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Aug
26
2010

Making Homemade Dryer Sheets

I don’t know about you guys but we do a lot of laundry in my home.  Fortunately,  my husband does all of our laundry. I am a huge fan of Bounce products and it’s something I would normally buy even if I didn’t have a coupon.

Unless you are using coupons those dryer sheets can be somewhat expensive. I’ve got a few solutions to help you stretch your wallet.

Homemade Dryer Sheets-

Option A: Fill a Tupperware Container with 2 parts water and 1 part liquid fabric softener. Cut a kitchen sponge in half. Soak the sponges in the solution over night. The next day you can squeeze all the excess liquid out of one of the sponges and toss it in your dryer. Then toss it back in to soak when your done.  I recommend putting a black x on one with a permanent marker so you can remember which one still needs to soak.

Option B: Add 2oz of liquid Fabric Softener in a spray bottle and fill it with water. Spray a wash cloth, rag or old sock and toss it in the dryer. Works just like a dryer sheet and if diluted properly it won’t stain your clothes. (I always recommend you do a test run before you try any home remedy so you don’t ruin something nice.)

Option C: If you don’t mind the smell of white vinegar add  1/4 -1/2 cup to your wash. Softens towels and gets out musty smells. Vinegar is very inexpensive.

If you have a fabric softner tip to share I’d love to hear it.

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  • Chan Momto3 August 27, 2010, 2:10 AM

    Nice :) Thanks I am definatly going to try ~A :)

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  • Mara August 27, 2010, 4:49 AM

    Have you personally tried any of these? Did they stain and which one worked best for you?? Thanks Marilyn

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  • TheConsumerQueen August 27, 2010, 12:11 PM

    I have done both the vinegar and the sponge. I still reccomend doing a test because everyones washing machines are different. Works perfect for mine. I am doing a test on the spray bottle now.

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  • jms619 February 22, 2011, 2:03 AM

    but these still utilize fabric softener which is still pricey =/

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    • TheConsumerQueen February 22, 2011, 2:06 AM

      Not when you use coupons and you are also diluting it to make it stretch 3 times as longer. When you compare that to normal dryer sheets you are saving more money. Unless of course you are getting the free dryer sheets we posted about this week.

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  • Jabdodd February 22, 2011, 2:11 AM

    Vinegar works great int he laundry , I also use liquid dishwashing detergent in my whites with the soap. Gets out that red clay stain all the time.

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    • TheConsumerQueen February 22, 2011, 2:15 AM

      Dish soap? Really? I haven’t heard that one thanks for sharing! Note: This is probably safe for normal washing machines but i would be careful if you have the new HE ones

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  • Slreeve February 22, 2011, 12:21 PM

    I love Vinegar as a fabric softener and deodorizer. It does smell when you put it in the washing machine but not after the clothes are dried. It just leave a great fresh smell. It also removes the soap residue for those who have a sensitivity to it .

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  • TheConsumerQueen February 22, 2011, 12:58 PM

    Yes I love Dollar tree

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  • TheConsumerQueen February 22, 2011, 12:59 PM

    Yep Vinegar works great too

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  • Melindacaples February 22, 2011, 3:49 PM

    I’ve been using vinegar instead of fabric softener for years and everything comes out smelling good.

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  • Kathy February 22, 2011, 6:25 PM

    Do you think Jabdodd above meant DISHWASHER soap in with her whites that gets red clay out? It often has a bit of bleach in it & might not oversuds like dishWASHING soap might…I’d love to know for sure as I live among GA red clay!

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    • Queen_Mum February 22, 2011, 10:54 PM

      That’s a good question….I didn’t think about that but you’re right it wouldn’t oversuds like the dish soap.

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  • claire March 2, 2011, 10:16 PM

    These are great ideas! I have used the vinegar in the past and it works just fine. It does have that smell untill your clothes are dried. You could combine the 2? Save a lot has a huge bottle of vinegar for super cheap!

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  • Katrina March 2, 2011, 11:19 PM

    We are using the 2parts to 1 part with a sponge and we bought our fabric softner with a coupon (although I later found out I could have used that coupon at dollar tree and got my fabric softner free that week). Another benefit to the vineger is if you have a front load washer, it helps to keep the hoses and such clean and combat against any mold issues that are so commonly complained about. We don’t have a front load washer yet, but one of these years when we replace our set I hope too.

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  • JamesonsMommy June 18, 2011, 9:03 AM

    I love dish soap to get grease stains out of my sons shirts (french fries) just pre-treat and scrup a little.. i’ve found that old bottle brushes work great in the laundry room… just make sure it is bleach free and you rinse before you run it through the washer. :)

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  • Amanda June 18, 2011, 9:06 AM

    I use the multiple sponge method and LOVE it!!! I only squeeze out about 2/3 of the liquid from the sponge because I didn’t feel like my clothes were as soft if I squeezed it all out. I usually do laundry only once a week so I have cut up 4 sponges in order to make 8 dryer sponges. I also make my own baby wipes and will try to make my own laundry soap in the next week or two!

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    • Consumer Queen June 18, 2011, 9:16 AM

      Amanda you will have to email me your homemade Laundry Soap and baby wipes and we can post it on CQ and give you credit

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  • miranda June 18, 2011, 10:58 AM

    I make the homemade wipes and there really easy and work really well you get a roll of papertowel I have tried many and the vive or bounty or members mark brand have worked best you cut the paper towel roll in half pull out the cardboard put it in a container I use the a tall one that is used to store cereal in a cup mix 1c water 1tbs baby oil 1tbs baby shampoo and 1tbs witch hazle mix it together and pour it over the papertowels let them soak for about 20min before using and also some papertowels are more absorbent to need a little more water but that part is just trial and erreor the witch hazle I get from the dollar store hope that helps someone

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  • Thomas Townsend December 30, 2012, 11:51 AM

    I was told years ago, similar toy your option (2), you can also use hair condioner on a wash cloth! I looked it up, I found a link that might interest you… http://tipnut.com/frugral-fabric-softener-recipes-dryer-sheet-tips/… there were also other remedies and tricks you might want to look into? Thanks, the fabric softner trick really worked well! Question though? To save even more on fabric softner, if I use the homemade dryer sheet, can I cut out adding softner to the washing machine all together?

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    • Queen Mum January 2, 2013, 2:47 PM

      Thomas you should be able to just use the homemade dryer sheets :)

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  • Penny Mason May 30, 2013, 11:49 AM

    I’ve used vinegar directly in my washer for every load and then line-dry clothes or dryer and they all smell nice and fresh. Also the vinegar helps keeps the washer and drain clean out from the soap scum.

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  • Terri June 29, 2013, 9:16 PM

    When I first heard about this years ago from a book on budget living, I took the box of sheets I had and when I used them, I put them in a Gatorade bottle with a little softener which I already had. Same thing, but a small usage of space for me was essential. Still do it today.

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  • Susan Ghent November 24, 2013, 2:54 PM

    Hello, I love the ideas.
    I do my own laundry soap super easy. This is what I do.
    I shred a bar of fal-nafta with a cheese grader.Put about 6 cups of water in a large sause pan or any large pan. Warm up but don’t boil, add the fels-nafta shreed up to the hot water stiring off and on till disoulved, while waiting get a 5 gallon bucket fill 3/4 of the bucket with hot tap water ,when you are done with the soap in the pan shut it off and add 1 cup super washing soda and 1 cup Borax, then add to the bucket of hot water stir well and put aside till next day, it should be thick by then,
    if you wish add essentail oils for smell,about 20 drops,but i have added some of my favorit laundry soap. You can now thin it down again it should make 10 gallons,I just add water to it as I use it, i use a cup use hale soap and half water,now this for a extra large washer load so you may use less, I love it.
    Take a five gallon bucket fill 3/4 way with hot tape water.

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