I’ve been making my own dryer sheets for about four (4) months now and love it. Why you ask? Isn’t it a lot of work?
Why? – Like I posted previously, my kiddos have sensitive skin and regular dryer sheets and fabric softener dries them out = eczema. YUK!! So I had to find an alternative. Plus – have you ever actually thought of the chemicals that are in the dryer sheets??? Think about this – dryer sheets are full of chemicals. Look at the ingredients on the box. The dryer sheet, that is full of chemicals, goes into the dryer with the clothes you wear. The dryer heats both the dryer sheet and your clothes. The chemicals leave the dryer sheet and get into your clothes, which is why your clothes smell so good when they come out. You then wear the “fresh” clothes and as your skin breathes through out the day, you body inhales the chemicals (AKA toxins) from the dryer sheet.
The toxins from the dryer sheets also break down your clothes, towels and sheets = lint. Have you ever noticed the amount of lint that comes from each load? If your dryer is anything like mine it’s a LOT of lint. When I was using commercial dryer sheets my lint trap would be full with each load; over flowing with towels. Clothes didn’t last as long and started to fade, ball up and towels weren’t as plush. Once I switched to the DIY dryer sheets I do not have to clean the lint trap with each load (I still do but it’s not necessary) and the amount of lint I get from drying a load of towels is similar to what I used to get with each load of clothes. Our clothes look newer longer, towels are plush, are chemical free and smell awesome. I wont even mention the air that you breathe in when you are are in the laundry room….
Okay – so here’s the break down of time commitment. Once you have the actual “sheets” prepped (which will take all of 10 minutes – depending on how sharp your scissors are… I just cut some sheets for my parents and it took 10 minutes to cut them, type the next blog as I went, took photos, cleaned up and put the sheets in the laundry – super quick), making the dryer sheet solution takes about 15 seconds. That’s it!!! Amazing right!? Every time you change loads it will take you approximately 15 seconds longer then reaching into a box and pulling out a commercial dryer sheet. So the time commitment is nothing, especially based on the benefits you and your family will receive. Totally worth the time and effort!!
The next post will answer the HOW question….