No More Fabric Softener Sheets Here

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We never really got into the habit of buying liquid fabric softener that you add to the washing machine, but we used to always use the dryer sheets for our laundry.  I found out about borax soap last year, and it was really by accident.  I was looking up about getting rid of fleas without harsh chemicals and I read that it helps to kill the flea’s life cycle and is a natural soap.  Please note that I am talking about borax soap NOT boric acid, there is a difference.  Borax soap is natural, boric acid is toxic but yet they often get confused together.

I bought a box of the borax soap last year to help kill off the fleas and yes it did work by the way.  But being it is a laundry additive and water softener, I figured I would try it in the washer.  Yes I continued to use dryer sheets in the beginning.  Our laundry was nice and soft after taking them out of the washer before drying them after I started to use the borax soap.  But out of habit, I continued to use the dryer sheets.

I accidentally ran out of dryer sheets last month.  I say accidentally because I forgot I was on the last box of them and didn’t realize exactly how low we were, I had help with laundry this summer 🙂 So I wasn’t going to rush out and buy more when this borax soap has been helping the clothes to feel soft and it isn’t the end of the world if I didn’t use a dryer sheet with a couple loads of laundry.

I have got to say, I didn’t need to use the sheets.  The borax soap in the washer mixed with our laundry detergent made them soft enough! This stuff really is awesome.  I also heard that white vinegar can help soften clothes too so I will be trying that one shortly also.

Dryer sheets are a thing of the past in our household and I am using stuff that makes the clothes softer then the sheets ever did! Just a bit of borax soap mixed with detergent in the start of the wash cycle helps make your laundry nice and soft.  It also makes it smell nice and fresh!

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  • Cynthia at Richly Middle Class

    Hi There, I have stopped by the sheets as well. I don't like the because they seem to find themselves in corners and everywhere regardless of how careful you are about getting them in the bin. I now use the bouce thing that you stick in the dryer and replace. I am going to try the Borax and see if that makes a difference. Thank you for the write up.


  • Dawn Conklin

    You are welcome! Borax is an additive and it can be used with dryer sheets so I can imagine that it can be used with the bounce ball too. It's a natural soap 🙂

    I actually tried vinegar in my laundry yesterday and the clothes came out smelling fresh! I didn't use the Borax with the vinegar, I just used 1/2 cup white vinegar and regular laundry detergent at the start of the cycle.

  • Stacy Kjelland

    Borax is one of the ingredients in my homemade laundry detergent (and so is vinegar). So that is probably why our clothes have felt softer since I started making my own. I used to use the dryer sheets too, but stopped using them because I didn't need them any more! 😉

  • Dawn Conklin

    That is awesome that you make your own detergent! Now I know that I can mix the vinegar and borax together, I will try it on the next load. Do you have the recipe for your homemade detergent online? If so, please do share the link!

  • Brian

    My wife ran out of them last week. So what did I do… GOOGLE. Found out that if you take about a capful of hair conditioner and put it on a damp washcloth and put it in the dryer it works wonders.

  • Dawn Conklin

    Nice! I believe it 🙂 I don't use regular conditioner for my hair anymore tho. I added vinegar to the wash on Monday and the clothes smelt so fresh and so soft, I couldn't believe it – I mean who would think vinegar lol!!

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