But even though I may be an “old dog”…I can be taught “new tricks”. :-) When I saw this idea from Heather at Living On Love and Cents recently I decided it was worth trying something new.
The thing that appealed to me most about this idea was it eliminates the fishing out and squeezing dry step. Which, to be honest, doesn’t really bother me, but then again…it’s not necessarily my favorite thing either. :-)
So, here is my updated version of “Homemade Dryer Sheets” for your consideration.
I decided to start with 4 white dishrags I already had on hand in my stash. (I have a “thing” for white dish towels and rags from Walmart. It’s just one of those things I can’t really explain.)
I happened to have JUST ENOUGH Downy Fabric Softener left in this bottle to make this work. I have literally had this bottle for over a year because I dilute it so much I hardly use any of it.
I thoroughly soaked all four dish rags with full strength Downy. (You can use whatever kind you want. I think next time I will try my Homemade Fabric Softener. Don’t know why that didn’t occur to me until just now! DUH!)
Allow the towels to dry THOROUGHLY! I took mine outside and draped them over a plastic chair. Even in this uber dry state I live in…they took awhile to dry COMPLETELY. Of course it didn’t help that a RAINSTORM came through and blew the chair over and got the towels WET! ugh. I finished the drying process indoors. :-) Here they are hanging from my mini-clothesline in my laundry room.
Throw one sheet in with a load of clothes. You should be able to use each dryer sheet a dozen times or more, before it needs to be dipped and dried again
So I have used this new method on about 4 different loads of clothes now and have been very pleased with the results. Clothes are VERY soft and VERY nice smelling. :-) But MORE importantly (and the MAIN reason I use fabric softener) NO STATIC CLING!
Another PLUS about using these “dry” cloths vs. the kind that are wet is there is less worry about getting any “spots” on the clothing that you are drying. I’ve never had that problem…but I know others have complained about it.
So give it a try and let me know what you think. I think you’ll like it too. :-)