Using Washcloths As Homemade Dryer Sheets

Homemade Dryer Sheets

My box of dryer sheets is almost empty.  So, this was the perfect time to try and make some homemade dryer sheets.  Anytime I try something new, I always try and use items that I have on hand at home.  If I need to purchase something, then I try and get it from the Dollar Tree.  That way, if it doesn’t come out right, at least I didn’t spend a lot of money.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any of the necessary items on hand.  Even though I’m using towels, I didn’t want to use the ones I had at home.  I thought it would be easier to get a couple of inexpensive towels that I could distinguish from the set at home.  So, off to the Dollar Tree I went.

Washcloths as Dryer Sheets

I found a pack of microfiber washcloths for $1.00.  It had 3 in a pack.  I bought 3 since I figured I would love this DIY project.  Picked up some liquid fabric softener for $1.00.  That was all I needed for this project.  I’ve scoured the internet and basically this is all that is needed from the various searches that I performed.

Washcloths as Dryer Sheets

Using a large bowl, I poured the fabric softener into the bowl.  I put a little bit of water in it also.  The fabric softener is very thick and putting a little water in it makes it easier to squeeze out.  You’ll know what I mean if you perform this DIY.  Just let it soak for a few minutes.

Making Homemade Dryer SheetsHomemade Dryer Sheets

Then squeeze out.  This is how the washcloths look after I took them out of the fabric softener.  The white washcloths turned a pretty light blue.  Pour the remaining fabric softener back into the container.  Hang washcloths and let dry.  (I hung them on the deck and of course it was so windy that the washcloths were everywhere when I went back out to get them. I didn’t have any pins.)

Homemade Dryer Sheets

I’m all about doing something a little different than anyone else.  So, to be able to clearly distinguish the washcloths that were to be used as dryer sheets, I found these little fabric flowers that I had in my sewing basket.  It’s amazing what you collect over time if you sew every now and then.  They are so cute! These were actually iron-on but I sewed them on to make sure they wouldn’t come off later.

Wash Cloths as Dryer Sheets

So, when I put a load of clothes into the dryer, I can just pull out the homemade dryer sheet (washcloth) and put it back in the plastic bin that I’m using to store them.  This is my third time using this blue washcloth. I’m very pleased with these homemade dryer sheets so far.   I’m keeping count on how many times I can reuse them.  I’m sure I’ll know if it needs to be soaked again when my socks start clinging together or clothes start sticking to me.

I’ll try and remember to come back and update.  Have you tried this before?  If so, how did it turn out?

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  1. Proud and Protective Mama to 5 says:

    Hello!! This is a good idea as well! I usually buy my fav. fab. soft dump in a 5 gal tub and add 2 more bottles distilled water to it. Stir. Then get 2 sponges and cut in quarters. (8 in all) Add sponges to fab. soft. mixture. When I put my clothes in the dryer, I grab 2+ (4+ for towels = stronger sent) squeeze them out and toss into dryer. The dryer does the rest. When you get the clothes out of the dryer add the sponges back to the fab. soft container! 🙂

  2. I might just try this, thanks for sharing!

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    • Hi Jennifer! Definitely give it a try. I’m still testing mines and will definitely evaluate how well I liked them after I’ve used them for quite awhile.

  3. I hadn’t seen/heard this trick before but one I will have to give a try one day.
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  4. That is such a clever idea! I am giving it a shout out!
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  5. I LOVE THIS IDEA! SO smart, and so resourceful! Thanks so much for linking it up! 🙂 ((Hugs))
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  6. Great tips! I’m a new follower. Carrie,

  7. I have not tried this yet! I am glad to see that you had good results though! I love saving cash on stuff I can do myself! saying hi from the blog hop on monday!
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    • Hi Kelly! When you get a chance, you must try this! I’m still testing the ones I made. They should last a pretty while before I need to soak them again.

  8. This is such a great idea!
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  9. This is a great way to save some money on laundry! Thanks for linking this up to Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! I hope to see you back next Sunday night!
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  10. I used those flower patches for the same idea years ago when my daughter was potty training. I put them on her panties and called them the “right way flowers,” so that she wouldn’t mistakenly put her undies on backwards. Worked like a charm! So happy to see them again on your washcloths.
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  11. You do have such inventive and money saving tips. Thanks for sharing.
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  12. This is such a genius idea! Thank you for sharing this tutorial. It seems like it definitely would be cost effective in the long run too! Thank you for linking up to my blog hop. I hope you’ll come back next Sunday.
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  13. Hi Sharon!
    I really enjoyed reading this post. I don’t have a clothes dryer however if I did this is something I would definitely try. It would be interesting to see how many uses you get from your cloths as compared to a box of dryer sheets. I am sure it is well worth it.
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  14. I would have never thought of this very good post I will pin and try it out because I am always running out of sheets. Stopping over from SITS
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  15. What an inventive thought and great idea! Thank you for linking up to Super Sunday Sync!
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  16. I am near the bottom of my box of dryer sheets, but I have a whole bottle of fabric softener and a few old wash clothes that I keep around for cleaning. I may have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. I have read about doing this! I am glad to know it works well and I will be interested to see how long they last! Thanks for the tip!
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    • Hi Kimber! I will definitely try to remember to update how long they last. I’m hoping for at least 10 times before soaking again.

      • MizFurball says:

        On another web site (I think One Good Thing By Jillee), she said they lasted at least 30 dryer loads.

  18. These are awesome ( and I love the flowers, they are adorable)! I have been going sans dryer sheets lately but was thinking of doing homemade ones. Thanks for posting!
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