I don’t use the dryer often because I prefer to air dry my clothes. It’s less expensive and you don’t have to worry about the added wear and tear on your clothes (not to mention the shrinkage!) But there are certain things I always use the dryer for and I just do not like those stinky dryer sheets.
The chemical scent on them is just atrocious. Just one wiff, I have both a headache and feel car sick. The cabinet in which they’re kept reeks like a teenage boy putting cologne on for the first time.
So I use my own homemade dryer sheets which don’t use any chemicals and can be reused over and over.
Homemade Dryer Sheets
1 cup white vinegar
20-30 drops of essential oils
Scraps of cotton material
Pour the vinegar into the glass jar and add in the essential oils.Vinegar is a natural softener and will not stink up your laundry. The scent evaporates in the dryer. For the essential oils, I use tea tree, mint, lavender, lemon or a mixture of these. If you want a lighter scent, add less, if you want stronger, obv more.
Cut up cotton squares (10 x 10 cm or more), whether it’s those reusable dish rags, material scraps, or some old shirt that you’re repurposing. If you’re cutting up material, you can run the edge under the sewing machine to prevent fraying or cut with pinking shears. If you’re a free spirit and embrace fraying, leave as is.
Pop these sheets into the glass jar, immerse them, and put it in your laundry room. You’re now ready to take on the laundry without getting a mild high from the stench.
To use these, pull out one of the sheets, squeeze out the excess, and pop into the dryer with your laundry. When the laundry is done, put the sheet back into the jar. Repeat until the sheets are worn the eff out.