Homemade Reusable Dryer Sheets

Homemade, reusable dryer sheets are a great way to save money and keep your clothes clean and fresh!


I’m so excited to introduce today’s guest poster. Brenna is one of my favorite bloggers, and such a good friend. She always has great ideas, is so kind, and is not only a great example as a blogger, but as a mother and friend. You have to check out her blog — it’s so much fun!

Hi, I’m Brenna from Life After Laundry. Life After Laundry is where I share my love for crafts, sewing, and all sorts of DIY projects, while of course juggling loads of laundry and a growing list of things to do. I would have to say, though, that usually my projects are on the practical side. I love incorporating sewing, and any of my talents into ways to save money and better our family. Sound fun? I’d love to have you follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, or BlogLovin’!

As a mom and craft addict I am constantly trying to find ways to save our family money. One of which are homemade reusable dryer sheets. I have actually tested out several options for saving money on fabric softener, but this is by far the best and cheapest of them all.

You Need:

To Make:

Cut a hand towel into 4ths. Serge or zig-zag your cut pieces to keep them from fraying. If you would rather not mess with a sewing machine you could always just buy cheap wash clothes and not cut them, to get about the same size.

Homemade Resusable Fabric Softeners

Soak the towel pieces in fabric softener. It will take about a capful for each sheet.

Homemade Resusable Fabric Softeners

Squeeze out the excess fabric softener and allow your sheets to hang until dry. It can take a couple days. If you get a nice sunny day you can take them outside, and they will dry a lot faster.

Homemade Resusable Fabric Softeners

Each sheet will last you about 10 times. When the scent starts to fade just repeat the process. Easy enough, right!

I try to make a bunch of them at one time, and as you saw above I just store them in an old baby wipe container.

Thank you so much, Katie, for having me. I’m so glad to be a follower of your blog and have you as a blog friend. You always have shared such wonderful ways for saving money with a family and I hope you enjoyed my little budget-friendly idea.


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  • And to stretch this great idea a little further: After soaking, hang them to dry in your laundry room for a natural air fresherner-- the room will smell great 'til they're dry! Then, just dampen, and rehang.
  • I have been doing this for years and one usually lasts for weeks! Such a money saver, and is much more dryer filter friendly than the sheets that you buy.
  • I have a couple questions - What size of a "cap full"? How long do you soak it for? To me, in the soaking picture, the cloth looks pretty wet - it's just a cap full of fabric softener? No water right? Thanks!! :)
    • Hi! So I talked to Brenna (author of this post) and she said she wasn't sure of the exact amount -- it was just the cap on the fabric softener, and just made sure it was totally covered, and then just wrung it out to dry.
    • I talked to the girl who did this post, and she wasn't totally sure. She lives in North Carolina and they don't have harsh winters...If you try it, be sure to let me know!
    • Use white distilled vinegar in your washing machine's fabric softner dispenser. It works wonderfully and does not leave the clothes smelling like vinegar. Just add the same amount you would of fabric softner to start then you can add more if you want. I love doing this because they smell so fresh and vinegar is so much cheaper! Good Luck.
  • Interesting - never seen this before. i wash a bunch of terry cloths with my laundry and then just spray them with diluted fabric softener solution before chucking them in the dryer with my laundry. Saves having to wait for ages for them to dry, but I wonder whether getting multiple uses out of them would be worth it...
  • Love this idea, but aren't you using more fabric softener this way? I was wondering if you had a recipe for that as well? Thanks for sharing!
  • I have never used dryer sheets. I always use the clothes line to dry my clothes. In the dead of winter I dry them on racks in the laundry. I do own a dryer but rarely use it. People would probably save a lot more money by not using their clothes dryer so much. I really enjoy your site. :)
    • I have a friend who dries clothes on the clothes line, and I admit, it's rather tempting. Definitely something I want to do in the future! I'm so glad you enjoy my site :) Have a great day!
      • i've been doing this for years, i like a special scent for blankets and sheets so i individualize my favorites to meet my needs! while reading your blog i thought it might be nice to do this with baby fabric softener just for baby items im going to make a baby gift with baby washcloths soaked in baby approved softener, when dry i will use baby safety pins to attach them to a baby hanger looks so cute i need to learn how to place my picture on your site kathy
  • I'm allergic to the scented sheets so i have to buy the hypo-allergic kind. Any tips or brands of liquid ones that are scent free?
    • I'm sorry! I don't know of a lot of different brands. I know Downy has a scent free brand, as does ALL (I believe it's called All Free and Clear)
  • I think this is a good idea, but I'm concerned with the lack of green aspect to it. Fabric softeners contain a lot of chemicals. I'd be cool if there was an all natural recipe to go along with it.
    • Hi Abby - I totally get that! I just did a quick search and found this recipe for fabric softener: https://household-tips.thefuntimesguide.com/2011/10/natural_fabric_softener.php This isn't homemade, but it looks okay: http://www.mrsmeyers.com/basil-fabric-softener/?cid=SEM_G__off-us-spr14&gclid=Cj0KEQiA2b20BRDj4buduIG-y9EBEiQAhgMGFZpsSY92-ZioZnlpV0mluECPThGVA1NdM-ZgNT_IALkaApga8P8HAQ Good luck! If I have a chance, I'll do some experimenting to come up with my own homemade version :) Thanks for commenting!
  • If your looking for a green recipe for fabric softener that would be vinegar as Tanya stated.Vinegar has long been used for that purpose. If your looking for green with a crisp scent to it, add orange peels to your vinegar, or perhaps lemon combo! Make that your cloth dip? Just a suggestion. Nana B??
  • I am trying these today. Already have them hanging outside to dry. I am always on the look out for ways to save money. I got some Downy Free for $1 a bottle recently and want to see if this works for me. Thanks Tina
  • I've never understood the point of dryer sheets. If your laundry isn't "fresh and clean" without adding yet more chemicals into the mix, using dryer sheets is like dousing yourself with cheap perfume instead of taking a bath. Yuck.
  • Easier, cheaper, less work: Just take a piece of the laundry that you're going to throw in the dryer, tip the fabric softener bottle onto it for a second and toss it in with the rest of the clothes. It works.