1 cup baking soda
6 cups white vinegar
8 cups water
10-15 drops essential (I use tea tree, but lavender or whatever you like best works just as well!)
Basically, mix all ingredients in a large bowl or bucket. I like to mix the baking soda and water first and stir until most of the baking soda dissolves.
Once you add the vinegar, it gets very bubbly as it reacts with the baking soda. So don't make the mistake I did the first time and mix in a leftover vinegar bottle and attempt to shake instead of stir...trust me, it gets messy!
|bubbles, bubbles, bubbles!|
Once it is all mixed up, then it is safe to use a funnel and store it in old vinegar bottles. Use it just as you would fabric softener you buy at the store. And no need for dryer sheets!! With the exception of fleece, I do not have issues with static causing my clothes to stick together.
Now if this recipes is a little bit too much work for your busy schedule, you can also use straight-up white vinegar. Don't worry, your clothes won't smell like vinegar - once it's dried, vinegar loses its smell...but, you won't get the pretty scent like you would with the essential oils. Oh yeah, and it's super cheap! Bonus feature!