Like any parent, our loads of laundry always seems to be never-ending. Due to this, it seems I always find those little used dryer sheets in random places like under the couch or even in my clothes. I started to think there has to be a better way than creating this waste with each load of laundry. After much thought and research, I realized I could make my own dryer sheets. As with most of my projects, I don’t keep them to myself and I am going to share with you this DIY homemade dryer sheets tutorial!
As with any project I share you can make it your own. You can use dishcloths that suite your style. Plus you can change up the Essential Oil you use as the scent for the homemade dryer sheets. After a few different tries I found for my family we like lavender the best but nothing says you can’t switch it up. Plus they are reusable dryer sheets so you aren’t having to make new ones often. These also make for a great housewarming gift as you can customize the essential oil to the receiver and just add a simple note.
Supplies for DIY Homemade Dryer Sheets
- Sealable Glass Jar
- Measuring Cup
- 4 – Waffle Dishcloths
- 1 ¼ Cups Distilled Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Hair Conditioner (You can choose your brand and scented or unscented)
- 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (Or the Essential oil scent your family would prefer)
Keep in mind as you make these homemade dryer sheets you don’t want scents that will fight with each other. So if you choose a scented Hair conditioner make sure it adds to or blends well with the essential oil you choose. I chose to use an unscented condition so that way the essential oil scent was the primary scent of the dryer sheet. Plus this way you can try out different essential oil scents and don’t have to worry if they will go with the scent of the conditioner. There are some homemade DIYs that use fabric softener but I choose conditioner as it is easier to get without all those chemicals.
DIY Homemade Dryer Sheets
One tip before we get started with the DIY dryer sheets is that you make sure to choose dishcloths that are different than your regular dishcloths so you don’t get them mixed up. Luckily all my dishcloths I have either added some decorative stitching or they were already patterned so I went with simple white and blue striped dishcloths so I know these are the homemade dryer sheets. No worries about getting them mixed up with the regular dishcloths.
The first step in DIY homemade dryer sheets is Combine the distilled vinegar, conditioner and essential oil in the sealable glass jar. You can stir it up or do as i prefer just close the lid and shake it up until all are mixed throughly.
Then you will want to fold the dishcloth so it will produce smaller cloths to use as the dryer sheet. Mine arrived already folded into these smaller sections. Before you cut each dishcloth, it should yield 6 smaller cloths about the size of your hand. You could mark these with a washable pen but honestly don’t think it is needed. Now you will need to cut each dishcloth along the folded line. Repeat this for all 4 dishcloths. This should result in 24 cloths altogether.
Take each of the smaller cloths and Roll each one up. Then stack them inside standing up in the glass jar with the mixture you made in the first step.
To finish making you DIY homemade dryer sheets you need to let the coths soak up the mixture. I do this by closing the jar and turn it upside for a few seconds so that the liquid soaks into all parts of the towels. If you want to you can shake it around a little as well to make sure they all soak up some of the mixture.
That is it you have now made homemade dryer sheets. I know much easier than you think it would be. Use 1-2 dryer sheets per load, depending on the size. I know some people say to wring out the DIY dryer sheet, for me I have found that not wringing it out works best, but if you want you can wring it out. Then pop it into the dryer with your clothes. Once the load is finished, simply roll the small cloth back up and put it back in the jar. Refill the jar with the mixture as needed. Since these are reusable dryer sheets the cloths will last for a long time before they need to be replaced. Another alternative is to use homemade wool dryer balls which I have shown yall how to make in just a matter of minutes. I switch it up between the dryer balls and these dryer sheets.
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- Measuring Cup
- Combine all the ingredients in the glass jar. Shake or Stir well.
- Cut each dishcloth along the folded line. Each cloth should yield 6 smaller cloths about the size of your hand. This should result in 24 altogether.
- Roll each towel then stack them inside the glass jar with the vinegar mixture.
- Close the jar and turn it upside for a few seconds, so that the liquid soaks into all parts of the towels.
- Use 1-2 towels per load, depending on the size. Once the load is finished, simply roll the towel back up and put it back in the jar. Refill the jar mixture as needed.
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