DIY Dryer Sheets

DIY Dryer Sheets

Whether you are doing laundry for 1 or for 10, I think we can agree that a lot of dryer sheets are put to use every year. Think about how many are thrown away in your own home. Now consider adding that to your neighbors, then your neighborhood, onto your town…I think you get the point. If not, the point is, A LOT of dryer sheets get thrown away every year. What a waste!

DIY dryer sheets do not require a lot of effort, time, money or skill – so there’s no reason we can’t all be doing this! The best part is that you can tell people that you make your own dryer sheets, all while saving the world and cutting costs. Now that I have your attention, let’s take a look at how to make your own dryer sheets!


Fabric Softener
Storage Container

If you have rags sitting around the house, use them! No need to buy new ones if you don’t have to. This is all about saving and cutting costs! If you don’t have any extras, remind yourself that it is only a one time investment. When I started making my own dryer sheets, I didn’t have a lot of rags sitting around, so I bought new ones.

Any fabric softener will work – I used Gain for mine.


Simply fill your bowl with the fabric softener of your choice and let the cloths get completely soaked. Wring them out. Hang to dry. Store in a container of your choice (Mine of course matches my laundry detergent container).

How much fabric softener you use will vary depending on the material you are using and how well you are wringing them out. But keep in mind that you can always pour the extra back into the bottle, so don’t worry about wasting! I use an old wash tub to soak mine, but a bowl works great, too!

I don’t have a clothesline outside so I simply hang a piece of twine from our corn crib and hang them up that way. Do whatever works for you with what you have so you can keep costs low.

TIP: Make sure you let the cloths dry completely before you storing them away. This will take a long time! I am very impatient so I try to do them first thing in the morning so that I can get them hung up right away. Then I get busy working on other projects and try to forget about them so I don’t jump the gun.


Throw one sheet in with each load. Simple as that! They leave clothes soft and smelling great. I love to pair this with my DIY laundry detergent because there is no scent in the detergent.

You can re-use each sheet until it is no longer giving you the desired results. They will typically last for about 30 loads of laundry! I just set mine aside until I am down to the last one and I go through the process of dipping and drying all over again. I typically only make these once every year or so and I do 15 at a time.


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