WFMW: Homemade Dryer Sheets – Easy and Cheap!

Wednesday August 19, 2009

Having grown up with my mom’s method of doing laundry, I’ve never understood why anyone bothered to buy dryer sheets.   Here’s what Works For Me when it comes to drying clothes:

1.  Take an old wash cloth (or cut an old towel into squares… or octagons if that’s your thing).

2.  Buy liquid fabric softener  (if you’re really thrifty you can make your own, but this post is focused on cheap and easy).

3.  Throw your wet clothes in the dryer.

4. Dab your wash cloth with a dash of softener.

5. Throw it in with the clothes and … Dry!

Once you’ve started doing this, you don’t even have to do it every time.  You can tell when your dryer sheet isn’t feeling so soft anymore, then just start over.

There are lots of variations on this technique, but this one works well for me.    Now, if only there were laundry fairies who would fold and put away the clothes…

This post inspired by the “Works for Me Wednesday” series at We Are THAT Family.

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5 Responses to WFMW: Homemade Dryer Sheets – Easy and Cheap!

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    Michele says:

    Great tips. I checked out how to make my own fabric softener, and then followed a link to make my own detergent. I just might try this. I use dryer sheets on my clothes, not for the softness factor, but because of static. I’m a static conduit and am constantly getting shocked in the cooler months – HATE it! Thanks for sharing.

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    mandy says:

    I do something similar. I take a 5 gallon bucket & dump my large bottle of softener into it, then fill w/ water. I put sponges in & just wring one out & toss it in the dryer.

    Great way to save money. Thanks!

  3. 3

    I simply put a small amount of vinegar in the rinse cycle when washing and have not need for dryer sheets.

  4. 4

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  5. 5
    Janel says:

    Great idea! Your blog looks beautiful.

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