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Dryer sheets are typically used for laundry, but what you might not be aware of is that these sheets come bearing toxic chemicals. A few of these toxins have been identified below:
- Carcinogenic chemicals – can cause kidney and liver tumors
- Petrochemicals – can cause visiondistortion, aphasia, and memory loss
- Phthalates – can disrupt the endocrine system, causing infertility and non-reproductive disorders
- Ammonia compounds – can cause asthma
- Formaldehyde – can cause eye, nose, skin and throat irritation, disturbed sleep, and vascular collapse
Now that you are aware of the toxins that these dryer laundry sheets contain and their resultant damage, let’s make natural and reusable dryer sheets at home with no more than four supplies.
DIY Natural Dryer Sheets
If you are looking for a natural way to freshen and soften your laundry, here’s a quick and simple DIY hack to make your very own toxic-free dryer sheets.
What Will You Need?
In order to make your own dryer sheets, you need the following essential ingredients:
- Amber spray bottle
- White vinegar – 1 cup
- Old cotton crib sheet (for making the reusable sheets)
- Essential oils
If you don’t have an amber spray bottle available at home, use any spray bottle that you can get your hands on. Otherwise, you can check out this Amber Glass Spray Bottlefrom Sally’s Organics. We recommend using an amber glass spray bottle primarily because it can safeguard the aromatic and therapeutic properties of the essential oils we shall be using in this hack.
If you don’t have access to a cotton crib sheet, you can stick to any cotton cloth that is washable, can absorb fabric softener and dries quickly.
How to Prepare the Dryer Sheets?
Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the amber glass spray bottle followed by the essential oils. If you are a fan of scents, you can pour more than a few drops of the essentialoil mixture into this solution. Otherwise,20-25 drops areall that you need to have your laundry feeling fresh and smelling good as new.
When deciding about the different essential oil combinations, you can choose from the following to create a fragrance:
- Lagunamoon Essential Oils Gift Set
- Engive’sAromatherapy Essential Oils Set
- Plant Therapy Top 6 USDA Certified Organic Essential Oils Set
With this, you have successfully created a fabric softener that can be sprayed on the cotton sheets that you have cut out into small 4*4-inch squares. For each round of drying, spray the softener on one of these square sheets and throw it into the dryer while it’s turned on. Remove once it’s dry and keep for future use.
Not only have you saved a few dollars with this easy and quick DIY hack for dryer sheets, but you have also acquired peace of mind by using non-toxic dryer sheets that are safe to use for your family. So, what are you waiting for? Bring out those essential oils and experiment your way into a pleasant aroma for organic, homemade dryer sheets now!