How to Dilute Fabric Softener?

How to Dilute Fabric Softener
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Very often we purchase different types of fabric softeners that come in different concentrations. Sometimes the concentrated fabric softener that you buy can be too strong. And it leads to oversaturation and even staining of your fabrics. 

If you’ve already been in this situation, this article is for you. In such cases, the only solution here is to dilute the fabric softener to a suitable concentration before using it. Now the question is how to dilute fabric softener.

To dilute fabric softener you’ll need ½ the amount of water and half the amount of fabric softeners. Just mix them together in a container, shake them to ensure a proper mixture, and then store them properly. 

It seems quite simple but the process can be different for different cases. Now you are getting confused, right? No worries, go through this article and you’ll understand everything.

You can also read: What to Use Instead of Fabric Softener

How to Dilute Fabric Softener?

Here, I’m in the main segment. Now, I’ll be adding a step-by-step guide on diluting fabric softeners.

  • Before you start the process, gather the necessary materials. You will need a mixing bowl, measuring cup, and concentrated fabric softener.
  • This is the most crucial step. Measure out the desired amount of fabric softener. As a general rule, it is recommended to use about half as much fabric softener as you would normally use for a load of laundry. For example, if you typically use one cup of fabric softener, you should use only half a cup for a diluted solution.
  • Now, pour the measured fabric softener into the mixing bowl.
  • After that add an equal amount of water to the mixing bowl. 
  • Mix the fabric softener and water together until they are thoroughly combined.
  • Pour the diluted fabric softener into a container with a lid. This will make it easier to store and use in the future.
  • Use the diluted fabric softener in your laundry as you would normally. Just be sure to shake the container well before each use to ensure that the fabric softener is evenly distributed.
Dilute Fabric Softener
Dilute Fabric Softener

How to Dilute Overpowering Fabric Softener?

If you’ve ever used fabric softener and found the scent to be too strong, you may have wondered if there is a way to tame the aroma. Fortunately, there are ways to dilute the fabric softener and reduce the intensity of the fragrance. Now, I’m adding a step-by-step guide on that. Here are three methods you can try:

  • Measure out ¼ of the recommended dosage of fabric softener, as indicated in the user instructions.
  • Transfer the fabric softener to the fabric softener dispenser.
  • Fill the rest of the space in the dispenser with water.
  • Use your finger to mix the fabric softener and water together.

What If You’re Directly Using Fabric Softener?

Now, if you are using fabric softener directly in a wash basin or in a washing machine then the rule is slightly different. Here, you’ll have to dilute it in a bottle with 2 cups of water.

By following these simple guidelines, you can easily dilute fabric softener to a concentration that is more suitable for your needs.


You have already understood the process for diluting. But I’ve seen many people making mistakes while diluting. So, here are some warnings for you.

  • The first and foremost thing is the ratio of water and fabric softeners. Make sure not to mess up there. Otherwise, the softener can be unusable. 
  • Next, while you’re doing the process make sure not to mix up the fabric softeners with other components. It can cause contamination and make the softener thick.

Final Verdict

By now I hope you’ve no more confusion about the dilution process. I’ve added the different processes for different conditions. Also, I’ve added a warning segment. 

So, before I leave, here is one piece of good news for you. If you can dilute properly, it’ll not only help to prevent oversaturation and staining, but it will also save you money by making your fabric softener last longer.

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