6 ökologische Alternativen zu Weichspüler - washo.ch

6 ecological alternatives to fabric softener

The good news is that there are environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional fabric softeners. Not only is this particularly important because of the harmful chemicals, but you also save yourself the hassle of lugging around plastic bottles and disposing of them. You can use home remedies to replace fabric softener in an ecological and inexpensive way.


Put around 30 to 50 millilitres of vinegar in the compartment for the fabric softener with every wash. The odour disappears at the latest when drying, but the vinegar ensures a smooth feel and reduces limescale deposits in the washing machine and on the clothes. This alternative to fabric softener is particularly suitable for coloured laundry or black clothes. It is important that you use white household vinegar, which you can find in any supermarket, and that you do not use detergent with bleach at the same time.

Citric acid

Citric acid is particularly great for light-coloured laundry as it has a slightly bleaching effect. It is best to use citric acid powder, which you put directly into the fabric softener compartment, just like the vinegar. One teaspoon is enough for a normal wash load. This application is not suitable for washing machines with a narrow channel to the fabric softener compartment. In this case, it is better to dissolve three to five teaspoons of citric acid in one litre of water. For each wash, simply pour around 50 to 100 millilitres of the solution into the compartment.


Hard water or stubborn stains don't stand a chance against baking soda. You can find out how hard the water is in your region on the website of the Swiss Gas and Water Industry Association (SVGW) (Link= http://trinkwasser.svgw.ch/index.php?id=813&L=0. Do you live in an area with hard water? Then use about two teaspoons of the powder dissolved in 100 ml of water as a fabric softener. If the water is soft, you can also use only half.

Soda powder

Soda and baking soda work in a similar way, but soda has a slightly stronger cleaning effect. It is also known as washing soda or sodium carbonate. As with baking soda, dissolve two teaspoons of soda in 100 ml of water and use it as an inexpensive substitute for your fabric softener. Be careful with animal fibres such as wool or merino: soda causes them to swell and should therefore not be used.

Essential oils

Laundry doesn't have to be fragrant to be clean. On the contrary: synthetic substances are often used as fragrances that are neither healthy for you nor environmentally friendly. You can easily solve this problem with essential oils. Add a few drops of essential oils to suit your taste when washing.

You can either drip the oil directly onto the Washo or add it to the compartment together with your alternative to fabric softener. However, it is important that you use natural oils and use them sparingly.

Washo Dryer Balls

If you use the tumbler to dry your laundry, you can also use the Washo Dryer Balls instead of fabric softener. Due to the friction, they ensure soft fibres and less power consumption during drying. You can find more information on this in the blog (Link= https://www.washo.ch/blogs/washo-blog/schneller-trocken-dank-der-washo-dryer-balls)

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