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« on: May 25, 2016 06:33:54 AM »

I have sensitive skin, so I can't use a scented detergent or fabric softener in my laundry. But, I still wanted to have fresh-smelling laundry! I did a search for DIY dryer sheets and found a couple of tutorials. They're all pretty basic, so I'll do a rough how-to:

Materials:
Fabric squares (mine were 10" X 10" cotton fabric scraps)
White vinegar
Essential oils (I used lavender... because I couldn't find the rest of the oils I bought)
Clean, empty, glass jar

Directions:
1. Edge the fabric squares in whatever way you want. You can hem them (that's what I did), serge or zig-zag them, or just cut them with pinking shears (quickest way).



2. To the glass jar, add about 1/2 cup of the vinegar and 10-12 drops of the essential oils (you can add a little more if the scent isn't strong enough).



3. Take the fabric squares and stuff them into the jar to soak.



4. To use the squares, squeeze out the extra solution (back into the jar- it can be used several times before you need to replenish it).

5. Toss them into the dryer with your laundry, and you're good to go!

A couple of notes:
Use fabric that doesn't bleed. I didn't pre-wash my fabrics, and a bit of color bled into the vinegar solution.

I noticed that my towels smelled slightly of vinegar (but not the sheets), so I'm not sure if they needed to be dried for a little longer.

I used 4 sheets per load, but you could use more or less depending on the size of the load.

The scent wasn't super strong (I used 8-10 drops of oil), so you may want to add more, depending on your preference.
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2016 12:26:47 PM »

 That's a neat idea. Thanks!
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2016 03:27:01 PM »

Neato! Since moving to a dry and static-y climate, I have started using vinegar in my washer's fabric softener dispenser and similar dryer sheet situation myself! I never have a vinegar scent, but I'm so sensitive to manufactured scents that I think I'd prefer it to just about all the scented softeners out there anyway! Smiley  It's great to use something so natural, so inexpensive, and so much easier on my sensitive skin and sinuses!
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2016 03:43:36 PM »

I definitely feel better about using a natural homemade version! And, the only thing I've noticed the vinegar on is the towels, and I can deal with that, easily. I'm trying to transition to natural cleaners throughout the house. Because I'm cheap, I can't just throw out the store bought chemicals, but as I run out, I'm trying to replace them with greener options (homemade or eco-friendly store bought).
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2016 06:00:51 PM »

I definitely feel better about using a natural homemade version! And, the only thing I've noticed the vinegar on is the towels, and I can deal with that, easily. I'm trying to transition to natural cleaners throughout the house. Because I'm cheap, I can't just throw out the store bought chemicals, but as I run out, I'm trying to replace them with greener options (homemade or eco-friendly store bought).

I am pretty much on that path myself. We have hard water so I clean almost everything in the bathroom and kitchen sink with vinegar or a vinegar mix. We're members at Costco where 2 gallons costs less than 1 gallon at most of the local grocery stores. We also use quite a bit of baking soda which also costs remarkably less at Costco. I had made my own laundry soap for years, but rain out while my dominant hand was in a cast and couldn't grate one of the ingredients, so bought the dye-free, fragrance free stuff which worked, so I bought it again when I rain out. Still thinking I'll go back to the homemade soon, though.

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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2016 05:31:32 AM »

I never think to shop at the wholesale club stores for ingredients! Great idea!  I haven't tried laundry soap, yet, because I'm not sure how my skin will like it. But I used homemade dishwasher detergent, and it works great!
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2016 07:04:38 AM »

I think it's great that you ladies are going all natural with your household products!  It's great for you and teriffic for the environment!

I have something I wanted to add to the conversation...

I purchased a "special" *ahem, cough, expensive* soap and a "special", (ahem again  Tongue) shampoo.  I have roseca (where your facial skin is red) and thin hair.  I hoped to subdue the roseaca and thicken my hair.

My body broke out into chicken pox like spots and my hair started falling out!!!!  Literally.

Natural ingredients in our household/body/bath items are highly underrated.
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2016 07:21:54 AM »

I never think to shop at the wholesale club stores for ingredients! Great idea!  I haven't tried laundry soap, yet, because I'm not sure how my skin will like it. But I used homemade dishwasher detergent, and it works great!

I had no issues with the homemade laundry soap. When I went to the store bought I started getting some mild irritation and that was because I had been using too much and it wasn't rinsing all the way for certain loads. Or at least, that was the thing I changed and it cleared up.

I made dishwasher soap (not detergent) and it just didn't work for us. I assume it's because of the mineral content of our well water. Our glasses were becoming permanently foggy. So, back to the store bought for that!
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2016 03:46:40 PM »

I'll probably give the laundry detergent a try this summer. At least if I break out into a rash I won't have to go to work.
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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2016 05:59:01 PM »

I'll probably give the laundry detergent a try this summer. At least if I break out into a rash I won't have to go to work.

Good luck!
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