Never in a million years did I ever think I would be making homemade dryer sheets.
When it came to what went into the dryer I always considered it one of those you use them from the store or you don't kinds of things. I didn't realize I had a choice. I know that dryer sheets from the store are laden with chemicals that shouldn't be in our house, but what was the alternative? I love the way the clothes come out smelling all fresh, free from static and fluffy.
I have tried the dryer balls from felted wool you can toss in the dryer. I do think they sped up the drying time a little, but I missed that fresh scent. Also the static build up always seemed so much worse when I used them.
Then I stumbled upon this very simple recipe. It was so easy that I was thinking it was far too good to be true. I figured there was no possible way this could work, but since it was stuff I already had lying around I had to try it.
I'm still in shock that they work this well. I have been using them exclusively since before Christmas and the clothes are coming out just as fresh and fluffy as the store bought dryer sheets.
DIY Dryer Sheets
You will need:
Scraps of cotton fabric. Old pillowcases, sheets, T-shirts, flannel, etc. White or light colored is best.
1 cup white vinegar
30 drops essential oil (Where to buy Oils)
1 glass jar
Cut your cotton fabric scraps into 6x6 inch squares. No need to be exact.
I used some flannel I had left from a baby blanket and cut it with pinking shears to keep the edges from fraying.
When I was done I had a pile of about 3 dozen fabric squares.
Add 1 cup vinegar and your essential oil of choice to the glass jar. Shake to mix. I used Citrus Fresh because I love it's clean scent, but lavender, peppermint, purification or almost any scent you like would work.
Add fabric scraps to jar being careful to make sure all the fabric scraps get wet.
Store in glass jar with well-fitting lid.
When ready to use, remove one fabric square from the jar. Squeeze out any extra liquid back into the jar. Toss in the dryer and use like normal. I promise you that pickle like smell will not be there when the clothes are dry.
Save fabric squares to use again the next time you need to fill the jar.
Using essential oils in your home can be a healthy alternative to chemicals. We strongly recommend you use essential oils which are therapeutic grade and can be ingested as well as topically used such as Young Living Essential Oils. To learn more about how to get your own Young Living essential oils, click here.
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