Tuesday, April 5, 2022

DIY Dryer Sheets With Essential Oils

Learn how to make reusable dryer sheets.  This is a very easy recipe that keeps your clothes soft and smelling fresh without artificial ingredients.  





DIY Dryer Sheets With Essential Oils


My mom used dryer sheets, so I used dryer sheets when I moved out.  I used them for a few years, but then I read about the chemicals that are in them. 


I was also trying to avoid artificial scents because I'm allergic to basically everything.  So we went without dryer sheets for many years.


Although I really didn't miss the actual dryer sheets, I did miss my laundry having that fresh scent.  Your clothes and sheets smell so fresh when they hang to dry in the sun, but I don't hang my laundry all the time.


My clothesline is close to the fields, so I don't hang my clothes when the fields are being plowed, planted, or harvested.  


I was scenting my homemade powdered laundry detergent, but these DIY reusable dryer sheets are easier to make.


Besides, these reusable dryer sheets have vinegar in them, which helps reduce odors naturally.


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Why Shouldn't You Use Dryer Sheets?


Here are some reasons to replace your dryer sheets with DIY dryer sheets:


  • The fragrance and softening agents in dryer sheets can be irritating for those with sensitive skin or with lung problems.
  • Dryer sheets have a coating on them that can build up on fabrics.  This makes towels less absorbent, and it can interfere with the flame retardant treatments on some fabrics.
  • The coating can also build up on your dryer.  Over time, this can affect your dryer's performance and might shorten its lifespan.
  • Dryer sheets are a single use item.  Sure you can reuse them once or twice, but they still end up getting tossed.  These reusable dryer sheets are no waste.

What Can I Use in Place of Dryer Sheets?


If you want to avoid using dryer sheets, here are some alternatives:


  • Use vinegar in the washer or in the dryer for softer clothes.  These DIY dryer sheets with essential oils have vinegar in the liquid.
  • Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the washing machine.  Don't use baking soda in the washer if you use vinegar.
  • Use wool dryer balls.  They bounce as the clothes dry, which softens your clothes.  
  • Make your own reusable dryer sheets.  These have vinegar to soften your clothes and essential oils for a light scent.

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Do Reusable Dryer Sheets Work?


Yes, these DIY dryer sheets work just as well as the box from the store.  Vinegar helps naturally soften clothes and reduce static.


I also added essential oils for a natural scent.


What Essential Oil is Good for DIY Dryer Sheets?


You can use pretty much any essential oil or essential oil blend to make DIY dryer sheets with essential oils.  However, I recommend using a blend that can help kill germs in clothes so your laundry smells better.


I used Revive's Tumble and Tidy essential oil blend.  It's a blend of lavender, lime, rosemary, tea tree, bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium, sweet orange, litsea, and jasmine essential oils.  


It smells amazing for laundry, and lavender and tea tree oil help kill germs.





Simply Earth has a recipe for laundry in one of their Essential Oil Recipe Boxes that uses Tangerine, Clean and Fresh, and Thyme.  Tangerine is often used in cleaning, and it's also uplifting. 


Thyme essential oil has a strong odor, but it's an excellent natural antimicrobial oil to use for cleaning.


Clean and Fresh is a blend of fir needle, lemon, neroli, and grapefruit.  It's uplifting for aromatherapy, and it helps freshen fabric.  


You could also use one of the following essential oils or blends:



You can use essential oils that just smell good for your DIY reusable dryer sheets.  Try one of these fun essential oil blends that smell like candy.


Learn how to create your own essential oil blends with essential oil blending factor worksheets.


DIY Dryer Sheets With Essential Oils Notes and Tips


  • Use a cotton fabric to make your reusable dryer sheets.  I used white fabric that came with my box.  You can reuse fabric or buy new fabric.
  • Cut the fabric squares with pinking shears to reduce fraying. 
  • The fabric will eventually fray.  Just cut off the frayed edges and keep reusing.
  • You can cut the recipe in half for less liquid.
  • Make more liquid to add to the jar as needed.


DIY Reusable Dryer Sheets Ingredients


You will need the following to learn how to make reusable dryer sheets:






How to Make Reusable Dryer Sheets


Step #1


Combine the essential oils and vinegar in a small bowl or directly in the jar.





Step #2


Add the cotton fabric squares to the jar.  I folded mine so they fit easier.  Place the lid on the jar and swirl around to combine the vinegar and essential oils.





Step #3


To use, remove a piece of fabric and squeeze excess liquid into the jar.  Add the fabric square to the dryer.  


When you take the laundry out of the dryer, place the fabric back in the jar for the next time.


Now you know how to make reusable dryer sheets! 


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dryer sheets, essential oils
Yield: 4 ounces
Author: Cari @ Homesteading in Ohio
Estimated cost: $5

DIY Dryer Sheets With Essential Oils

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 5 Mtotal time: 10 M
How to make DIY dryer sheets with essential oils.

materials:

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 40 drops of Tumble and Tidy essential oil blend
  • 8 ounce container 
  • Cotton fabric squares (about 4 inches square)

steps:

  1. Combine the essential oils and vinegar in a small bowl or directly in the jar.
  2. Add the cotton fabric squares to the jar. I folded mine so they fit easier. Place the lid on the jar and swirl around to combine the vinegar and essential oils.
  3. To use, remove a piece of fabric and squeeze excess liquid into the jar. Add the fabric square to the dryer.
  4. When you take the laundry out of the dryer, place the fabric back in the jar for the next time.
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