3/22/09

HOMEMADE DRYER SHEETS

How to make dryer sheets.


Materials:
• Cotton Fabric
• Pinking Shears
• Spray Bottle
• Fabric Softener (any brand)

Instructions:
1. Using your pinking shears cut fabric into 8"x8" squares.
2. Fill your spray bottle with fabric softener.
3. When you're ready to do a load of laundry, spray a cotton square 6 to 8 times & toss it in the dryer.
Tip: Wash your squares every once in a while to remove buildup of softener. With a little care, these dryer sheets should last for years.

"… Dryer sheets are made of fabric softener, like Downy, dried onto a small piece of fabric. It's just the stuff you put in the wash, but in solid form… If you make your own dryer sheets, one bottle of fabric softener can last you more than a year, & you'll save some big bucks…"
[Book: The Big Ass Book of Crafts by Mark Montano]


After reading this book I decided to research this for myself and I found more recipes on how to make your own dryer sheets. Below are a list of the recipes I've found.

Other Recipes:

• Recipe #1: Put liquid fabric softener into an old, cleaned spray bottle. Spray 4 to 6 sprays on a rag and tumble with clothes in dryer as ususal. Wash the rag now and then to remove buildup.

• Recipe #2: Mix 1 cup fabric softener with 2 cups water in spray bottle. Spray 4 to 6 sprays on a rag and tumble with clothes in dryer as ususal. Wash the rag now and then to remove buildup.

• Recipe #3: Mix 1 part hair conditioner and 1 part water in spray bottle. Spray 4 to 6 sprays on a rag and tumble with clothes in dryer as ususal. Wash the rag now and then to remove buildup.

• Recipe #4: Fill spray bottle with vinegar. You can add a few drops of essential oil to the vinegar if desired. Spray 4 to 6 sprays on a rag and tumble with clothes in dryer as ususal. Wash the rag now and then to remove buildup.

• Recipe #5: Soak an old washcloth in liquid fabric softener. Ring out excess softener and then lie flat to dry. Toss dried cloth in dryer as needed. You’ll be able to reuse your cloth about 12 times before you’ll need to wash the cloth and re-soak in fabric softener.

Compiled from the following links:
[About.com, Frugral Fabric Softener Recipes & Dryer Sheet Tips, & Making Your Own Fabric Softener]

[Curbly.com]

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