Megan Aubrey
Megan Aubrey
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Homemade Reusable Dryer Sheets

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10 Minutes

Remember in high school when almost everything was potentially embarrassing? Like, oh my goodness, one hair is out of place or I stuttered when the teacher called on me?! The horror right?! Well, one time I had one of those moments with a dryer sheet at a football game – when you are supposed to be at your absolute coolest.
A group of my friends were all goofing around, I’m sure trying to be cool and impress people – like you do in high school. I had on a hoodie – because what else do you wear in high school and college, right? Suddenly, I felt a something slightly amiss with my sweatshirt. Things weren’t laying right and I was feeling a little itchy.
I investigated and – horror of horrors – I pulled out a dryer sheet from under my sweatshirt.
I frantically looked around. Did anyone see me pull that out of my sweatshirt? How embarrassing. I don’t know what to do! So (and HUGE shame on me) I quickly just throw it on the ground (ahh it still pains me to realize that I LITTERED) and walk away.
Suddenly, someone from my group of friends picks it up and holds it in the air. “What is this? Why the heck is this on the ground? Weird!”
I furtively look around. Did anyone see me? Is my super pale skin that has suddenly turned fire engine red giving me away? Few. No one is pointing at me and laughing. (Teenage) crisis avoided.
Not that it has haunted me forever, but I’ve never really been a fan of the static sheets over the years. Sometimes I feel like they are a waste of money, don’t work, and just add to the landfill. However, I have had some major static moments recently with my new sheets (that are more like blankets and are ahhhmazing) so I thought I would try something a little bit different – and a little more eco-friendly.
Mak eco-friendly, reusable laundry "sheets" for inexpensive, static free drying!
What you need:
A plastic container
Sponges, cut in half
Fabric softener
Optional: pretty paper, Mod Podge, paint brush, x-acto knife
What you need to do:
1. Before we get to the actual making of the reusable dryer sheets, you can choose to pretty up your container by cutting a piece of paper to fit the top and Mod Podging it on (one coat under and one coat over). Just because everything needs to be a little prettier, right?:)
The pretty finished top!
2. Mix together a 2 to 1 ratio of water to laundry softener, filling the container about 2/3 full.
I used regular water and store this in the refrigerator because some people have said they were worried about mold. However, I also heard if you used distilled water you shouldn’t have to worry about mold storing it out of the refrigerator.
3. Cut the sponges in half. Submerge in mixture. Close top and you’re done!
This is what the container looks like when you're done!
4. To use: Wring out two sponges and pop into the dryer with your wet laundry. Dry as normal.
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  • Patty
    on Apr 22, 2019

    I always thought that fabric softener would stain the fabric if it came in direct contact with it. Not true?

    • Robyn Garner
      on Apr 23, 2019

      You've probably seen fabric softeners, which come in liquid and crystal forms. They do what they say -- make your fabrics softer. Softener-treated clothing comes at a price, though. The chemicals (which coat your clothing) are bad news for those with sensitive skin (and anyone who avoids added chemicals, in general.)

      Fabric softener (or dryer sheets) also make the threads in your clothing break down quicker.

      Also, don't use it if you're doing towels. Fabric softener can leave a residue on towels that will make them less absorbent.

      An all-natural alternative to fabric softener is baking soda. Dissolve 1/2 cup in four cups of water, then pour it in the fabric softener slot. Or throw a splash of white vinegar in there - AND it kills germs!

      OR - (as I do), throw a splash right on top of the clothes before you shut the dryer door. 😎🙃

  • Charlotte K.
    on Apr 22, 2019

    Do I understand correctly that this helps with static cling? Does it eliminate it?

  • Linda
    on Apr 23, 2019

    How many times can the sponge be used before renewing the softner

    • Megan Aubrey
      on Apr 24, 2019

      It dries out every time in the dryer, so you have to soak it between every wash!

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  • Jen Herb
    on Apr 29, 2019

    I too do the homemade laundry sponge sheets. But I use 2 cups of fabric softener, 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of vinegar. The vinegar helps with those hard to remove , lingering odors that don't come out in the wash. And, you can't even smell the vinegar. I make up separate containers for each of my girls. I like that it last longer.

    • Jen Herb
      on May 9, 2019

      I also do a set up for the wash. I make a bottle of the same mix for washer. It extends the fabric softener and i don't have to add vinegar directly to the wash.

  • Janice Miller
    on May 23, 2019

    I saw this more than a year ago, I tried it and will not go back to the sheets. I love it. I refill it 1-1 when ever it gets low. I do not put it in the fridge, I just keep it on the dryer. No mold just fresh, soft clothes. Thank you for showing it to us.

    Janice in Campbellsville Kentucky

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