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.

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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

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