I’ll admit, I’ve always been too much of a penny pincher to opt for dryer sheets. I remember getting a box from someone and cutting each sheet in half to make them last longer because I surely wasn’t going to buy any! Of course, that was all before going green and crunchy. Now that I’m into a more natural way of living, I avoid buying dryer sheets for more than just frugal reasons.
Dryer sheets as it turns out are full of nasty ingredients. Did you know that over 25 volatile air pollutants are found in laundry products? These air pollutants are not just harming the air we breath in! They can also harm us. Fabric softeners can cause a whole host of issues for people who are chemical sensitive but even those who are healthy can develop health concerns like asthma just from having nice smelling laundry! There are other more concerning health issues from laundry products as well, like benzene which has been linked to leukemia according to the American Cancer Society.
So I guess my penny pinching ways were secretly helping me all those years ago!
However, I know many of you like nice smelling clothes. Not that mine smell gross, mind you! I usually just use my wool dryer balls. But wool dryer balls don’t have that frolic-through-the-flowers smell either… What’s a natural minded person to do?
How about some all natural dryer sheets?
Yes, this is another DIY but it’s not a very hard one and it’s definitely not time consuming! You really will not spent any more time than you would if you were to pull out a store bought dryer sheet. I promise.
All Natural Dryer Sheets
Place 3-5 drops onto one fabric square just before turning on your dryer.
Toss fabric square into your dryer with wet clothes and turn dryer on.
When laundry is dry, your clothes should smell great!
Locate fabric square and return back to your laundry room so that you have it for your next load.
Reapply essential oils for each new load of laundry.
You really only need one fabric square as you can only dry one load of laundry at a time… but if you aren’t going to be searching for that dryer sheet before running another load (you are trying to create Mt. Laundry, for instance) then, it’s a good idea to have 3-5 dryer sheets.
Note: You could also just stick the essential oils on your wool dryer balls if you already use those!