Sustainable Saturday!

It’s Sustainable Saturday! (a day late, my bad!)

Today is all about making your own, reusable dryer sheets. This ticks so many boxes on the Earth friendly list! Not only are you using old fabric from clothes or blankets that you would normally throw out, but you’re also making a replacement for typical dryer sheets. It’s sustainable times two!

The typical dryer sheets have chemicals that are not great for you, your family, or pets. They can actually be toxic if a pet eats them. My pets will eat anything, so this is a huge concern for me. They also always end up in the trash. Even if you use them more than once, they will still, eventually, end up in a landfill.

Making and using reusable dryer sheets is better for you and the Earth! Bonus, if they dry out, all you have to do is add more of the liquid mixture and you can keep using these dryer sheets over and over and over again!

DIY Reusable Dryer Sheets

You Need:

  • Several pieces old, natural fabric (ie. cotton, fleece), about 3 square feet worth
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • essential oils if your choice
  • fabric scissors (for cutting up the old fabrics)
  • needle and thread (not necessary, but make them last longer)
  • Air tight container

Directions:

  1. Cut the fabrics into squares about 5in. x 5in.
  2. You can sew the edges of the squares to give them a clean edge. They will last longer this way and won’t fray as quickly, but you can skip this step if you choose
  3. Pour the vinegar, water, and essential oils into the airtight container and mix. You’ll need about 10-15 drops of oil.
  4. Stuff in the fabric squares
  5. Allow the fabric to soak up the liquid. You can shake up the jar of necessary to make sure all the liquid gets absorbed.

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