A few months ago, I tried several “DIY Dryer Sheet” recipes and let’s just say they were all total fails. I tried everything from aluminum foil balls to rags soaked in DIY Fabric Softener, and the biggest issue was that my clothes came out full of static. Truth be told, I continued using store-bought dryer sheets because the whole reason I use them is to avoid that static-cling… Fast-forward to a couple weeks ago. Someone in one of my Facebook groups said to clip safety pins to your dryer balls. Honestly, I didn’t think this was going to work at all. I had tried adding aluminum foil to my dryer, which sounded like the same concept, but this time I got very different results…
What You’ll Need to Create a Dryer Sheet Alternative
- Dryer Balls- I made my own dryer balls (and you can learn how to do that here) or you can buy them.
- Safety Pins
- Essential Oil (Optional)- I use Lavender Essential Oil- Not sure where to buy essential oils? Check out this post.
Directions: Dryer Sheet Alternative
Truly, this could not be easier. Grab your dryer balls and clip a safety pin through the yarn.
If you miss the fresh scent of dryer sheets, simply add a few drops of essential oil to the dryer balls.
I have found that the scent lasts through 2-3 loads of laundry before needing a couple more drops. (I keep a bottle of lavender essential oil on the laundry shelf so it’s easy to add when needed.)
Like I said above, I truly thought this was going to be another fail, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I have now done about a dozen loads of laundry using this method, and each load was soft and static-free. Who knew?!
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