How To Make Your Own DIY Dryer Sheets

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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 –

diy dryer sheet ingredients

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 –

diy dryer sheet cut your cloth 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 –

diy dryer sheets add essential oil 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 –

Drying Time

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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– Lance

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6 thoughts on “How To Make Your Own DIY Dryer Sheets”

  1. Lynn Schriner

    Hi!!! I am a holistic Dr, organic blogger…
    I’m on the same page as you. No chemicals.
    Thanks for what your doing to encourage change.

  2. 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!

    1. 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!

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