I have pretty sensitive skin–in fact, I’m allergic to an awful lot of chemicals. For that reason, I primarily use fragrance-free, natural home cleaning products and I’m always on the look out for Do-it-Yourself options. I recently saw a blog post for DIY dryer sheets and thought I’d try it out. And since one of my nieces is very much into cruelty-free living, I wanted to make some for her, too.
When I checked out the original blog post for the DIY dryer sheets, there were lots of pictures, but no actual information. I played with the ingredients until I found the right combination. It’s simple to make and seems to work okay, but more importantly for me, there were no weird side effects and my skin is fine. You might want to try this out for yourself.
1-quart Mason jar (or clean spaghetti sauce jar, etc) with lid
Essential oil of your choice
1/4 yard of cotton fabric
Using pinking sheers, cut fabric into 12 squares
- Combine white vinegar and essential oil with a 1 cup to 5 drop ratio. I used lavender oil because I find the fragrance relaxing and wanted a soothing fragrance for my linens. Because I used a 1-quart jar, I used two cups of vinegar and 10 drops of essential oil.
- Put fabric squares and liquid into a resealable jar, allowing the liquid to soak into the fabric.
When ready to use, wring excess liquid from a fabric square and throw it into the dryer with your damp clothes. When your clothes are dry, just put the fabric square back into the jar until you’re ready to reuse.
Because I also made this as a gift, I included a gift tag with an ingredient list, directions, and recipe to make more. I also added a piece of coordinating fabric to the lid to dress it up a bit. I haven’t heard back yet from my niece, but I hope they’re working out for her as I know being healthy, taking care of the environment, and cruelty-free are important to her. If they’re important to you too, you might want to try this simple solution.