Earlier this year I shared with you natural solutions for reducing static cling. Those solutions work really well and have me ready to ditch fabric softener altogether, but I still have three full bottles of Snuggle fabric softener sitting here, one of them already opened. What do I do with them?
Well, I was browsing on Pinterest recently and came across this tutorial for DIY dryer sheets. I realized it was a great use for my leftover fabric softener stash so I thought I’d try it myself. It isn’t 100% natural and organic, but it is a great way to stretch out the leftover fabric softener. It also keeps the chemicals from the fabric softener fom going into our water, since it is being used in the dryer instead of the rinse cycle of the washer.
The process is super simple. Gather your favorite fabric softener, a large bowl or bucket and an old kitchen towel, fleece, flannel or cloth diaper. Put it into the large bowl, and add fabric softener until the towel is covered. (For my kitchen towel, it took about half a bottle) Let soak for a few hours, until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Wring out the excess, then let it air dry until completely dry. You can now toss it in with a load of laundry in the dryer. It is reusable, and should last up to 40 loads! The larger the fabric, the longer it lasts. A washcloth size piece of fabric will last 20 loads. My old kitchen towel will be closer to 30-40 loads. Any absorbent cotton fabric will work.
If you don’t have leftover fabric softener sitting around, you can make your own dryer sheets by taking the same towel and adding 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oils to it. It will last for 2-3 loads.