I know that lot of people prefer not to use the softener, but it would be imperative to utilise it in the washing-machine, in fact, washed clothes are very alkaline, especially if you use laundry powder, and their pH is totally different from our skin pH.
As a fabric softener, citric acid excels because it neutralises the alkalinity of laundry detergent, acting as a pH adjuster and bringing the laundry alkaline pH closer to our natural skin pH. In fact, as I have already explained in my previous post, citric acid is an excellent toxic-free alternative to the commercial softener and dishwasher rinse-aid. It also works effectively as limescale remover, so using it in your laundry routine will prolong your washing-machine life!
This recipe is easy and super quick to make: you only need to add the powder to the water (better if distilled) and shake the bottle...et voilà!
I prefer working in grams because it is more accurate than ml/tbs/oz.
200 g Citric Acid
800 g Water
How to prepare
Pour the water into a 1-litre cleaned bottle. Then add the citric acid. Shake the bottle until the powder dissolves completely.
How to use
Use the citric acid solution in the washing-machine as a regular softener, pouring it into the fabric-conditioner compartment of the drawer.
Similarly for the dishwasher: pour the solution into the rinse-aid compartment.
You can also add 1 spoonful of citric acid powder directly into the fabric-conditioner compartment of the drawer and add a little water, if you don't want to make a liquid solution.
Too easy to be true?! Let's give a try!
You can buy citric acid in our shop if you want to choose the quantity that works for you, or you can have a look at all the shops that sell cleaning products.
You can find more DIY recipes in my book.
Have a look at this website for more information about citric acid as a softener.