DIY Reusable Eco Friendly Dryer Sheets

Popular store-bought dryer sheets and fabric softeners are said to contain many harmful ingredients including: benzyl alcohol respiratory tract irritant, benzyl acetate which is linked to pancreatic cancer and ethanol which is linked to central nervous system disorders to name a few.

Dryer sheets are made for the chemicals to release during the drying process to stay in your clothes for an extended period of time. This means those same chemicals used for making them have the possibility of being inhaled or absorbed into your skin in small amounts.

There are many different methods around for getting rid of static in the dryer, tin foil, tennis balls, dryer balls ect. None of these leave your clothes smelling fresh and clean, as well as personally I have not had great experience with the results of these methods and was getting frustrated with my clothes clinging to me because I refused to use dryer sheets. I thought to myself there must be an easier way to get rid of the static and still have my clothes smelling clean and fresh without using any chemicals in the process.

Pinterest once again came to the rescue when I noticed a pin about making homemade dryer sheets using regular fabric softener and it hit me. Why can’t I do this but use an softener that was plant-based softener and essential oils to soften?

The answer was I could!

What you will need

cotton or flannel rags (old shirts cut up)
eco-friendly fabric softener (Seventh Generation brand or similar)
container with lid

Directions

Fill a container about half full of your fabric softener

Next place rags into container ensuring they are fully soaked and covered

Put lid on the container and let sit for 24 hours. Shake container occasionally to ensure rags are fully covered in fabric softener.

Remove rags from container and hang to dry.

Once dry store your fabric sheets in a jar with a lid to keep them fresh and so you do not lose any of the smell out of them.

Place one sheet in dryer with your clothes and start dryer.

Notes: Sheets last approx 12 loads if you find they are not working good I usually toss in another sheet.

Using these my clothes do not have static and they smell fresh and clean.

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DIY Dishwasher Detergent

Last week I made this DIY dishwasher detergent recipe I had seen on Pinterest from a few different websites. After a full week of using it I am very pleased with its results. My dishes all come out clean and sparkly just as if I had used the packets I used to. This cost approx .6 cents a load compared to store-bought detergent being .20 cents a load.

Dishwashing detergent DIY

Ingredients

2 c borax
2 c Arm & Hammer washing soda
1 c lemi shine or 2 cups if you have hard water. (found in Canada at Canadian Tire in Canada and all over the USA)
1 c kosher salt

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together

Store in a container with a lid (try not to store it in a high moisture area of your home as it may cause clumping)

Use one tbsp per load placing it in the compartment you would normally put your packet.

Notes: I also use vinegar as a rinse aid instead of JetDry, but it is recommended to not put it in your dishwashers rinse aid compartment as it may cause damage to the rubber. Simply pour one cup of vinegar onto the bottom of your dishwasher before running the cycle.

EASY DIY Air Fresheners

Simple to make DIY air fresheners

What you will need

  • baking soda
  • essential oil scent of your choice (I use orange)
  • 250 ml wide mouth mason jar
  • scrapbook paper
  • needle
  • scissors

Directions:

Fill the mason jar about 3/4 full of baking soda.

Add approx 10-15 drops of your essential oil. I usually start with 10 drops then add additional if it does not smell strong enough.

Place your mason jar lid on your piece of scrapbook paper and trace around it followed by cutting the circle out with your scissors.

Take the circle you have cut and place it in the lid and screw the lid on top of the jar.

Gently shake the jar to mix the essential oils and the baking powder ( you can also do this step after mixing the baking soda and oils)

With your needle poke holes into the top of the lid, you will probably need to poke a lot depending on the size of needle that you use.

Place the air freshener in the area of your choice.

Notes:

Every few weeks  add a few more drops and shake gently.