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How To Make Your Own Dryer Sheets

Easy DIY dryer sheets

I’ve been making my own dryer sheets for several years.  It started out as a “necessity is the mother of invention” thing.  I had forgotten, AGAIN, to add the fabric softener to the rinse cycle of the load of clothes I was washing.  So, I  put a little fabric softener on a washrag and thru it in the dryer with the wet clothes to see if that would help.

It seemed to work ok, and since I would forget to add fabric softener quite often, I started doing the washrag thing everytime.  It had a benefit that I hadn’t thought of at the time, I saved money because my fabric softener lasted longer… I only used about a teaspoon instead of the half-cup I normally used.

The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve come to realize that we’re, literally, killing ourselves because of the chemicals we’re putting in and on our bodies every day.

I also realized that fabric softener is full of chemicals, so I stopped using it altogether. But the static cling was tough to get rid of without the dryer sheets.

After trying several different things, I found two solutions… they left the clothes static-free and nice smelling without the harmful chemicals.

  • Homemade Natural Dryer Sheets
  • Wool Dryer Balls

DIY Dryer Sheets:
I looked for a natural dryer sheet to buy, but couldn’t find one with ingredients I felt comfortable using.  Making my own has ended up being the best and cheapest option… and a super easy DIY project.

Here’s what you need:

  • Old scraps of cloth… I use old cotton t-shirts cut or torn into fairly small pieces
  • Essential oils of your choice… I use Lavender(refreshing smell) and Lemongrass(gets rid of odors)
  • White Vinegar
  • A glass jar with a wide lid

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Mix 1 cup of white vinegar and 25+ drops of your essential oils in a glass spray bottle.
  2. Fold the cloth scraps and put them in your jar.
  3. Spray, but don’t saturate the cloth with the vinegar mixture (depending on the amount of cloth you have in your jar, you may or may not use all the mixture… so just store it for later).
  4. Use one cloth per dryer load. The vinegar smell evaporates during drying, but the essential oil scent will remain. When you take the clothes out of the dryer, put the dryer sheet back in the container, since it’s still clean, to be used over… and over.

If you’re wondering why you need more than one piece of cloth… when you only do one load of laundry at a time.  Your dryer sheets can be used in a ton of different ways around the house:

  • Put one at the bottom of your garbage can to neutralize odor.
  • Throw in the diaper pail to help control the smell.
  • Run one over your sofa or carpet to pick up pet hair.
  • Place in the trunk of your car. It will smell fresher!
  • Run one over your ceiling fan for a quick dusting that smells amazing!
  • Throw a handful of damp ones in your gym shoes, or equipment bag.
  • Swipe one over your faucets to get rid of water spots.
  • Clean around the lint trap on your dryer!
  • Place it in your swim or beach bag to keep musty odors away from damp clothes.
  • Put one in your filing cabinet at work to freshen your work area without using a diffuser.
  • Put a couple in your tent when you pack it up for the winter so it will be fresh and ready next summer.
  • Tuck one in your umbrella rack to fend off smelly, musty odors.

If you use one of these ideas, be sure to wash it before you put it back in the vinegar solution to use later in your dryer.

I mentioned above that I found 2 things that I needed to keep my clothes static-free and nice smelling without the harmful chemicals…. dryer sheet AND something to eliminate the static cling. That’s where wool dryer balls came in. They were the perfect solution to the static problem.

You can make your own wool dryer balls or you can buy them…
To Make them:  I’m working on an article for next week on how to make your own wool dryer balls… stay tuned.
To Buy: good quality dryer balls at a great price 

I throw a dryer sheet and 6 of the balls in the dryer with every full load of laundry. 

What do you use in your dryer to freshen clothes or eliminate static cling?

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. I use white vinegar in the final rinse, I started doing this when I was doing all my Mom’s laundry when she was in the assisted living and later nursing home to get the strong odors out of her clothes and to disinfect them because she was allergic to bleach, it worked great and took all the soap residue out of the clothes therefore softening them and helps with static cling. Now I use it on the laundry for the cabins and our personal laundry for the same reasons.

    1. My Grandmother always used vinegar. My problem is half the time, I forget to put it in… my laundry room is upstairs!

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