On a lighter note - I decided to make my own fabric softener - this makes me forget about my back and smile - because I feel all crunchy and crafty - two of my favorite... not me... things!
Here is my recipe:
1 bottle of Organic Trader Joe's conditioner (it was 16.9 oz)
3 cups of white vinegar
6 cups of hot water (from the tap)
I put the conditioner in an old container of fabric softener (it took a lot of squeezing and D loved the "fart" noises the bottle made... a definite toddler activity!) I then added all the water and shook it up - it took a long time to dissolve... I'm not sure it ever really did - I think I will shake it every time I use it.
Then I poured some of the vinegar into the conditioner bottle and shook it up to get the last bits of conditioner out - added it and the rest of the vinegar into the old softener container and shook it up and danced around the kitchen.
Here are the results:
The laundry is fluffy enough and it does not have a heavy scent. I may pick up some essential oils and add a few drops to it - if I can manage to get screamy and cranky in the car later... but until then the laundry smells fresh and clean and is soft. Next time - I may use a little more conditioner for even more softness :)