• MYO Reusable Dryer Sheets

    Chocolate Ricotta Muffins-b101-dryer-sheets-sm.jpgDryer sheets can become quite costly over the course of the year. Here's how we made homemade dryer sheets for free . . .
    We had some sponges laying around the house (for as long as I can remember!) and since I'm not a fan of using sponges to clean with, I was trying to come up with a way to use them. If you don't happen to have some on hand, you can get a bag of 6-8 for $1 at your favorite dollar store location. We frequently send for free samples of items and I had several different ones laying around the house. Of course, if you don't send for samples, you could always use your favorite brand of softener, 1 bottle should last you a couple years with this recipe.

    You'll Need:
    a Few Cheap Sponges
    1 pkg Fabric Softener (sample size) (or about 1/3 c. of any brand)
    Water (about 1 1/2 cups)
    Shallow Container

    Snip the corner off the sample size package of fabric softener and dump it into your shallow container. Fill the container about 2/3rds of the way with water. Stir well to mix.

    Cut the sponges in half and place them into the container, allowing them to absorb the mixture.

    To Use: Gently squeeze out 1 sponge, wringing it out completely, and then toss it into the dryer with a load of wet clothes, and dry normally. When the clothes are dry, place the dehydrated sponge back into the mixture until the next time.

    Some folks have reported spotting on their clothing, this is due to using TOO much Fabric Softener or from neglecting to WRING out the sponge Before throwing it in the dryer.

    Keep the homemade dryer sheets covered between uses.

    This works just as well, if not better than the store bought counterparts and can be made for free!

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    Comments 20 Comments
    1. seasidegirl's Avatar
      seasidegirl -
      Where do you get sample size fabric softener
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by seasidegirl View Post
      Where do you get sample size fabric softener
      You watch the Freebies Forum and send for the samples when they're shared. They various companies send out free samples of them all the time. The link was in the post or at the top of every page, it simply states "freebies"
    1. Oceannia's Avatar
      Oceannia -
      This would be perfect for my granddaughter and me since we are allergic to dryer sheets.
    1. AndreaGwyn's Avatar
      AndreaGwyn -
      Another place you can get a sample size fabric softener, a laundromat all have machines dispensing small packets of soaps, and dryer-sheets or liquid softener.
    1. 1ptcruiser's Avatar
      1ptcruiser -
      Great idea! Another alternative which I do is to grab a dedicated old neutral face cloth. Take an empty spray bottle and fill 1/4 full with liquid fabric softener. Fill bottle with water. Spray old face cloth with this and toss cloth into dryer. Re spray cloth for each load. This way there is no other tub soaking sponges laying around.
    1. terrispink's Avatar
      terrispink -
      Love this idea. I will be trying this soon.
    1. kyuuei's Avatar
      kyuuei -
      These guys don't cover everything--wrinkles and static will still plague your clothes if you just use these. BUT, fortunately, there are super cheap/free ways to fix that too.

      If you keep a tennis ball and a ball of aluminum foil at the bottom of your basket, you can dump them into the dryer with your washed clothes and that'll make the balls 'bounce' around and keep the clothing from twisting up and wrinkling, and the foil will collect the static you don't want too. It's really no extra effort to have one of each in a laundry basket--the tennis balls typically come in packs of 3.

      Also, if you want, you can do like I do and pre-wring the sponges out and stick them in a zip-lock bag. If you see excess water collecting at the bottom of the bag you know you have them too wet and you can wring them out again. You just want them damp, so I just wring them, leave them on the counter for the first load of clothes so some of the water evaporates, and stick them all in a bag. Then they'll last and be perfectly moist the rest of the time so you can just toss them in load by load.

      To make the fabric softener yourself: A water bottle filled with 2 parts conditioner (some free hotel conditioners work okay for this, but I just buy the cheap great smelling conditioners + coupons), 3 parts vinegar, 6 parts hot water. Shake to combine.
    1. DoodleBug1213's Avatar
      DoodleBug1213 -
      I absolutely love this idea!
    1. Tessren's Avatar
      Tessren -
      Great ideas all of them. I like the suggestion of the cloth and spray bottle.
    1. jpatt's Avatar
      jpatt -
      Will it not mildew or mold sitting in the box or in a bag? Otherwise sounds like a good idea!
    1. Poponna's Avatar
      Poponna -
      Great ideas... Going to try it out
    1. mechelle's Avatar
      mechelle -
      I've been doing this for a few months now. Along with using my homemade detergent, which before the significant other was complaining his clothing didn't smell clean. Now he loves it and it helps that we aren't spending $20 + a month on laundry supplies.
      He works in the shipyard, while not as rough on clothing as a mechanic or certain other manual jobs, his clothes reek to the point the kids and I won't go near him till he's showered after work. The laundry detergent and semi homemade fabric softener work wonders on his clothing.
    1. gmdietz's Avatar
      gmdietz -
      Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei View Post
      These guys don't cover everything--wrinkles and static will still plague your clothes if you just use these. BUT, fortunately, there are super cheap/free ways to fix that too.

      If you keep a tennis ball and a ball of aluminum foil at the bottom of your basket, you can dump them into the dryer with your washed clothes and that'll make the balls 'bounce' around and keep the clothing from twisting up and wrinkling, and the foil will collect the static you don't want too. It's really no extra effort to have one of each in a laundry basket--the tennis balls typically come in packs of 3.
      According to my friend's dryer repair guy, tennis balls are not good for your dryer. You can make your own dryer balls by creating a ball with 100% wool yarn and then felting it by washing it in hot water. I had given her some and her dryer guy said those were the best things she could use. Or I just found this other idea on pinterest - softer than tennis balls which I think is what the issue is - banging up the sides of the dryer. http://campwander.com/2012/08/diy-la...ls-for-lovely/

      (Link Updated by mod to Credit Original Source of the project shared.)
    1. bsfuqua's Avatar
      bsfuqua -
      How do I save this diy for future reference?
    1. gmdietz's Avatar
      gmdietz -
      Bsfuqua - go to the original post on this thread, click on the link to the DIY and you will see a "save to favorite/save for later" button. You can also pin it to pinterest if you belong to that.
    1. kez1955's Avatar
      kez1955 -
      I have been using these dryer sheets for three months and have had no issues. Ta
    1. StephTodd's Avatar
      StephTodd -
      I always love MYO ideas. I love them even more when the writer is upfront and lists the "not so good" stuff along with the tips to avoid these problems. Great post and very informative. Thanks!!
    1. sweets3068's Avatar
      sweets3068 -
      I like this idea much better than a tub of sponges sitting around. Thank you :
    1. nmandpa's Avatar
      nmandpa -
      Quote Originally Posted by DoodleBug1213 View Post
      I absolutely love this idea!
      Thanks for the post on making your own fabric softener....but will that make your clothes smell like vinegar? And I am assuming you are meaning WHITE vinegar and not cider vinegar....Thanks so much again for posting!
    1. Lostsheep67's Avatar
      Lostsheep67 -
      I have been using this idea that we found on another site for over a yr now and can't tell you how much money we save by doing this. You have a wide variety of scents to chose from. I like Snuggles with Frebreeze in it. We bought 4 large sponges and cut them in half and now we have sponges ready for 4 or more loads depends on how much scent you want on your clothes. A bottle of Snuggles will last us about 4 to 5 months or longer. I just use snuggles and add water to it in a 2 to 1 ratio with water being the most. I really love this and will continue to use it.


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