Easy DIY Dryer Sheets
I decided to make some diy dryer sheets because I’ve been avoiding dryer sheets for awhile. I never liked their strange sticky texture or their overly sweet smell, and I’ve heard they have potentially harmful or skin irritating ingredients, so I try not to use them. But, from time to time I want my clean clothes and linens to have a nice scent. So I decided to figure out how to make my own. Here’s how to make your own dryer sheets, best of all it only takes a few minutes to make.
Time: 3 minutes
Keep in mind these diy dryer sheets will only scent your laundry, they won’t soften your clothes like their store-bought cousins do. Never fear though, you can use either baking soda fabric softener or one of these other simple homemade natural fabric softeners to soften your clothes instead.
– What You Need –
You probably already have what you need laying around your house, which is another reason I like this idea.
- towel or other absorbent fabric
- essential oil
- scissors (optional, lol)
That’s it all you need, here’s how to do it:
– Step One –
Prepare Your Cloth
For my dryer sheets I am using a washcloth. Cut your cloth into square sections (or whatever shape you want), I’m just quartering my washcloth.
Some people recommend a four or five inch square, but any size would work well. You really only need enough cloth to absorb a few drops of essential oil, and be large enough not get completely lost in your load of laundry.
You want to use fabric that it absorbent so that it will hold the essential oils well, and slowly disperse it as the dryer runs. Thin fabric will release the essentials oils more quickly instead of slowly and evenly throughout the course of the drying cycle.
– Step Two –
3-5 drops essential oils
After you’ve prepared your cloth sprinkle 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil onto the cloth. Personally I really like pine essential oil, so that’s what I am using for my dryer sheets.
As with most essential oil projects you can use as much or as little as you like, make it your own, and have fun.
Lavender is also a good essential oil that would work well for making these homemade dryer sheets.
– Step Three –
That’s all there is to it. Now just throw it into the next load of laundry you put in the dryer.
When it’s done you’ll have a load of great smelling laundry.
– How’s It Work? –
For me, this worked great. These homemade dryer sheets didn’t leave as strong of a scent as I had expected, but they did work. When I pulled my towels out of the dryer they all had a nice subtle pine scent which I love.
I think part of the reason the smell wasn’t as strong as I had expected is because of the essential oil I used. Some are stronger than others, so it might take a couple of loads to get the right amount of the specific essential oil you are using dialed in.
That’s it for this one, short and simple. If you want to give your laundry a nice scent without all the chemicals give this diy dryer sheet a try. You can read my full post on homemade fabric softeners for other great fabric softening options.
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Thursday 1st of April 2021
Thanks for these recipes! One question...I noticed on your post about scenting dryer balls that you suggested letting the oil soak into the balls for 10-20 min and then using them on already dry laundry on a non-heat setting. This scented dryer sheet post didn't mention those tips, so I am wondering if the same precautions are recommended for the sheets too, or if it's not necessary because they're thinner / won't absorb as much oil as the balls. Any clarification you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks again for your recipes, I'm enjoying them!
Tuesday 29th of September 2020
Do you reuse the "sheets" or wash them and re-scent?
Monday 12th of October 2020
I will typically reuse them once or twice after the first use. I just give them a quick sniff and once they've lost the majority of their scent I'll wash and re-scent! Thanks for the question Nancy!
Thursday 28th of February 2019
I absolutely loved all the recipes and I've already got my spray bottle mixed up with my lemon oil my vinegar and water that's going to be my carpet cleaner freshener and I'm definitely going to make the homemade dryer sheets right now with lemon oil thank you so much for your help!
Thursday 23rd of January 2020
Suzanne, I love the recipes too! Thank you so much for taking the time to read the posts and try the recipes out!
Thursday 26th of May 2016
Hi!!! I am a holistic Dr, organic blogger...www.liveandloveorganics.com I'm on the same page as you. No chemicals. Thanks for what your doing to encourage change. Blessings
Thursday 23rd of January 2020
Thank you for your comment!