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Save money and ditch the chemicals with these homemade, reusable dryer sheets. These DIY dryer sheets are easy to make and even include a no-sew version!
One of the (many) chores I got roped into as a kid was helping my mom do the laundry.
Guess what went into our avocado green dryer, along with every load of clothes? You guessed it: a crisp, fresh Bounce sheet.
They were new to the scene when I was little, and my folks thought they were amazing.
Once I was on my own, I got rid of dryer sheets for a couple of reasons. They’re really expensive, and they’re loaded with harmful chemicals and fragrances.
In fact, Bounce sheets are so full of junk they earned a health grade of “F” from Environmental Working Group. You should bounce them right into the trash!
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It’s easy to make your own dryer sheets, whether you can sew or not. You can make these from an old flannel sheet or flannel shirt.
I’m making my next batch with this adorable hedgehog flannel.
See how easy it is to make homemade dryer sheets:
- Measure and cut 12 square pieces of fabric. Mine are about 5 inches square.
- Pin 2 pieces with the printed sides together.
- Sew around all four sides, and leave a 3” piece undone so you can turn it right-side-out.
- Clip a tiny bit of fabric from the corners, without cutting the stitching.
- Turn the squares right side out, using a chopstick or pencil to poke the corners out. Press with a warm iron.
- Stitch all the way around the edges of the square, and stitch a line through the middle. This keeps it from twisting out of shape when you use it.
I am not a fussy seamstress, and you shouldn’t be either. Homemade dryer sheets will work just fine if the stitches are crooked, the squares are not-quite-square, and so on.
Cut fabric squares with pinking shears, which will help eliminate fraying. Use 2-4 of the squares per load of laundry, as shown below.
Using Homemade Dryer Sheets
Once your dryer sheets are made, you have two options for prepping and using them.
Adding Scent Only
Fold or roll the fabric squares so they fit into the jar and you can easily remove one or two at a time (i.e., don’t just mash them all into the jar).
Close the lid and flip the jar upside down a few times to ensure all the fabric squares are wet.
To use, pull 1 or 2 fabric squares out of the jar and squeeze to remove excess liquid. Toss in the dryer along with your clean clothes.
Adding Scent & Removing Static Cling
Pour fabric softener into a large bowl. Put all the dryer sheets in the bowl and swish around until saturated.
Squeeze the excess fabric softener out and allow the dryer sheets to air dry.
To use, put 1 or 2 sheets into the dryer along with your clean clothes.
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