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"Dryer Sheets"
October 6, 2010
6:59 am
Riverton, KS
Big Chicken
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Homemade “Dryer Sheets”

1 bottle of your favorite fabric softener

4 cheap sponges

1 (2  1/2 gallon) bucket with lid



Pour softener into bucket. Using the softner bottle,
fill it up 2 times with water and pour into bucket. Mix together and
drop in sponges. For every dryer load add 1 mostly wrung out sponge.
Works just like a dryer sheet, softning your clothes and removing
static. And best of all your not putting the fabric softner down the
drain because it is extremely bad for the environment!

February 27, 2011
9:54 pm
New England
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I have wanted to try this but some of the family has allergies to scented things like fabric softners.  I'll have to look for an unscented liquid.  Right now I use free and clear dryer sheets but re-use them for scrubbing pots, pans and dishes.  They make great little scrubbies!   Thanks for posting this!

February 27, 2011
10:54 pm
North Central WV

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I've done this and it works great – I quit doing it in the Winter though only because my basement is COLD and this became really hard on my hands. The rest of the year it's super and WORKS! I toss the sponges in with a washer load now and then to clean them and toss them back in the mixture. Super cheap and with making my own laundry soap I am saving a lot of money.



If common sense were truly common, wouldn't there be more evidence of it?

February 28, 2011
8:31 am
S.W. Ga., USA
Mighty Chicken
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Used dryer sheets also work under a ball cap or other head gear as a pest repellent!  And if you dangle one out the back of your ball cap & onto your neck they also work as neck protection from the hot sun!  They also work great for cleaning the lint off the dryer filter….but if you use them, be sure to scrub your dryer lint screen about every 3 months as they can cause a build up that slows down air flow & makes the dryer work harder!

If I learned something today, the day wasn't a waste!

February 28, 2011
9:25 am
DownEast Maine
Mighty Chicken
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So, I have tried to keep away from dryer sheets and this is perfect, because believe it or not, I am a sheet newbie.  Despite trying to keep away, the dry air this time of year is making me CRAZY and I went to the co-op to find a less environmentally challenged dryer sheet.  Your tip, mygirls, is so much better!


I knew that the sheets had more than one use, and so I went searching on the web.  I found tons of uses for old dryer sheets.  Here are a couple (because I have to use the dumb things up before I can get that sponge going)


When you finish drying a load, hold on to the dryer sheet, and wipe
down the inside of your dryer’s drum, your lint trap, the outside of
your washing machine and dryer, and scrub away any excess or spilt
laundry detergent. – I like this one because I can't seem to get the kids or DH to be 'neat' about spilled detergent.

soap scum on your glass shower door? Simply use an old dryer sheet to eliminate the mess. – I can't wait to try this, however, scrubbing my shower is pretty low on the housekeeping duty list so it may still be awhile.

Keep your window blinds clean longer by wiping them periodically
with used dryer sheets. The anti-static properties of the product will
actually help to repel dust and dirt.  ditto to the above.

Wipe the
blades of scissors clean with a used dryer sheet to remedy those that don't work very well. Now this could be helpful!


I don't know if these work yet – and I'd love to hear from anyone about that – but I hope they do…  now to find less damaging liquid fabric softener.

…and then they bought the goat! :D

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