I’ve seen a lot of reusable dryer sheets on Pinterest and around the web. Every time I see them I think what a great idea it is.
Like a lot of things I think, “I should do that someday” and that’s as far as it goes.
However, in this instance I was inspired while shopping at the Goodwill a couple of weeks ago. I found a couple of pairs of men’s flannel pj pants and realized how great they would be for making my own dryer sheets!
The biggest plus?? The price, both had the green tag which meant they were only $1 each!! $2 dollars for a nice amount of flannel?? I’ll take that!
I try my best not to spend a ton of money on projects that are meant to save money. Obviously the perk of having reusable dryer sheets is the fact that they will last and last saving money. (They’re also non-toxic which in itself is good reason to make them!)
If you happen to have an old flannel shirt or other cotton clothes laying around you can make these for virtually nothing… which, my friends, is fantastic!
Here’s what you’ll need-
Fabric- about 2-3 sq. feet (Flannel, cotton, terry cloth… you want a natural, absorbent material)
White Vinegar (1 Cup)
Distilled water (1 Cup)
Essential Oils (optional) (Check out this post to find my favorite resources)
An air tight container for storage
This is a very simple project, a little cutting, a little pouring and you’re all set.
If you’re using an old flannel shirt or PJ’s the first part is to dismantle them You want to make it so that you have flat pieces to work with. (I used one leg of each pair of my pants, I’m saving the rest for more projects)
Once you’ve done that you can start cutting your sheets out. I was totally not paticular about this part… I didn’t measure or try to make them perfect… Cut them about 6×6 in. If you’re starting with a piece of fabric you can mark it and get nice perfect squares. If you’re upcycling you may end up with some different shapes to maximize your fabric.
You want to cut them with your pinking shears, this will minimize fraying. If you don’t have pinking shears you can sew a zig-zag stitch around the edge, or you can let them fray a little bit, they are after all, dryer sheets.
Once you have them all cut out fold them up and stick them in your container.
Now measure out your vinegar & water and mix them together, if you are adding essential oils now is the time to do it. Drop them into your vinegar and give it a stir. I used Lime, lemon and peppermint- about 10 drops of each. You can customize the scent if you want, make lavender ones for sheets and pillow cases, add a little tea tree to kill germs on your towels… whatever floats your boat, the scent possibilities are endless.
Pour your vinegar over you sheets and put the lid on.
That’s it! They’re ready to use. To use them squeeze out any excess (you want them pretty damp but not dripping) and pop one in the dryer. For larger loads I use 2. When they come out of the dryer with your clothes just fold them back up and stick them back in your container! As needed just add in more vinegar and essential oils!
The vinegar is a natural anti-static and the eo’s scent your clothes beautifully! And you’ll never have to buy dryer sheets again!
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