Have you been wanting to ditch the toxic dryer sheets? My husband and I came up with DIY dryer sheets to keep us static-free without harsh chemicals!
My husband Dave can’t stand even a little bit of static. Even in summer he is uncomfortable! We have been trying for years to stop using toxic dryer sheets for good, and we finally found something that works! We have tried all manner of store-bought dryer balls to no avail, but the homemade hearts pictured above are doing the trick!
Until about a year ago, we were still using dryer sheets, and it made me so sad. Every natural anti-static solution we tried just wasn’t good enough. Then, last August I found out that I was pregnant and along with not changing the litterbox anymore, I decided it was time to ditch those dryer sheets for good. Coating our own clothes in toxins was one thing, but there was no way I was going to expose our little one to potential carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.
UPDATE! I finally discovered how these work. The pins divert the static electricity, so it discharges before you get your clothes out of the dryer. One pin will work, but two seems to work better. They’re like miniature lightning rods in your dryer. SCIENCE, y’all.
We used to just pin our safety pins to our clothes, but that can be risky. If the pins get snagged, you end up with a hole in your shirt. If we used something sturdier like towels, we’d forget they were on there and not have them for the next load. Making these little hearts gives you something big enough that you’ll remember to pull it out for next time. Sure, you could make squares or use rags, but aren’t these hearts a lot cuter? Laundry should be cute, y’all.
Ditching those nasty dryer sheets for good really amped up our search, and after a lot of digging, Dave found DIY dryer sheets that work!
DIY Dryer Sheets Tutorial
We were using a pair of organic cotton nursing pads before I made these little hearts as a cute replacement. The pads worked fine, but they were white and hard to see in a pile of laundry. These are easier to retrieve as you’re unloading the wash, because the bright colors stand out.
- brightly-colored scrap fabric
- scissors, sewing machine, thread, pins, iron
- two safety pins
- white vinegar
1. Cut your fabric into whatever shape you like – you’ll need 4 of whatever shape you cut out. I chose hearts, because I like hearts! Iron your cut pieces, pin them wrong sides together, and stitch them allllmossttt all the way around. You need to be able to flip them right side out!
2. If your shape has a curve: Make sure that you snip along the curve like in the photo above, so you’ll get a nice, smooth line when you flip your shape right side out.
3. Flip your shape right side out and iron, tucking in that unfinished edge. Top stitch all the way around the outside of the shape to make it nice, sturdy, and finished.
4. Pin a safety pin to each one.
5. To do your laundry: Use 1/4 cup of white vinegar in your washing machine’s liquid fabric softener tray. When you move the clothes to the dryer, toss in your homemade dryer sheet replacements, and dry as usual.
Easy peasy, right? Have you found any other dryer sheet replacements that work?
This post originally appeared at Crafting a Green World.