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    • #325585

      When out of fabric softner, go in your kitchen and grab some aluminum foil. Crinkle it into a ball & throw in your dryer with your wet clothes. The foil takes all the static out and clothes look great!

      I do this all the time. Saves on money too!

    • #445759

      Do you re use the foil or do you have to use a new piece each time? and how big a piece??

    • #445763
      Avatar for sheliprosperiFreebieQueen
      Moderator

      @tamunn 381016 wrote:

      Do you re use the foil or do you have to use a new piece each time? and how big a piece??

      About the size of a golf ball will work fine and you can use it over and over again.

    • #446114

      About 12″ and I use it until it falls apart. So far the one im using now I’ve had for over a month. .

      Hope you try! Really is worth it! 🙂

    • #446770

      Oh my gosh! This is brilliant! Thank you..I don’t often use my dryer…

      only in emergencies, but this is really good to know.

    • #446837

      If you take your clothes out before they are bone dry, they won’t have the static. The moisture helps with that.

    • #446849

      Would you recommend regular or heavy duty foil? Thanks. Ro

    • #447278

      Wow…I m gonna give it a try…thank you for the tip!

    • #447337

      I use vinegar in place of Fabric Softener. It softens and stops static cling. It’s also very cheap.

      In question to using foil in the dryer; Does it snag nylon clothes? Just wondering.

      Stormie 🙂

    • #447382

      thanks great tip..can’t wait to give this a try!

    • #447430

      @Stormie 394760 wrote:

      I use vinegar in place of Fabric Softener. It softens and stops static cling. It’s also very cheap.

      In question to using foil in the dryer; Does it snag nylon clothes? Just wondering.

      Stormie 🙂

      i was wondering about the ‘snag’ thing also…and if i run out of fabric softener, i use white vinegar too.

    • #447451

      I’ve used white vinegar in the final rinse,

    • #447519

      What a clever idea; thank you. I think that aluminum foil ball would be worth tossing into the dryer every time. (I’m a “newbie – first post. I hope I’m sending it right!) umm, Post Quick Reply, right?

    • #448023

      vinegar,thats all I use ,clothes are soft,less wrinkles

    • #448160

      Regular works better I think. It forms into a nice hard ball 🙂

    • #448162

      I put my Nylon in a bag so cant answer this. Although, after 2 uses of the foil ball it gets hard like a gulf ball so I would think it would be ok but let it get hard first.

    • #448163

      Lol thanks! And yes, quick reply. 🙂

    • #448414

      I am going to try this right now. I do use my dryer in winter, with a diverted filter that warms my basement nicely.

    • #448420

      Thanks for the tip!! Will try it tomorrow!

    • #448438

      I love this tip. I have been using vinegar in my washer to help with it, but it doesn’t eliminate it all, so I still deal with static. Yay for another solution!

    • #448529

      Yep~ done this!!! Works great!!!

    • #448537

      I always use 1/4 cup of white vinegar in all of my clothes! Makes bath towels so soft and I do not have static on my other clothes.

    • #448557

      For those who still want the clothes to smell like fresh daisies… try diluting your fabric softener or just use less in each load! Doesn’t help when you are out, but surely stretches what you have to keep you from running out as often!

    • #448611

      Definitely gonna try this, I already use vinegar in the washer.

    • #448693

      Something I have done to stretch my fabric softener is to add vinegar once I have used half the bottle. I then save that bottle and when I buy more, I fill the empty bottle half with fabric softener and half with vinegar. Now I have two bottles of fabric softener for the price of one.

      I have also noticed that the vinegar keeps my towels smelling fresh. I bought some new color towels and it seemed like no matter how much I washed them and used fabric softener, they still seemed to have a stale smell. Once I started using the vinegar, I noticed that the smell went away.

    • #448975

      Should I assume that you use white vinegar??? If this is answered somewhere, please forgive me, I’m not getting how to find stuff on this site yet. Some I can, some I can’t and some directions are just as confusing.

      Thanks, Kat

    • #448978

      @kwarlick 413626 wrote:

      Should I assume that you use white vinegar??? If this is answered somewhere, please forgive me, I’m not getting how to find stuff on this site yet. Some I can, some I can’t and some directions are just as confusing.

      Thanks, Kat

      Who exactly are you replying to?? If you’re replying to the original 1st thread about using aluminum foil for a dryer sheet, than no, you don’t need vinegar as well. When you want to reply to something, hit the reply with quote in the bottom right hand corner of the post and then edit the quote to leave just the couple of lines you’re responding to.

      That way people know what you’re asking about when you respond to a thread with 20+ replies. 😉 and you’ll get a quicker answer.

    • #449041

      brilliant! Have to try that

    • #449055

      I use vinegar in the rinse cycle,but when I use my dryer I wanna try this.

    • #449431

      If you are referring to my post about the vinegar and fabric softener, then yes I do use white vinegar.
      @kwarlick 413626 wrote:

      Should I assume that you use white vinegar??? If this is answered somewhere, please forgive me, I’m not getting how to find stuff on this site yet. Some I can, some I can’t and some directions are just as confusing.

      Thanks, Kat

    • #449813

      @sheliprosperi 376512 wrote:

      When out of fabric softner, go in your kitchen and grab some aluminum foil. Crinkle it into a ball & throw in your dryer with your wet clothes. The foil takes all the static out and clothes look great!

      I do this all the time. Saves on money too!

      New to site and just came across this tip and ready to give it a try as I’ve one load left to dry and all out of softener!

    • #450619

      This is an awesome tip! And cheap too! Thanks !!!

    • #450821

      I like to add vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser. Clothes come out clean and with less static. Has anyone tried adding essential oils to vinegar that is used as fabric softener?

      How did it go? Were you able to mask, or work with the smell of the vinegar? Thanks!!

    • #450852

      I found this tip at just the right time. I ran out of foil, went to the store to buy more, then came back to find that I was out of fabric softener! You’re a life (and gas) saver.

      Thanks:)

    • #450915

      Thank you for the tip! I am going to have to try it when I run out of fabric softener!!!

    • #450918

      I have never heard of this before but willing to try. I have had itchy skin that the dermatologist believes might be caused by the dryer sheets.

    • #450919

      I’ve heard that dryer sheets are a fire hazard. At work, where we stay with people who need extra help, we aren’t allowed to use dryer sheets. The fire marshall wouldn’t let us.

      Has anyone else heard this?

    • #450935
      Avatar for sheliprosperiBlanchard1
      Participant

      I’ve never heard that. Here’s an idea though. Make the homemade fabric softener or store bought if you aren’t allowed to make it, dilute it and drop in a sponge.

      Wring out the sponge and toss it into the dryer. VIOLA you have a “Dryer Sheet”. 🙂

    • #450982

      Thank you for this great tip! I use vinegar in my wash cycle but still have so much static with my clothes! I hate using fabric softener which is expensive and full of weird chemicals!

      I will try this tip today:)

    • #451030

      @Smile7 431607 wrote:

      I’ve heard that dryer sheets are a fire hazard. At work, where we stay with people who need extra help, we aren’t allowed to use dryer sheets. The fire marshall wouldn’t let us.

      Has anyone else heard this?

      i have heard this. fabric sheets cause a film in the lint catcher that can cause a fire. i once saw something on tv where they showed someone running water on a lint catcher and the water didn’t go through the holes because of the build up from the fabric sheets.

      at the time i was using fabrics sheets and tried it. i had so much film that the water just sat there as if it was in a bowl. after that i washed it and never used dryer sheets again.

    • #451251

      They have precut aluminum foil seets at the Dollar store! Can probably get over a year’s worth for $1.00!

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