Homemade Dryer Sheets - The Surznick Common Room

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Homemade Dryer Sheets

Growing up, my family was a fabric softener family, and Sarah's was a dryer sheet family. Moving into our first apartment with in-unit washer and dryer, we gravitated to the easier dryer sheet method. However, after wanting to cut back on wasteful practices in our day to day lives (like we did here and here), we sought to find an alternative method. The largest and most distinct advantage of dryer sheets over fabric softener is that you don't need to add softener to your washer at a certain point of the cycle; they are simply easier.

These homemade dryer sheets give us both the softness of fabric softener, and the ease of dryer sheets, while eliminating unnecessary waste! 

And on top of that, they are essentially the easiest project we've ever done.

Here's what you need:
- Fabric softener of your choice
- Washcloths or rags
- A bucket or large container

Here's what you do:
- In a large container or bucket, soak your washcloths in fabric softener until they are completely saturated.
- Wring each washcloth out really well, getting rid of as much excess fabric softener as you can.
- Hang up washcloths to dry. We hung ours from hangers in our bathtub in case there were any drips.
- Pour additional fabric softener back into the bottle to use next time.
- Once washcloths are completely dry, just toss them in the dryer with your clothes and use them!

I can't honestly say just how many cycles these sheets will last just yet, but I have done 2 so far with the same cloth, and my clothes are still coming out of the dryer soft! I've seen some people online say that they use them as many as 5-8 times, and other people say they lasted for FORTY cycles! For now, I'm just going to keep using them until they're all used up! I'll have to let you know how many cycles one cloth gives me! Once you get through your initial batch, you can reuse the same washcloths to make more!

Do you have any other waste-eliminating tips that you use in your apartment or home? Share with us in the comments below!

Sarah & Nick


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