Fabric Softener can become pricey if you do a lot of laundry! So why not make your own reusable dryer sheets?

This eco-friendly DIY project is not only inexpensive to put together– but can be used over and over again with an added bonus of NO toxic additives!

DIY Dryer Sheets

Supplies:

  • Air tight container (I purchased this jar at Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon)
  • 3/4 cup of Vinegar
  • Cloths (or reusable wipes you can find in the cleaning aisle of most supermarkets)
  • Tea Tree oil or any other scent of essential oil

First, you’ll want to cut your cloths into smaller pieces (see my picture above). I chose to use the Clorox Handi Wipes. I ended up cutting them into four pieces per sheet, making them a little smaller than the size of an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.

Next, create your mixture of vinegar and whatever oil you choose to use. I chose an essential oil that smells like spring (I am seriously ready for winter to be over with). However, you can choose any scent you’d like. The vinegar is used to help soften your clothing.

Put your cut pieces of cloth into the air tight jar and add your mixture to dampen the cloths. Just make sure you keep your container securely closed and that’s all there it to it!

A few tips to keep in mind:

When removing a sheet from the jar, make sure you squeeze out any excess liquid back into the jar, then just toss in the dryer as you would a dryer sheet.

You can use old t-shirts or washcloths in replace of the store bought Clorox Handi Wipes, which were $1.99 at Meijer. With the Handi Wipes, I had more than enough sheets with some to spare.

Using these sheets can help you save a few bucks or more a month while making your clean and dried clothing smell amazing. It’s truly a win-win.

Questions? Comments? We’d love to hear from you.

Create your own DIY Dryer Sheets Tutorial

32 Comments on DIY: Easy Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets

  1. Liz
    February 21, 2013 at 9:29 am (4 years ago)

    Clorox Handi Wipes are going to have toxic additives and just a reminder that some essential oils do cause skin irritation (lemon, cinnamon, and peppermint to name a few). Other than that I am sooo going to try this with the reusable cloths you talked about!

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    • Megan Fenno
      February 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you Liz for your advice – I honestly didn’t think about the Clorox Handi Wipes having toxic additives but it that is an issue, you can always use old t shirts or rags that have been washed over and over again as you said. Let us know how it goes!

      Reply
  2. Liz
    February 21, 2013 at 9:29 am (4 years ago)

    Clorox Handi Wipes are going to have toxic additives and just a reminder that some essential oils do cause skin irritation (lemon, cinnamon, and peppermint to name a few). Other than that I am sooo going to try this with the reusable cloths you talked about!

    Reply
    • Megan Fenno
      February 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you Liz for your advice – I honestly didn’t think about the Clorox Handi Wipes having toxic additives but it that is an issue, you can always use old t shirts or rags that have been washed over and over again as you said. Let us know how it goes!

      Reply
  3. jordan
    February 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Sounds great but does it help with static?

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    • Megan Fenno
      February 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm (4 years ago)

      Unfortunately it does not. But turning the heat down on your dryer should help some with static. 🙂

      Reply
  4. jordan
    February 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Sounds great but does it help with static?

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    • Megan Fenno
      February 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm (4 years ago)

      Unfortunately it does not. But turning the heat down on your dryer should help some with static. 🙂

      Reply
  5. scott
    February 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm (4 years ago)

    How much oil do you add?

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    • Megan Fenno
      February 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Ah, I forgot to add that. I added about 10 drops and that did the trick. It wasn’t too overwhelming but you could smell a slight hint of the fragrance 🙂

      Reply
  6. scott
    February 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm (4 years ago)

    How much oil do you add?

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    • Megan Fenno
      February 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Ah, I forgot to add that. I added about 10 drops and that did the trick. It wasn’t too overwhelming but you could smell a slight hint of the fragrance 🙂

      Reply
  7. DAWN
    February 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm (4 years ago)

    how many times can you reuse these

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    • Megan Fenno
      February 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Dawn,

      I believe you can use them as many times as you can before the cloths wear out or the solution drys up, in which you can just make a new mixture of vinegar and essential oil.

      I’m not at the point yet, but will give an update later in the year 🙂

      Megan

      Reply
  8. DAWN
    February 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm (4 years ago)

    how many times can you reuse these

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    • Megan Fenno
      February 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Dawn,

      I believe you can use them as many times as you can before the cloths wear out or the solution drys up, in which you can just make a new mixture of vinegar and essential oil.

      I’m not at the point yet, but will give an update later in the year 🙂

      Megan

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      • dawn
        February 27, 2013 at 9:37 pm (4 years ago)

        thanks

        Reply
  9. Diane
    February 28, 2013 at 1:30 am (4 years ago)

    Tennis balls also work great and they help with the static – have been using this for over a year and it’s fabulous!

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    • Rikki
      March 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm (4 years ago)

      How do you use tennis balls? Do you add fragrance to them?

      Reply
      • Megan Fenno
        March 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm (4 years ago)

        Hi Rikki,

        I haven’t used tennis balls before but I’ve heard they work as an excellent fabric softener. Let me see what I can find for you and I’ll reply back. Thanks!

        Megan Fenno

        Reply
  10. Gail
    September 18, 2013 at 10:25 am (4 years ago)

    I use aluminum foil balls for fabric softener and helps with static too.

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    • Megan Fenno
      September 20, 2013 at 9:05 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks for the tip, Gail. I’ve seen this idea floating around but never heard from anyone if they actually used a foil ball and how well it worked. Good to know 🙂

      Reply
  11. Gail
    September 18, 2013 at 10:25 am (4 years ago)

    I use aluminum foil balls for fabric softener and helps with static too.

    Reply
    • Megan Fenno
      September 20, 2013 at 9:05 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks for the tip, Gail. I’ve seen this idea floating around but never heard from anyone if they actually used a foil ball and how well it worked. Good to know 🙂

      Reply
  12. CaySedai
    October 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm (4 years ago)

    My mother-in-law used sponges soaked in fabric softener liquid in her dryer. You could cut a sponge in two and keep the halves in the jar. That wouldn’t add any chemicals that the first commenter mentioned.

    Reply
    • Megan Fenno
      October 7, 2013 at 9:53 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks for sharing, Cay! 🙂 That’s a great idea!

      Reply
  13. CaySedai
    October 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm (4 years ago)

    My mother-in-law used sponges soaked in fabric softener liquid in her dryer. You could cut a sponge in two and keep the halves in the jar. That wouldn’t add any chemicals that the first commenter mentioned.

    Reply
    • Megan Fenno
      October 7, 2013 at 9:53 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks for sharing, Cay! 🙂 That’s a great idea!

      Reply

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