How to make your own chemical free dryer sheet alternative

July 27, 2011

Finding natural alternatives to chemical household products is something I enjoy so when I recently came across a recipe for homemade dryer spray to replace dryer sheets I was curious to give it a try.  As I often find with homemade recipes, the ingredient list was short and it was quick and easy to put together.  This frequently leads me to start out skeptical that it will even work (after all, we seem to be programed to believe we need a LONG list of unknown ingredients if we are really going to have a product that works).  Once again my skepticism melted away to astonished surprise when this simple spray repeatedly proved its ability to tackle the static clean in my dryer.  Want to try it yourself?

1 Cup Water (distilled or filtered is best)

1/2 Cup alcohol (isopropyl or vodka)

20 drops of your favorite essential oil combo (such as lemon and grapefruit or peppermint and eucalyptus or orange and geranium)

Add all ingredients together in a spray bottle and spritz 4-5 times over your wet clothing in the dryer and dry as usual.  This mix can also be used as a linen spray or room freshener.

My mother-in-law has also been using this simple spray and loves it.  Give it a try for yourself!

Another option that I have not yet tried is to simply use a clean cloth and place a few drops of essential oil on the cloth and toss in the dryer.  In between loads, refresh it with a few new drops of oil.  After every few loads launder it in the washing machine.

Someday I may also attempt to make my own laundry detergent but for now I am content to let Kim’s Rockin’ Green concoction work its magic on our cloth diapers and clothing.  If you haven’t yet had a chance to watch the Rockin’ Green Laundry Soap review video I made with Kim, you should.  In it you will see how Kim’s soap compares to some of the top competing brands of cloth diaper detergent and how effective it is at renewing the absorbency in your cloth diaper inserts.

How about you? I would love to hear if you have found something to replace your dryer sheets or if you even have any desire to do so.

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