel, I’m thinking even one of them bad stray socks that everyone holds out for the mate to come back … and push it down in to the softener. Turn it over and move it around so it soaks up the liquid.
Hang cloth to dry. Once dry you are ready to use for about 12 loads or so. I can’t guarantee the number, because I’m really bad at keeping a running count on the number of loads I wash a week, but this is the general number that all the other sites I’ve visited say.
To use: simply toss in dryer when you dry your clothes. Woohoo. That’s pretty dang easy!
So first, I had an old red washcloth that I was going to use. Fortunately, the little light bulb came on BEFORE I did that. Use a white or light colored item to prevent any possibility of color bleed!
Do this the night before you are going to want to use. I did it in the morning and then started laundry. Ummm, you shouldn’t use the cloth when it’s still wet although some sites say to. I think that would create stains on the clothing if WET fabric softener touches clothing that’s not soaking in water. I don’t know, but that just seems to be something I can remember from my laundry beginner days.
I didn’t soak mine in the stuff as I didn’t want to have to wring out the cloth (hard on my hands, and well, that just seemed excessive anyways), so you can see that the fabric softener is really just kind of here and there. So far it seems to be sufficient
but I may add a bit more next time I do it to see how much ‘softer’ the clothes get.
The second time I did this (after the first one wore off) I just poured some right in the middle of the cloth, worked it in and then hung to dry for a day or so. Much easier and way less mess! I’m opting for this way in the future. You know me, I’m always looking for a short cut and reduction of cost!