Jason and I started our homesteading journey roughly 6 years ago when I was pregnant with our first son. We were searching for an affordable and environmentally friendly laundry detergent that was powerful enough to get out the grease stains from Jason’s restaurant job and gentle enough for a newborn. I know what you are thinking – we were asking a lot from just one product! And truth be told, we couldn’t find a store-bought detergent that would do everything we needed it to. So Jason developed our own detergent that actually met all of our qualifications. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s a link: Homemade Laundry Detergent.
Through the development of this product, we have since found it is usually cheaper and better for the environment to make our own products rather than run out and buy them. Now, I will admit it is not always the easier or quicker method but the benefits usually far exceed the costs; both literally and figuratively.
A great example of this is by making your own Dryer Sheets! It is so affordable it is almost laughable! Conventional Dryer Sheets are also extremely toxic to the environment with the added disadvantage of being single-use (if you are interested in more information, here on two great articles on the subject: 7 Toxic Reasons to Ditch Dryer Sheets and Why You Need to Ditch Dryer Sheets).
What You Need:
- 1-2 old shirts
- 3/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 5-6 drops essential oil
- storage jar with lid (I like a 32 oz Mason jar)
- optional: small basket for used dryer sheets
Start by cutting your old shirt into roughly 5 inch by 5 inch squares. No need for perfection here.
Avoid using any logos for your sheets. Simply cut around them. On a side note, GO UWGB Fighting Phoenix!
Fill your jar with your cut sheets, but do not over-pack them. A 32 oz jar will fit 20-24 sheets.
Mix 3/4 cup white vinegar with 1/4 cup water and 5-6 drops of the essential oil of your choice. The oil is simply for fragrance. I chose grapefruit for an invigorating and fresh scent that is neutral enough for the whole family.
Pour the liquid over the sheets. It will starting absorbing in right away.
Screw the lid onto your jar and give the jar a few good shakes. This will help evenly distribute the liquid.
And ta-da! You just made your own dryer sheets! And it took all of about 5 minutes didn’t it? Simply throw one in your dryer with your wet load and your clothes will come out with a fresh scent and be static free. I use the optional small basket on top of my dryer to put the dry sheets into when they come out for my own convenience.
So what does it cost? 24 dryer sheets cost me a total of 19 cents, or just short of a penny per sheet. I was previously using Target Free and Clear sheets, which cost $6.49 and would get me 240; or just under 3 cents per sheet. This means my sheets are not only reusable and environmentally friendly, but they are also only 1/3 of the price!! That is some happy math!
I’d love to hear about any environmentally friendly projects you have going on at home! Drop me a comment here or check me out on Instagram as tacklemayhem_susan. Have a beautiful and blessed day!