DIY Homemade Dryer Sheets

by Reesa
10 Minutes
These easy to make DIY dryer sheets are eco-friendly, inexpensive, and they work better than store bought brands. The next time you need to do a load of laundry ditch the harmful chemicals.

Do you want to save money on laundry? Dryer sheets can be expensive and we all know how quickly they add up! There is a really easy way to make your own. It’s cheap, eco-friendly, and it doesn’t take much time at all.

These DIY dryer sheets are easy to make, cost less than $1 per sheet, and will keep your clothes fresh for days longer than the store-bought brands.

Reusable dryer sheets are a safe alternative for sensitive skin due to the absence of harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances. Plus, this will save you so much money if you do a lot of laundry.

Check out this tutorial here on how to make your own dryer sheets!

How to Make Homemade Dryer Sheets


  • Sewing Machine
  • ½ yard flannel fabric, old towels, cotton cloth, old tee shirts or a wash cloth
  • Matching thread
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Sewing pins or clips
  • Standard sewing scissors
  • Turning tool or chopstick
  • Cutting mat and ruler, measuring tape or ruler
  • Iron
  • Pinking Shears for no-sew option
  • A few drops of essential oils

Skill Level for Easy Sew: Beginner

Approximate time to complete: 30-45 minutes

Approximate cost to make: $0.84 per cloth (costs vary from store to store)

Instructions for Easy Sew:

Step 1: Measure (12) 5 ½” x 5 ½” pieces of fabric

Steps 2-4: Pin 2 pieces with printed sides facing each other. Using a 3/8” seam allowance, sew around all four sides, leaving a 3” gap for turning. Clip your corners.

Steps 5-6: Using your turning tool, turn squares right side out and push out the corners. Press with a warm iron.

Steps 7-8: Using a ¼” seam allowance, topstitch around the entire dryer sheet. Sew a line down the middle of the dryer sheet to keep it from twisting out of shape when you use it.

Step 9 Fold and place in an airtight container or glass jar of homemade liquid fabric softener mixture (equal part fabric softener and water) or add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil like lavender or lemon for a fresh scent when doing laundry.

To use, slightly twist once to remove excess moisture and place in the dryer.

Store your own DIY Dryer Sheets in the laundry room.

No-sew instructions

if you are not a seamstress, you can still make dryer sheets. Cut 5 ½” x 5 ½” pieces of flannel fabric and trim the edges with pinking shears. This will keep the raw edges from fraying when you wash and dry them. Use each square individually just as you would the stitched version.

Use your natural dryer sheets for 2 or 3 loads before washing your sheet.

Tackle your family’s laundry on laundry day with natural ingredients. The first step is to make your own wool dryer balls and homemade laundry detergent.

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  • Ton30080840 Ton30080840 on Dec 08, 2021

    Do you put dryer sheet back into container after dryer load or just take out of first dryer load and put directly into second and third load. Stumbled onto this site. Thank you so much. A senior just trying to save money and help environment.

  • Ton30080840 Ton30080840 on Dec 08, 2021

    Another question Hiw long before I should change solution.?

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  • Alma Alma on Dec 06, 2022

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Marcy Marcy on Dec 07, 2022

    You can also cut a sponge in half and put that into the solution. Just squeeze out excess sewing involved.

    • Savant1280 Savant1280 on Feb 09, 2023

      I’ve been doing this for years! Definitely a frugal solution to commercial products; Plus they are reusable.👍