Boxes of dryer sheets can get expensive when you're doing five or six loads of laundry each week. The good news is that there's a quick and easy way to create your own sheets, and it's much cheaper and exposes you to fewer chemicals.
Research by Environmental Health Perspectives showed that traditional scented products like dryer sheets release volatile organic compounds into the air. The scientists found that even products advertised as "natural" or "organic" emitted hazardous chemicals. You can reduce the health risks associated with VOCs by making your own dryer sheets and other scented home products.
Keep your family's clothes soft, static-free and smelling fresh with this easy tutorial.
- Sealable plastic or glass container
- 100-percent cotton fabric
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 8 drops essential oil, any scent
- Cut your fabric into 5-by-5-inch squares. Any type of cotton fabric will work, whether it's an old T-shirt or scraps from a craft project. You can make as many sheets as you want, but if you make fewer than 20 or 30, consider cutting the recipe in half.
- Pack your cotton squares into the resealable container.
- Mix together the vinegar and essential oil in a bowl. Start with eight drops of oil and add more for a stronger scent. Some good essential oil options are tea tree, lavender, lemon or peppermint.
- Pour the liquid into the container with the cotton sheets and tightly close the lid.
- Let the fabric soak for a day or two.
- To use a sheet, pull it out, squeeze out any excess liquid and place it in the dryer with your clothes. Save the fabric squares to reuse when you run out of sheets.
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