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How To Make A Scented Vinegar Fabric Softener Rinse

Tell your store-bought fabric softener to take a hike!

A few months ago I wrote a post about how to make a scented vinegar to use for cleaning. After I wrote that post, I started brainstorming some other ways I could use my fresh, citrus-y vinegar around the house.

Read More: How To Make Scented Cleaning Vinegar

I know that vinegar makes a wonderful fabric softener, so I thought about using my scented vinegar as a homemade laundry rinse. I hesitated to go for it though, because I was worried that the color of the vinegar might transfer onto my clothes.

Rather than abandon the idea altogether, I decided to make another scented vinegar especially for laundry purposes. Instead of using citrus peels, I decided to use fresh mint leaves, and I’m pleased to report that I’ve been using my mint-scented vinegar in my laundry ever since. 🙂

I love that I can have soft clothes using an all-natural product, rather than a commercial fabric softener. Here’s how you can make your own!

Scented Vinegar Laundry Rinse

You’ll need:


Place the mint leaves inside the your container, and pour the vinegar over the top.

Place the lid on the container, and let it the mint leaves “steep” for 24 hours.

Next, pull the mint leaves out of the vinegar, or use a sieve to strain them out.

Then pour your fragrant mint-scented vinegar into the storage container of your choice.

Scented Vinegar Laundry Rinse

Using Your Laundry Rinse

Add 1/4 cup of your scented vinegar to your washing machine’s fabric softener dispenser. The vinegar will be dispensed during the rinse cycle, which will leave your clothes feeling soft and smelling great!

Other Variations

If you’re not a big fan of fresh mint, there are plenty of other fresh herbs you could use instead. I think that fresh thyme, rosemary, and basil would all be equally wonderful choices for making a scented vinegar rinse. Whatever herb you end up choosing, just make sure to use fresh, not dried!

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