In a previous post, I shared how I save money on laundry. I suggested making your own wool dryer balls, fabric softener and more. In this post, I want to show how to make your own dryer sheets – you won’t believe it’s this simple!
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I like making my own dryer sheets for a couple reasons. One is obvious – I know what’s in them and I don’t have to wonder what chemicals are getting into my clothes and on to my skin, or the skin of my kiddos. Also – just as obvious and very important to me, it saves money. It’s an even better deal that using coupons to purchase commercially made sheets.
As with a lot of the items that I make myself, this one came about years ago when kiddos were small and we didn’t have a lot of money to spend on extras (and believe me, there were weeks when dryer sheets were definitely “extra”). I started trying to figure out a way I could make dryer sheets cheaper than buying them.
The first thing I tried, before I really thought about it, was to buy a bottle of cheap, store brand fabric softener and put a small amount on strips of cloth I cut up. This worked, but after a while, I realized I was still using something with chemicals, and I wanted something not chemically laden.
Then I figured out how to make my own fabric softener, and so I started using it with cloth sheets. That worked really well and I still go back to that from time to time.
Finally, I found this method and it works great. It’s the easiest way I’ve found so far to make my own dryer sheets, takes no time at all to make, and works like a dream. I want to share my no-fail, easy-breezy method for dryer sheets.
EASY-BREEZY DRYER SHEETS
You will need:
- Pieces of cloth – this can be old wash cloths, old towels that you cut to your desired size, cloth diapers, etc. – anything cotton works best. Cotton is better able to absorb the spray.
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- Essential oils of your choice
- Spray bottle – glass is preferable due to using essential oils, but you can use plastic. This is the glass one I am using below.
Cut your cloth to your desired size. I like my to be a little larger but you can make yours any size you want. You don’t need to hem these or anything because they are just going to be dropped into the dryer. I am using a cotton t-shirt that met an untimely death due to an unfortunate grease splatter accident – may it rest in peace. However, it decided to be a donor and give of itself to become dryer sheets 🙂
Find a container that you want to use to store them in – I had a Tupperware container that worked perfectly and I wasn’t using it regularly.
Now on to making the softener that you will spray on to your cloth sheets. Get your spray bottle ready to go.
Using a kitchen funnel, pour approximately one cup of white vinegar into your bottle. One cup was a little too much for my bottle and I overflowed it – so pay attention as you pour! LOL
Add in your essential oils. I prefer citrus smells – lemon, lime, orange, etc. You can use anything that you like. I usually put around 30 drops in of whatever combination I am using. And you can decide how much or how little – it depends on how you want it to smell.
Screw the lid back on and shake.
That’s it – you’re done! Now it’s ready to use. When you’re ready to dry a load of clothes, put your wool dryer balls in, and then pull a strip of cloth from your container. Shake your bottle slightly, then spray on to your cloth until it’s damp – not so wet it is dripping, but nice and damp – and toss it in.
You’ll be amazed at how soft your clothes are, how static free they are, how nice they smell – and how much money you save! The vinegar smell will dissipate in the dryer, leaving behind the scent of the essential oils from your wool dryer balls and your dryer sheets.
Once you pull your clean and sweet-smelling laundry from the dryer, drop the fabric sheet back into your container to use again later.
Can you believe how simple that was? I think it is great easy it is to use and I especially love the fact there are no chemicals in my fabric sheet. Have you ever tried to make fabric sheets? How did it go? Did you like them? Let me know below.
Until next time