Not to mention that annoying static cling! Nothing worse than a sock stuck to your back without your knowledge.
If you know anything about commercial dryer sheets, you know they are loaded with chemical fragrance and other scary ingredients. Check out Bounce Dryer sheets on the Environmental Working Group site for an example.
Making your own is uber easy. You can make them disposable or reusable as you prefer.
Here’s what you will need:
- 1 cup Vinegar
- Large wide-mouthed jar with a lid
- 20 drops of the Essential oils of your choice
- Paper coffee filters (disposable method)
- Fabric squares or cut up towels (reusable method) somewhere in the neighborhood of 5″ x 5″. Use pinking shears to prevent them from fraying as much.
Suggested essential oils: Lavender, Geranium, or any of the Citrus Oils.
I get my Certified Organic essential oils from here. Each batch is independently tested for quality and purity.
Disposable dryer sheets:
- Mix the vinegar with the essential oils in a separate bowl.
- Separate the coffee filters as best you can and then refold them into fourths. How many? Depends on the size of your jar, but stuff in as many as you can.
- Stuff them into your jar. They can be all squished together.
- Pour the vinegar solution over the filters.
- Put the lid on and turn the jar upside down to ensure that the coffee filters are completely wet.
- Wait about 15 minutes.
- Take the sheets out and lay them out to dry on cookie sheets or similar.
- Store in a container with a lid.
- Use 2 to 3 per load.
I accidentally forgot all about them one time and left them in the jar and they worked just fine popping them in the dryer still wet. The purpose of the vinegar is to emulsify the oils so that they will spread evenly over the coffee filters. Your clothes won’t smell like vinegar, that part evaporates, but the essential oils will provide a very faint scent.
Reusable Dryer sheets
- Mix the vinegar and essential oils in the jar.
- Fold your squares of fabric and place them in the jar. I crammed about 8 squares of fabric in a mason jar.
- Put the lid on and turn the jar upside down to moisten the fabric.
- Use one sheet per load.
- After removing it from the dryer, save the sheet for the next batch.
The vinegar softens your clothes and removes static cling, but the smell evaporates and you are left with the wonderful aroma of the essential oil you have chosen.
Here’s your simple change for the day: Make your own homemade Dryer sheets.
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