Making homemade dryer sheets is a great way to reduce waste and save money. They eliminate static cling and impart a fresh aroma to your laundry. You don’t have to buy them at the shop, though, did you know that? You can easily make your own dryer sheets, and you’ll enjoy how useful they are.
How to Make Homemade Dryer Sheets
Here’s a simple method to make your own reusable dryer sheets:
1. Fold Clothes and Place in Container
- You can use store-bought fabric or leftover scraps (rags, towels that have been cut into pieces, old t-shirt pieces, whatever works for you). To make it simple to put the rags inside and remove them once you’re through, it’s ideal to use a jar with a large hole at the top.
2. Add Vinegar and Essential Oils
- In an other bowl or jar, combine vinegar and essential oils. Select an essential oil that you enjoy using because it will both cover up the smell of the vinegar and impart its flavor to any garments you use to dry with your new homemade dryer sheets.
3. Add Just Enough Vinegar Solution to the Jar
- When the cloths are damp but not soaked or soaking, sprinkle them with enough vinegar to cover them. You may use the extra vinegar you have on hand to clean your home in a variety of ways, such as as a fabric softener, to get rid of pet scents and soap scum from your shower, and to remove odors from pet stains.
4. When You’re Ready to Use the Dryer, Grab a Cloth
- When it’s time to put a load of laundry in the dryer, take out one cloth and ring it out over the jar to wring out any extra vinegar before putting it in.
5. Replace and Reuse
- After each usage, put the cloth back in the jar so that it is prepared for the upcoming load. You should add more scented vinegar around once a month or as needed.
Tips to Make Your DIY Dryer Sheets Last Longer
- As long as the fabric holds up, the dryer sheet will work just fine! Avoid overusing the fabric to extend their lifespan as much as feasible.
- Rotate the use of different pieces of cloth instead of using the same cloth over and over.
- Avoid running your dryer on high heat, if possible.
Homemade dryer sheets – FAQS
1. What can I use instead of dryer sheets?
- Aluminum foil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Tennis balls
- Wool dryer balls
- Line drying
2. How Many Dryer Sheets Should You Use Per Load?
The debate over how many sheets you should use per load depends on several factors.
- The size of the laundry load
- The amount of fragrance you desire
- The severity of static cling (humidity levels makes a huge difference)
- Whether the clothes are covered with pet hair
Most dryer sheet manufacturers recommend adding one sheet for small to average-sized loads and two sheets for average to large loads.