DIY Eco-Friendly Dryer Sheets

Homemade Dryer Sheets – Image from Live Renewed

We hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving, and that our cleaning tips helped tackle the mess. Today let’s backtrack to an old topic: laundry. We’ve covered fabric softener, color catchers, and homemade detergent, but today we’ve got a tutorial for homemade dryer sheets that will have your clothes smelling fresh and feeling soft!


  • Old container, with lid.
  • Fabric scraps
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Grapefruit seed oil or tea tree oil (tea tree oil is usually easier to find)
  • Optional: essential oil of your choice (whatever scents you want your clothes to have, lavender or vanilla are nice options).
  • Glass bowl


  1. Acquire a container for your dryer sheets. You could reuse an old plastic or metal tin, food container, large glass jar, or an old baby-wipe container. Measure the dimensions of the container so that you know what size to cut your fabric.
  2. Collect fabric: old cotton t-shirts, towels, old flannel sheets or shirts. You could also buy new fabric if you want. Cut the fabric scraps to fit in your container. You can even hem or stitch around the scraps to prevent fraying or tidy up the edges if you want (but this step isn’t necessary). Stack the dryer sheets in your container.
  3. Make up the dryer sheet fluid. Combine 1/2 cup vinegar with 6-8 drops of grapefruit seed or tea tree oil well in a glass bowl. The vinegar deodorizes, fights static cling, and preserves colors in clothing! The essential oils fight bacteria and give clothes a fresh scent. Pour the fluid evenly over the dryer sheets and seal with the lid. Use one dryer sheet as needed, and be sure to put the lid back on the container to preserve the moisture.

These homemade dryer sheets would make a nice housewarming or maybe even christmas gift for the eco-friendly person in your life. We would recommend making the fluid and storing it in a separate glass jar from the sheets if you are gifting it.

Have you ever made your own dryer sheets? Any tips or questions feel free to share!




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