How To Make Your Own Dryer Sheets

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How to Make Your Own Dryer Sheets from HousewifeHowTos.comHere’s a great way to save money: make your own dryer sheets!

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Now, I have to admit: I don’t like dryer sheets. They’re covered with chemicals that I don’t feel great about having in long-term contact with my skin, and their scent makes my allergies go crazy. I usually just add white vinegar to the rinse cycle, and that seems to get rid of static clean just fine. But there are plenty of other uses for dryer sheets around the house besides laundry, so now and then I make my own dryer sheets just for those things.

How To Make Your Own Dryer Sheets With Fabric Softener

Soak an old wash cloth in liquid fabric softener and wring it out, then let it dry completely. Soft cloth baby diapers are particularly wonderful for this purpose! To use, just toss a sheet into the dryer with your clothes and it’ll work just as well as the other kind. Bonus: you can re-use the same cloth for 10-12 loads.

How To Make Your Own Dryer Sheets With Hair Conditioner

Cheap hair conditioner is a pretty decent substitute for liquid fabric softener. To use it for these dryer sheets, combine 3 parts hair conditioner with 1 part white vinegar and shake well. Make your own dryer sheets using this method by following the instructions above.

How To Make Your Own Dryer Sheets With Non-Toxic Ingredients

Fill a container with white vinegar and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Since this is straight vinegar, which is highly acidic, be sure to choose a non-metallic container and lid. As for the essential oil, it’s but it gives a nice scent. Cut an old sheet or t-shirt in squares and stuff them in the jar with the vinegar. Shake well so the squares get fully saturated. To use, just grab a square and pop it into the dryer with your clothes. Return the squares to the container of vinegar after each use.

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  1. Terry says

    I read that commercial dryer sheets also leave a waxy buildup on the lint screen, and that this can be potentially hazardous over time. Not sure if that’s true, but either of your tips are great, especially given the price of Bounce sheets. :-)

    • says

      I have to wash my lint screen every couple of weeks, even without using dryer sheets. Our washer/dryer set is 10+ years old — and definitely due for replacement — so the screen doesn’t clean as easily as it used to.

  2. says

    This is fantastic! I, like Terry, am always concerned about the residue left on the lint trap. My mom never used dryer sheets for this reason. Handsome Man, on the other hand, can’t imagine NOT using them. I think this is the perfect compromise :)

    • says

      My mom’s a dryer sheet addict, despite all of her kids warning her about how bad they are for her laundry machines. Guess what she just had to replace last week, after only 3 years of use?

  3. says

    Yeah and guess what’s in that liquid fabric softener? Those dryer sheets cannot leave that much of residue on our clothes or towels…
    Have a great weekend coming your way and wish you both well.
    Mariette’s Back to Basics

  4. Rave says

    I haven’t used commercial fabric softener of any kind (liquid or dryer sheet) for a long time.
    Many years ago, my washer repair man told me that the liquid fabric softener gunks up your washer, causing the parts to wear out faster. He said it’s one of the worst things you can put in to your washer and that dryer sheets are better.
    Well, sheets are better, but they still are not that great.

    I make my own ‘fabric softener using hair conditioner (preferably organic), vinegar and a spray bottle.
    I mix it together and spray three or four times onto the clothes before they go into the dryer. (You could use an old t-shirt, too) if you don’t want to spray on the clothes.

    Works like a charm, my clothes smell great and no build-up on the machines or in my clothes.

    • says

      Your washer repair man is right, but hair conditioner has many of the same surfactants in it as the dryer sheets or liquid fabric softener. Except the organic kind… and they have their own oils they’re depositing.

  5. says

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I didn’t realize the issues with dryer sheets until today. And I’ll certainly enjoy spending less money!

  6. Aja says

    I stopped using fabric softener over a year ago and made some dryer balls out of wool yarn instead. They work great and if you want a little fragrance the essential oil and vinegar spritz will work just as well on the dryer ball. I just make sure that I leave them in the dryer when I take out a load and voila! Always ready to go.

    • Katie B. says

      I don’t use dryer sheets at all, so I wouldn’t know. But the cloth with vinegar on it does cut static considerably.

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