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Save Money with These DIY Dryer Sheet Alternatives

Some of us don’t want the expense or chemical additives associated with fancy commercial dryer sheets. If you’re looking for some easy, budget-friendly dryer sheet hacks, we’ve got you covered! Check out these simple dryer sheet alternatives to keep your clothes static-free and fluffy soft.

DIY Dryer Sheet Alternatives

One of the greatest laundry hacks is drying without dryer sheets. Whether you’re left unexpectedly without dryer sheets or you’re looking for a something more natural, these creative alternatives are cheap, easy, and effective.

Aluminum Foil Dryer Balls

Bet you never thought of using an aluminum foil dryer sheet! Although it may sound unusual, aluminum dryer sheet alternatives eliminate static like a champ. Just crumple up a sheet of foil into a ball and toss into the dryer.

Unlike dryer sheets, you can reuse the foil for several loads. Aluminum foil dryer balls are as effective as any conventional dryer sheet for eliminating static. Seriously. You’ll be impressed.

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Wool Dryer Balls

If using aluminum is a little too far out for your taste, try wool dryer balls as dryer sheet alternatives. You can make them yourself or purchase online.

Wool dryer balls cut dryer time down by about 40% and help fluff clothes as they dry. They also are void of chemicals and harmful substances that people with sensitive skin or allergies may need to stay away from. Did I mention they also reduce static? You can’t help but love that!

Cloth with White Vinegar

Are you looking at how to make homemade dryer sheets but want something more simple? One of the easiest dryer sheet hacks is using ingredients you probably already have in your house.

People have been praising vinegar’s usefulness for ages – including in the laundry room. Using vinegar cloths as dryer sheet alternatives isn’t new. And no, your clothes won’t smell like Italian dressing – the vinegar smell completely dissipates as the clothes dry.

Grab a clean cloth and dampen it with white vinegar. Throw the cloth into the dryer and your clothes will come out soft, static-free, and ready to fold.

Can’t part with your scented dryer sheets? No problem! Just add a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto the vinegar cloth and your clothes will be scent-sationally fresh! You can even make a batch of these homemade dryer sheets and store them in a jar until use. You choose!

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Ice Cube Dryer Trick

For smaller loads with light fabrics, there is one more laundry hack everyone should know about.

When you have laundry sitting in the dryer that you can’t get to right away, clothes become wrinkled. But who wants to iron an entire load of clothes? No one! So throw a handful of ice cubes into the dryer with your wrinkled mess and restart the dryer for a few minutes. The ice cubes combined with the dryer heat make a lovely steam bath that irons out all those wrinkles for you! Your welcome.

If dryer sheet alternatives are the least of your worries right now, contact Oak Valley Appliance for dryer repair Palmdale to lend a hand.

David lange

David Lange

In 1982 David went to work for his mom as a service technician and has been servicing appliances ever since. He is the owner of Oak Valley Appliance, an appliance repair company in Tehachapi, CA, with local techs also serving Lancaster, Ridgecrest, and surrounding areas.