Bouncing Around Ideas for Homemade Dryer Sheets

Use leftover fabric and your favorite essential oils to make reusable scented dryer sheets.

| June/July 2015

  • Essential Laundry Oil
    Keep mystery ingredients out of your laundry by switching to homemade dryer sheets.
    Photo by Fotolia/Botamochy

  • Essential Laundry Oil

My husband loves Bounce brand scented dryer sheets. For the longest time, I tolerated using the sheets in our laundry because of him, but they’re full of toxic chemicals I don’t want on our skin or in our laundry. Last year I decided on a more natural approach, and my husband never even noticed the change. I keep scrap fabric by the dryer with a selection of essential oils. When I put a wet load into the dryer, I put a few drops of essential oil onto a piece of fabric and then throw it in. These homemade dryer sheets work wonderfully.

A classic essential oil to use is lavender, but a mix of ylang-ylang with vanilla or sweet orange smells great, too. These scented dryer sheets, especially if paired with homemade detergent, are an easy and toxin-free way to have fresh-smelling laundry.

Andrea Wilson
Peterborough, Ontario

Amy
1/26/2018 9:30:28 AM

I use wool dryer balls in the dryer and sometimes put EO directly on them. If static is a problem, try drying a little less or keep a mister bottle fillled with filtered water, essential oils, and a pinch of salt. The mist of water gets rid of static as you pull things from the dryer and the pleasant scent is a bonus. My favorite right now is a YL blend called Purification. (Be sure to shake your bottle well before each use. The tiny bit of salt will help to emulsify the oil. Your spritzer also works as a room spray.)


Amy
1/26/2018 9:13:06 AM

I use wool dryer balls in the dryer and sometimes put EO directly on them. If static is a problem, try drying a little less or keep a mister bottle fillled with filtered water, essential oils, and a pinch of salt. The mist of water gets rid of static as you pull things from the dryer and the pleasant scent is a bonus. My favorite right now is a YL blend called Purification. (Be sure to shake your bottle well before each use. The tiny bit of salt will help to emulsify the oil. Your spritzer also works as a room spray.)


Larry
1/26/2018 8:43:43 AM

Like all essential oils, it is not a pure compound; it is a complex mixture of phytochemicals, including linalool and linalyl acetate







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