Doing laundry is a must, but buying costly fabric softener sheets is not. The cost of laundry products adds up, so you’re likely looking for any way you can to cut costs. One way to do this is to make your own fabric softener sheets. For a fraction of the cost of commercial dryer sheets, you can soften your laundry and leave it smelling fresh.
Fabric softener sheets make your clothes soft and help to control static cling, but this comes at a cost. According to Mike Ranger, editor at Natural News, commercial dryer sheets contain harsh and toxic chemicals that may pose a danger to you and your family through repeated exposure. He goes on to say that dryer sheets coat your clothes with these chemicals, to which you are then constantly exposed. Reducing exposure to these chemicals from commercial dryer sheets isn’t the only reason that homemade is a good choice. You can save money, too. Making your own dryer sheets will cut the cost of buying them. To make your own, use inexpensive, versatile products that can be used in other areas of the home as well.
Liquid Fabric Softener
Whip up a homemade fabric softener sheet using liquid fabric softener. Liquid fabric softener softens your clothes and helps to eliminate static cling, so it’s definitely a product worth using when making dryer sheets. Choose a "green" fabric softener to make your homemade dryer sheets eco-friendly. Keep a stack of old washcloths or rags near the dryer. When you're ready to dry a load of laundry, moisten one of the rags with 1 tsp. of liquid fabric softener and toss it in with the laundry. Reuse the same rag a few times before washing it.
Essential oils will give your clothes a nice fragrance just like fabric softener sheets will; however, they don’t do much in the way of softening your laundry. If you want to make homemade dryer sheets with essential oils, you’ll need to soften your laundry while washing by adding ½ cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Once you’ve softened your clothes during the wash cycle, toss them in the dryer. Grab a rag and put a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto it. Lavender, lemon, juniper, rosemary and chamomile all make good choices for adding a nice scent to your laundry. Put the rag in the dryer with your clothes and when they come out, they’ll smell clean and fresh. Take it easy not to overdo it with the essential oils; they are concentrated so adding more than a few drops might make the scent overwhelming.
You probably know hair conditioner makes your hair soft, but you probably didn't realize it does the same for your laundry. To make a quick substitute for commercial fabric softener sheets, fill an empty spray bottle with equal parts water and conditioner. When you’re ready to throw clothes in the dryer, grab a washcloth and mist it lightly with the conditioner and water mixture. Toss it in with your laundry and your clothes will be soft when they’re done.
Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.