One of my goals for the new year was not only to cut our household expenses as much as possible, but to really get rid of a lot of the chemicals that we have in the house. I’ve always used vinegar in the rinse cycle, but until now, I’d never considered making my own dryer sheets. That is until I realized that my family is virtually incapable of putting the vinegar in the rinse cycle. I’m sure some of you are right there with me on the frustration of crispy towels because the softener was forgotten. They might forget to use the liquid vinegar, but for some reason, they always remember to use dryer sheets. That’s where these bad boys come into play! I am seriously in love with these because of how simple they are to make! This is simple living at it’s best, my friends!
These DIY Reusable Dryer Sheets are all natural and they’re super cheap to make! They are fantastic for helping you save money on laundry since they actually use less vinegar per batch than I would use in one load of using just straight vinegar per load. That means that I am thrilled that I get to save even more on top of the savings I get from not buying them anymore. Plus, you’re keeping trash out of the dumpster by recycling old t-shirts to use for dryer sheets. If you don’t have enough old t-shirts to use, you can use old towels or sheets as well. We love to find new ways to use old towels and ways to use old sheets so making these was right up our alley.
DIY Reusable Dryer Sheets
These reusable dryer sheets might not seem like the best way to save, but believe me when I say that they will really help. In 2015, we made a point to stop buying and make homeade as many different items as we could. At this point, we’ve got a list of things to stop buying and make that is over 60 items strong. It grows every week too. To date we have saved well over $5,000 by making things here at home. Taking the steps that we did to make these items was one of the things that helped us to stop living paycheck to paycheck and to get our family budget under control.
You will need:
- (1) old t-shirt, towel or sheet
- (1) Mason Jar with lid
- 3/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 3-4 drops essential oil of your choice
To start, grab a size large or X-large t-shirt. You can use a smaller size if that is all that you have on hand, but be aware that if you do, you’ll very likely need more than one. Cut your shirt into around (16) 6×6″ pieces. You don’t have to be exact with the measurements, but try to get close. I try to use as much of the shirt as I can so that there is very little waste left over. It is my goal to have a no-waste home and starting with a no-waste kitchen and laundry was my first step toward that.
Next, mix the vinegar, water and the essential oil together in the mason jar. Swish it all around a bit to get it combined, but you don’t need to shake it hard. Be sure you use enough oil to really give it a good scent, but don’t go overboard. For a softer scent, lavender oil works well. For a scent that will help wake you up, lemon oil or orange oil is great. For something different, try peppermint oil. Do not use fragrance oils that people use for soap. They are two totally different oils and fragrance oils aren’t meant to be added to anything coming in contact with your clothing.
Now add your t-shirt sheets to the jar. You may have to stuff them in there depending on how thick the shirt you used is. Put the lid on and give a good shake. Don’t worry if all of the sheets aren’t wet, they’ll eventually soak up all of the water/vinegar mix.
Once your sheets are all wet with the softener solution, you’re good to use them! Use 1 sheet per load in the dryer and just toss it in like you do with the store bought stuff! Obviously your sheet will dry during the cycle so just set it aside when you pull the dry clothes out. I keep a basket on top of the dryer so that I can toss the used ones into it and keep them all together. Once your jar is completely empty, it’s time to make up another batch!
See? Super easy and a fantastic way to save money on laundry! It doesn’t get much easier than this! You’ll love them as you make your way toward saving money and removing chemicals from your home!