DIY Dryer Sheets – The Truth About the Vinegar
I know you’ve seen or heard about DIY dryer sheets using vinegar. If you haven’t then you must be living under an ‘anti-Pinterest’ rock, because I have seen them everywhere.. Of course, I gave them a try… hoping that the claims about your clothes not smelling like vinegar were true. I’m here to tell you that they are not true. If you make your own dryer sheets using essential oils and vinegar, your clothes WILL smell like vinegar.
Okay, so it’s not really THAT bad. I actually enjoy the scent somewhat. It’s a very clean smell and the vinegar is, by no means, overwhelming. It’s just that every blog post I have read about these DIY dryer sheets, states that you can’t smell the vinegar on your clothes and I just wanted you to know the truth.
You can smell it. It’s not harsh, but you can smell it. I still use them and have grown to like it, but at first I was like, “These people are crazy.”
How the Dryer Sheets are Made
If you have been living under that ‘anti-Pinterest’ rock, then I should probably share with you what I am talking about. Here is how you make these DIY dryer sheets.
Get a glass container with a lid (I found mine at Walmart). Cut up some fabric squares. Again, I bought mine at Walmart. It probably goes without saying, but I wouldn’t chose red or anything that will stain your clothes. Put the squares in your glass jar and then fill the container about half way up with vinegar. Drop in about 20 to 30 drops of an essential oil of your choice and you are good to go. Pop a couple in the dryer and it will act as a fabric softener and help your clothes smell fresh. I really do think it helps with any sour smell that can sneak its way into the laundry.
My Laundry Hack
After realizing that my clothes did have a faint vinegar smell, I decided to try out another method. I wanted to try some wool dryer balls, but for whatever reason did not want to purchase them at the time. I said to myself, “What else can I throw in the dryer that will act as a dryer ball?”
The answer, a rolled up sock. I took an old pair of my husbands dress socks, rolled them tight, and Ta Da! Now I have my very own dryer balls, for free. I drop a few drops of lavender essential oil on these before each dryer cycle and throw them in with my clothes. This gives the clothes a faint lavender smell, and helps dry the clothes faster.
Whatever dryer sheet option you use I would recommend getting rid of those ones you’ve been using for years – the ones with the toxic chemicals. Let me know what you use for your dryer sheets and if you try out my sock method.
Happy Laundry Day!!
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