Homemade Natural Dryer Sheets
Published on April 30th 2015 by Sean Nelson under DIY
Dryer sheets are great when it comes to keeping your fabric soft and fluffy. They also help to reduce static cling from your favorite clothes. Since commercial fabric softeners and dryer sheets may carry harmful chemicals, substituting them with homemade products is a healthy idea. Being both non-toxic and hypoallergenic, they can be safely used for baby clothes as well.
DIY Organic Reusable Dryer Sheets
- Baby wipes or old scraps of cloth
- Essential oils of your choice
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- Add 25 drops of essential oil to 1 cup of white vinegar.
- Fold the cloth scraps or wipes into halves and place them inside a storage container or jar.
- Pour the vinegar mix over the wipes such that you moisten them without saturating.
- Seal the jar tightly.
Throw in one wipe per dryer load to refresh your laundry. For larger loads, use up to 4-6 wipes. Once the clothes are dry, retrieve your dryer sheets and toss them back into the container. There should be enough liquid left to soak it. If not, replenish with the mixture.
- If you want unscented dryer sheets, give the essential oils a miss.
How to Make Your Own Dryer Sheets with Coffee Filters
- A pack of disposable coffee filters
- 6 cups of hot water
- 3 cups distilled white vinegar
- 2 cups of natural hair conditioner
- Pour the wet ingredients into a bowl and stir with a spoon to mix them nicely,
- Take out a coffee filter and apply 1 tsp of the liquid to one side (you may also put the mixture in a spray bottle for smoother application).
- Close the sides and make the liquid spread throughout the filter.
- Repeat the above steps with the whole bunch of filters
- Once done, lay the filters flat and check they are not soaking wet when you stack them up.
- Store the stack in a sealed container.
Use one of them per dryer load. Replenish the stack with the mixture as and when required.
- Instead of coffee filters, you can use paper towels.
- Sponges cut in half can be an excellent substitute to the coffee filters. Just pour the liquid on the former before wringing them. Throw them in the dryer prior to putting in your clothes.
Cool Dryer Sheet Alternative Ideas
- In case you are too lazy for the DIYs, just throw in ¼ – ½ cup distilled vinegar during the wash-rinse cycle for a similar effect.
- Lowering the temperature of the dryer also reduces static cling.
- If you are hard pressed for time, you can consider soaking old scraps of cloth in any liquid fabric softener of your choice, wring them out and allow them to dry completely. Then store them in a container and throw one sheet per dryer load.
There are many more uses of these easy-to-make dryer sheets other than the obvious. You can keep them in cars for a refreshing smell, put it inside shoes to get rid of the stink, and the list goes on. The eco-friendly non-toxic alternatives will stall all neighbor complaints regarding air pollution by your dryer vent.
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