So we aren’t the first to write about making your own Dryel sheets, you know the at home “dry cleaning” or garment refreshing kit created by Proctor & Gamble. In fact, Jillee, from the popular blog One Good Thing By Jillee wrote an amazing post about her experiment with crafting a DIY Dryel recipe. We’ve seen similar recipes around the web, but none have recommended specific brands for the ingredients that are safer and more environmentally sound. Enter Perfect Shine’s role in this DIY experiment. We are always working to share recipes and cleaning tips that are safe for you, your family, and the planet. So here is the basic recipe for DIY Dryel sheets!
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tsp. borax
- 1 tsp. oxygen bleach
- 3 drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender works well, so do citrus-scented oils)
We recommend using Nature Clean Oxygen Bleach which get’s an A rating from the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Guide To Healthy Cleaning. This brand is much safer according to EWG than some of the other brands (even Eco-friendly ones like BioKleen) on the market. You can order it online from Grass Roots for just $7.99.
The debate is still up in the air about the safety of borax. For cleaning we think it is perfectly safe. Here is an article from Crunch Betty that debates both sides of the Borax coin. If you need to dry clean your clothes, then using borax is less toxic than the other chemicals most dry cleaners use. The other ingredients are pretty straightforward. No dangers unless you are pregnant. Then you want to limit your exposure to essential oils or fragrance.
To Use Your Homemade Dryel Solution:
- Pre-treat any stains by spraying the stains directly with hydrogen peroxide (3%) and rubbing the spot with a clean, white cloth.
- Then soak the same white cloth it in a solution of 1 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon borax, 1 teaspoon oxygen bleach and 3 drops of essential oil.
- Squeeze out the excess liquid, add the cloth into the Dryel “steam bag” with your dry clean only clothing and put it in the dryer for 30 minutes.
Pretty simple huh? Four ingredients is all you need to refresh your dry clean only clothing! Do you use Dryel, or do you usually just take your clothes to the dry cleaners?