I found this recipe and was skeptical.  Really?  Hair Conditioner?  Cheap Hair conditioner? VINEGAR?  I feared I'd be walking around smelling like a Šopský salát (google it).

Nope.  Pure awesomeness.  My clothes are SO soft- softer than with store-bought- and smell fresh and clean.  The scent of the conditioner is definitely there.  This recipe makes a lot of softener, so I only made half.  This is the full recipe.


  • 6 cups HOT water
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups Suave Conditioner {or other favorite scent-I found it for $1}


  •  Measure out conditioner.


  • Whisk together hot water and conditioner.  Make sure the conditioner is mixed completely with the water- no clumps.  I had to whisk for a minute or so.


  • Add Vinegar and mix well (this is the actual softener- the conditioner I think it just for scent.  Vinegar also helps with static sling).
  • Use 2 tbsp in a Downy ball or in the softener dispenser in your machine, diluted with water (basically use it like it's store bought)
I keep it in this carafe (end of summer sale at Target for $1!) so it's easy to pour into our washer.


Love. It.  I don't think I've ever been so happy with a DIY cleaning remedy as I am with this one!
Here is a printable label: