DIY Homemade Dryer Sheets
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!
- 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
- 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.
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.
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