October 9, 2008

Green Living: Homemade Dryer Sheets

By now you know I'm a little obsessed with laundry, particularly with making my own frugal, natural options for cleaning and drying. I've been using those rubbery, nubby balls for the dryer, which work great, but I thought, why not make my own dryer sheets?

Simple enough. Just take some leftover fabric and cut out two, roughly 6 inch squares. Flannel works great, and those extra receiving blankets that worked so well for my homemade baby wipes can be used for dryer sheets too.

Sew the fabric together around the edges (leaving a small opening for stuffing) and then turn it inside out. Fill the bag with lavender buds, flax and/or other fragrant herbs like rosemary or thyme. Sew the opening shut, and voila, a dryer sheet. I made up about 6 while I had the machine out and since a small piece of fabric goes a long way. For more power, put a few drops of essential oil on the cloth as well. You'll need to reapply this every few washes.

For an even easier dryer sheet, just sprinkle 4-5 drops of essential oil on a piece of fabric and toss it in the dryer with your clothes. Don't use too much oil or you may stain your clothing. My camera battery is dead at the moment, or I'd take a photo for you. But you can guess how they look.


  1. Great idea! I've got a stock pile of essential oil and old t-shirts, so I'll have to try that. :)

  2. Yes indeedy!
    That's very nice tip Kathleen; thank you!

  3. So these dryer sheets just make the laundry smell nice, or do they do something to reduce static as well? I don't use dryer sheets at all and my laundry comes out fine, but growing up in a dry climate, we needed them to keep the static down. I like the idea of lavender-scented laundry, though!

    Thanks for the Thrifty Green Thursday tip!

  4. so those rubber balls do work? I might have to give them a try. I like the lavendar idea though.

  5. What a lovely concept! You make thrifty, green living so elegant in every post. I love that your ideas are both practical and aesthetically appealing. I don't use dryer sheets either, but you may just have inspired me! Thanks for your contribution to TGT this week!

  6. What an awesome idea! Woo hoo!

    We use dryer balls too, but some times I get nostalgic for that snuggle fresh scent.


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