DIY Reusable Dryer Sheets

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Making your own dryer sheets is a great way to avoid chemicals and unnecessary waste while reusing things around your home. I personally do not make them right now because I feel like they aren’t a necessity, but if you enjoy them consider making your own. There are two options to choose from. The first option uses old scraps of fabric in a vinegar solution (don’t worry the vinegar smell will disappear) and the second is wool dryer balls.

Reusable Dryer Sheet Ingredients

  1. Scraps of fabric (old rags, old t-shirts, leftover fabric from crafts)
  2. 1c  White vinegar
  3. 20 drops of essential oils
  4. Glass container (mason jar is fine)

How to use

  1. Cut fabric into squares. If you do not want to sew the edges make sure to use pinking shears.
  2. Sew your edges with a zig zag if you would like, if not skip this step.
  3. Soak fabric in the vinegar and essential oil mixture.
  4. When you are ready to use one, wring out the excess liquid and throw it in the dryer with the wet load of clothes.
  5. When dry put the sheet back in the jar to soak again. Wash every 2-3 weeks or whenever you are ready to change the scent.

I have leftover fabric scraps from sewing projects that I could one day turn into dryer sheets. I would use lavender and lemon essential oils together for scent but you can be creative.

Wool Balls

If you can find someone local who makes them you can support a business in your area. Maybe try a farmer’s or maker’s market. You can also buy them from Walmart and Amazon. Tennis balls can also be used in place of wool balls, but if you are set on making your own, here are the instructions.


  1. 1 skein of 100% wool yarn for each wool ball.
  2. Panty hose


  1. Start by turning each skein of yarn into a yarn ball. If you have multiple skeins to roll up you may want to turn on your favorite show or movie. This is also good work for a road trip.
  2. After you have rolled your yarn into a ball cut off one of the panty hose legs and put the yarn ball in and tie a knot. If you have multiple balls, make sure there is a knot between each.
  3. Wash the wool balls in the washer on the highest heat setting and then dry on the highest heat setting.
  4. Repeat 2 times.

How to use

  1. Drop essential oils onto each ball before throwing into the dryer.
  2. After drying place the balls back in your storage basket until the next load.

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