Published on July 17th, 2013 | by Becky Striepe32
How-to: Homemade Dryer Sheet Replacement
Homemade Dryer Sheet Tutorial
We were using a pair of organic cotton nursing pads before I made these little hearts as a cute replacement. The pads worked fine, but they were white and hard to see in a pile of laundry. These are easier to retrieve as you’re unloading the wash, because the bright colors stand out. I don’t know what the science behind this is, but it totally works. We got a lot of questions in the comments, and I wish I could tell you more, but it’s all about the vinegar in the wash and the safety pins in the dryer. The sheets are a cuter vehicle for the safety pins!
- brightly-colored scrap fabric
- scissors, sewing machine, thread, pins, iron
- two safety pins
- white vinegar
1. Cut your fabric into whatever shape you like – you’ll need 4 of whatever shape you cut out. I chose hearts, because I like hearts! Iron your cut pieces, pin them wrong sides together, and stitch them allllmossttt all the way around. You need to be able to flip them right side out!
2. If your shape has a curve: Make sure that you snip along the curve like in the photo above, so you’ll get a nice, smooth line when you flip your shape right side out.
3. Flip your shape right side out and iron, tucking in that unfinished edge. Top stitch all the way around the outside of the shape to make it nice, sturdy, and finished.
4. Pin a safety pin to each one.
5. To do your laundry: Use 1/4 cup of white vinegar in your washing machine’s liquid fabric softener tray. When you move the clothes to the dryer, toss in your homemade dryer sheet replacements, and dry as usual.
Easy peasy, right? Have you found any other dryer sheet replacements that work? Tell us about them in the comments!