Have you ever wanted to try creating your own DIY Natural Fabric Softener or DIY Dryer Sheets? Both can be very easy to create and they work just as well as any expensive store version. Check these easy recipes out!
DIY Natural Fabric Softener and DIY Dryer Sheets
When you stay in one place and get used to living in a certain climate, it makes for some interesting living when you move across the country and discover that what works in one place just will not work in another.
Those of you that get my newsletters know that our family is currently living in Ohio. Far from our South Dakota roots. We are only living here for a year or so as we work through an internship with the missions organization we are now with full time. Overall, it’s been quite the experience so far and we’ve learned so much. Not just about the work that we are and will be doing more of in the future, but also about living in an area that is very different for that which we are used to.
Our rental home here has well water and for the most part, it’s been ok. We use our Berkey for all of our drinking water and although the showers get pretty rusty looking, the water doesn’t smell bad. The trouble is that the washer and dryer in our rental are about 100 years old (not really though because that would almost be better if they were!) and they don’t work like they used to. Plus the static…oh the static!
I will admit that fabric softener and dryer sheets were not something I’ve used much of before. It just seemed like we didn’t need them in the climate we were in so I never bought them. But now, I thought it might be helpful to add a few more frugal staples to my homemade frugal laundry strategies plan and so today I’m going to share with you some very easy and frugal ways to make a DIY Natural Fabric Softener and some DIY Dryer Sheets!
DIY Natural Fabric Softener
What You Need:
How to Make and Use DIY Fabric Softener:
In a small bowl, mix the salt and the oils together. Add 3 tablespoons (or less) of the mixture to each load of laundry that needs fabric softener. (Add directly into your washer, not into the little containers.) You can add the same amount of essential oils in any combination that is your favorite if you prefer a different scent.
You shouldn’t need to add fabric softener to every load of laundry that you do, only those that tend to get a little stiff or those you plan to line dry.
Note: If you are using the homemade Laundry Detergent recipe in my book (not the one here on the website) you do not need to use this fabric softener since the detergent already contains salt. Also, Ginger can be a little more on the expensive side for an essential oil. If you are on a tight budget, just stick with the grapefruit oil.
DIY Dryer Sheets
What You Need:
- 1 DIY Fabric Softener Recipe (above)
- 1 cup water
In a small saucepan, add the ingredients from the DIY Fabric Softener recipe along with one cup of water. Slowly heat the water and stir occasionally until the salts have dissolved into the water.
Remove the liquid softener from the stove and pour it into a small basin or tub. Add several clean cloth rags tot the tub and let them soak up the water. If you want to add more scent, you can add a few more drops of essential oils into the mixture at this point.
Wring most of the liquid out of the rag and rag it to air dry. After the towels have dried, fold them and place them next to your dryer so they are ready to use. To use a fabric softener sheet, just toss one of the rags in with your laundry when you put it in the dryer.
You should be able to get at least a dozen uses out of each of these DIY Dryer Sheets before you should wash them and resoak with the solution.
Alternatives to using DIY Dryer Sheets:
- Wool Dryer Balls
- Baking Soda – Add a bit to your washing cycle to help freshen and soften clothes. (Will not help with static)
- Vinegar – Add to your washcloth and stick in the dryer. Apple Cider Vinegar works best.
- Aluminum Foil Ball – Just toss in the dryer for help with static.
Some other homemade things that you can try making soon!
- Homemade Laundry Detergent
- Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
- Homemade Baby Wipes
- Homemade Jewelry Cleaner
- Make Your Own Reed Diffuser
Find many more Frugal Laundry Strategies here!
If you love these DIY dryer sheets and fabric softener recipes you will absolutely love my book, Little House Living: The Make Your Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life. It features 130 recipes just like these that are perfect for your household!
Do you make your own DIY dryer sheets or DIY natural fabric softeners? How do your recipes differ? Do they work well for you?