Friday, July 23, 2010

Fabric Softner Sachet

I love fabric softener. I love the feel of clothes when they are fresh from the dryer and they are so soft you can smell the softness. I don't like buying fabric softener however, it's too expensive and I often wonder if you really have to use as much as they tell you to in order to get the same effect.

Fabric softener is important for your clothes though. It helps keep the fibers soft so clothing is less likely to tear or stretch improperly. You'll get a lot more wear out of your clothing and towels for that matter if you use softener too.

Anyone who reads this blog or knows me in real life, knows I'm a big fan of going green and getting the most bang for my buck. So when I can across a recipe for Fabric Softener Sachet's I had to make them.

I used some scrap material I had to cute a 3 by 4 inch rectangle. I sewed up the sides, leaving an opening to pour the 'fabric softener' into it.


The white fabric I used was very thin. I wanted something a little thicker to get the most out of this sachet. So I used some really thick fabric to make an outer cover for the sachet. I sewed 3 sides with right sides together. Turn the pouch right side out then slipped the 'fabric softener' filled white sachet inside.

The one seam you leave open just simple fold in the raw edge and then sew straight across to close the sachet. You can even use Velcro to close this pouch for when you need to refill the 'fabric softner'.
How cute and quick is that?  Say hi to my rock turtle in the background of the picture. He loves watching me sew even though you can't tell it by the disgruntled look on his face. :)
I made up several of these pouches in a short amount of time. Each of these pouches last a week in the dryer for my household of 4. If you do more laundry or have more kids then maybe you'll get 3-4 days out of each pound instead of 7 days like I do.

The most important part of these sachets are of course the ingredients. Cornstarch or rice flour (which I just found here locally, so my next batch will have rice flour in it), baking soda, and arrowroot powder and whatever essential oil smell you like best. I used orange for some of these sachets and lavender for others.

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