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How to make your own dryer sheets

How to make your own dryer sheets - Step by Step Directions

I am very excited to share with you a how to make your own dryer sheets, thanks to our reader, Cindi. She posted this frugal tip on our facebook page and I asked her if she would share a step by step “how to” for you and not only did she agree she include photos! I am so appreciative!

1. Start with some bright colored terry rags (or you can use sponges), so that it easy to spot in a load of clothes.  (However, you can use any color).

2. Pour fabric softener into a bucket or bowl. Soak the rag in the fabric softener for about 5 minutes.

3. Let the rags soak in the fabric softener for 5 minutes.

3. Wring out the fabric softener.

4. Hang up the “dryer sheets” to dry or you can use it wet if you need it right away.

5. Add to the dryer like you would a dryer sheet. Use them 4-5 times, then just repeat these steps again.

6. Pour the remaining fabric softener back into the bottle to reuse the next time.

She says that this allows you to use the same bottle of fabric softener for months!  Thanks so much Cindi! You are the best!

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  1. Jessica Allender says

    This is great. I use dryer sheets to add a “good smell” to my clothes so this would be a great way to cut down on fabric softener and dryer sheets! Thanks

  2. chasity says

    This is such a good idea, to save money…and never have to worry when i go in the store and they have my scent of detergent but out of the dryer sheets of the same scent i want but has liquid in that kind. thanks

  3. Dawn says

    many softeners (or detergents too) are oil based….does this leave any ‘moisture mark’ on the clothes after they dry?

  4. Darlene Ogata says

    This same tip can be used with sponges. I used to cut a kitchen sponge into about 5 pieces and keep them in a jar of half strength fabric softener. (1/2 water, 1/2 fabric softener) To use it, just squeeze most of the liquid out, toss the sponge into the dryer with the load. When you unload the dryer, just place the sponge back in the jar to use again. Easy, saves money, and your clothes come out with less wrinkles and smelling great.

  5. Amanda says

    You can also add vinegar to your laundry ( works best if you have the fabric softner dispenser in your machine), then there is no need to add anything else when you put it in the dryer.

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