Monday, October 10, 2011

No More Dryer Sheets OR Fabric Softener.

<span class=


When I began running low on liquid fabric softener, I grabbed a bowl, an old hand towel and began an experiment. It worked so well that I felt compelled to share it with all of you. By the way... since using this towel, I have said good-bye to dryer sheets AND fabric softener.

Seriously.. it's magical!

So here's what I did:

Soak a hand towel in fabric softener. Squeeze out any remaining drops from the towel.

Hang it over a chair (or outside on a clothes line) to dry. My house smelled super clean for the three days while this towel was drying completely. Yes, it took three days!

You must make sure it dries completely!

After the towel dries you just throw it in your dryer along with clothes and use it as a dryer sheet for 40-50 loads before soaking again. My clothes are softer then they have ever been when I used fabric softener.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

(I heard about this little "trick" from a pin on Pinterest. If you have no idea what Pinterest is, it's totally awesome. Check it out and if you would like an invite let me know, I'll email you one.)

56 comments:

  1. Hi Hon...it's been a while! I took the Summer off...tryin to play catch up on my favorite blogs! (Prolly will take me all Winter long to do that!) I luv this idea & am going to give it a try! Hope you & your family are doing great!
    Hugs~Ginger
    Oh & I would love to have an invite  to Pinterest..I must check it out as it's all over blogland! :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Jeanine (Wayfaring Girl)October 10, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    I'm totally trying this! How neat is this!

    Just stumbled upon your blog from a friends. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Jeanine
    wayfaringgirl.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. http://ourpace.blogspot.comOctober 10, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Wow! What a great way to save money and the environment. Less fabric softener used! Yay!! Thanks for sharing. I'm on Pintrest but never really caught on to it. Maybe this is inspirations enough for me to check it out again. I thought it was just pictures and got bored.

    ReplyDelete
  4. YaY glad to see you back!!  I just emailed you an invite to pinterest.  Have fun.  Beware: it is addicting :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. So glad you stumbled here.  Which friend lead you to me.  Would love to thank her.  Now I'm off to check out your blog.  LOVE your site name by the way!

    ReplyDelete
  6. So many great idea's on Pinterest!  Let me know if you try this, and what you think!

    ReplyDelete
  7. That is such a cool idea! Thanks for sharing! I love any way to save money!

    Lindsey Turner
    http://thriftandshout.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. I saw this on Pinterest too and wondered if it really worked. Thanks for sharing! I try to make my own detergent most months but I just can't give up the nice smell of fabric softners!

    ReplyDelete
  9. i am SO going to try this....and yes, i love love love pinterest for so many reasons :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. You mentioned dryer sheets, but I didn't see anything about whether or not this controls static cling?  I'm assuming so, but would love to know for sure.  Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Have you tried this with homemade fabric softener? Thanks! This is a "why didn't I think of that" PIN! Glad that you did!

    ReplyDelete
  12. make your own fabric softner...its way cheaper and works great..i get essential oils and add to both the soap and softner so they match and smell WONDERFUL..pennies to make!  

    ReplyDelete
  13. What's the point? It's still adding toxins to your clothing that then sit against your skin all day.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Shaklee makes a great fabric softener that would work wonderfully without all those nasty toxins.  We also have biodegradable dryer sheets!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Kristin StoddardMay 28, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    I've done this, but after a few weeks, the rag started stinking and made all my clothes in the dryer stink as well. Are you still using this method? Do I just need to get a "greener" fabric softener? Do you throw out the rag and get a new one often? I don't see the point in getting a new rag every 2-3 weeks...

    ReplyDelete
  16. How long are do you soak the towel in the softner for? Also one of the comments below asked if you need a new towel each time, Do you?

    ReplyDelete
  17. I did try this and so far am happy I did.  It works great but have only done 3 loads of laundry so far..hope it lasts as long as yours did.  My house really does smell nice!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wow, great idea. I liked especially the part that you can hang that cloth and use it as air re-freshener. I am going to try it for sure!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Heather, I see there's a few people that have asked about if it really lasts that long that have had issues with it stinking up their clothes and also where people have asked about having to get a new towel each time. Can you tell me about that?

    I was thinking of giving these as Christmas gifts (trying to plan ahead, lol!) and I just want to know if it works before I invest a bunch of $$$ in supplies, ya know? Thanks yof ryour help!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Nikki,  I found that it lasted for about a month before I wanted to re-soak.  I used the same towel a few times but in the end actually found it less time consuming to just throw in the other.  It's one of those things that you need to re-evaluate your time against the $ :)  

    ReplyDelete
  21. I loved the way it made my house smell!!  I found that mine started to lose the bulk of the smell after about a month.  Hope yours lasts just as long!  I'm sure the brand of softener and such play a roll.  

    ReplyDelete
  22. Nope, I used the same towel.  I didn't soak it for very long.. just enough that I could tell it was good and wet.  :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Mine lasted about a month and then I would wash the same rag and start over.  I never noticed my clothes smelling bad, just less of the yummy scent.  I'm wondering if the brand of softener plays a roll?

    ReplyDelete
  24. What a great idea Christina!  I'd love your recipe!

    ReplyDelete
  25. If I ever use essential oils the smell doesn't remain by the time it is dry? It seems very clean but no smell. I also make my own detergent but LOVE the smell of a fabric softener.

    ReplyDelete
  26. What kind of fabric softener do you use?

    ReplyDelete
  27. Thanks for sharing this! I love it! http://livingcheapandhappy.blogspot.com/2012/08/laundry-easing-up-on-costs.html

    ReplyDelete
  28. Does the towel leave lint on the dark clothes?

    ReplyDelete
  29. Or you can just put vinegar into the final rinse, save all the toxins that are inthe fabric softener that contaminates the planet and clogs up the dryer workings. 

    ReplyDelete
  30. I'm going to give this a try. I've been using vinegar and it works wonderful, but I miss the fabric softener smell. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  31. What size towel did you use? I have to try this!!

    ReplyDelete
  32. I see you used a hand towel..Thanks!!

    ReplyDelete
  33. I use plain white vinegar. Pour into your fabric softener dispenser spot on your machine. Cheap. Fresh. No, your laundry does not smell like vinegar. And it also gives a real nice cleaning to your washer. Fabric softener is nothing more than liquid wax or wax coated sheets~ very heavy in bad chemicals, expensive and can cause skin irritations. Vinegar is pure and non toxic and much easier to use.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Is it true that laundry must soak in the softener for eight hours?

    ReplyDelete
  35. What about static cling?

    ReplyDelete
  36. umm... You are still using fabric softener if you are soaking the towel in it...

    ReplyDelete
  37. Pretty component to content. I just stumbled upon your weblog
    and in accession capital to assert that I acquire
    in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I'll be subscribing in your augment and even I success you get entry to consistently quickly.

    My web site top baby girl names 2010

    ReplyDelete
  38. If you want to get rid of the extra weight in a very short
    time, you might be tempted to follow a weight loss diet with
    rapid effect. This kind of diet is considered by doctors and nutrition experts as
    being the most dangerous way to get rid of the extra pounds.
    If you love fast-food and microwaveable meals for instance, then it's time to sit down and re-consider.

    Here is my homepage lose weight

    ReplyDelete
  39. I tried it it worked soooooooooooooo much better than any dryer sheet i've ever purchased! thank you thank you thank you!!! And it's so much cheaper. You saved me a ton of money cuz I love dryer sheets and i was getting ready to go buy a bunch but i had a bunch of bottles of liquid and i never use liquid so this worked out for me amazingly. My huge comforter now is softer than any dryer sheet i've ever used, and room smells of sheets too.

    ReplyDelete
  40. At this moment I am ready to do my breakfast, afterward having my breakfast coming yet again to read more news.



    Here is my site ... http://gohima.com

    ReplyDelete
  41. This is a good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.

    Simple but very precise information… Many thanks
    for sharing this one. A must read article!

    My web page mouse click the next internet page

    ReplyDelete
  42. Love this tip! Thanks for sharing! Featured it on my pinterest journey today ... I did link back to you. Thanks again! Look forward to reading more of your blog.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Gonna try this . Thanks. I've gotten alot of secerts from pinterst. Love it. And thanks again for shareing. Haven't heard this one.

    ReplyDelete
  44. I paу a quick viѕit each daу sоme web pаges and websitеs tο reаԁ content, hοwеveг this wеblοg
    gіves quality based wгiting.

    Herе іѕ my web site :: partipirate.org

    ReplyDelete
  45. you never said goodbye to fabric softener at all, you still use it just in a different way

    ReplyDelete
  46. should i mix the softener with water or just use straight fabric softener?

    ReplyDelete
  47. moi, j'utilise du vinaigre blanc dans le distributeur à assouplisseur de ma laveuse à linge.

    Je n'ai pas d'électricité statique avec le vinaigre et pour la senteur je met quelques gouttes d'huile essentielle dans ma sécheuse( magnolia ou lilas ou menthe poivrée, etc)

    Je paie un gallon de vinaigre $1.79 et je met 1/4 tasse dans le distributeur à assouplisseur de ma laveuse à linge.

    ÇA ME COÛTE PRESQUE RIEN.

    ReplyDelete
  48. You left a comment


    moi, j'utilise du vinaigre blanc dans le distributeur à assouplisseur de ma laveuse à linge.

    Je n'ai pas d'électricité statique avec le vinaigre et pour la senteur je met quelques gouttes d'huile essentielle dans ma sécheuse( magnolia ou lilas ou menthe poivrée, etc)

    Je paie un gallon de vinaigre $1.79 et je met 1/4 tasse dans le distributeur à assouplisseur de ma laveuse à linge.

    ÇA ME COÛTE PRESQUE RIEN.

    ReplyDelete
  49. Works awesome! I love this method! I have learned something though, this works better and lasts much longer with COTTON washcloths rather than MICROFIBER cloths. I had some leftover dusting cloths that i didnt really use so i put them to the test. For some reason after the first use with microfiber, it was almost all used up. Cotton one didn't do that at all and lasted much longer. At least 20 loads, microfiber about 5 loads before I had to dip them again.

    ReplyDelete
  50. I just use tennis balls in the dryer - no chemicals

    ReplyDelete
  51. just the straight fabric softener

    ReplyDelete
  52. Wouldn't this still coat your towels like FS does?

    ReplyDelete
  53. Do you really want fabric softener sitting on your skin all day? This sounds like an awful idea.

    ReplyDelete
  54. To all you people BITCHING about stupid shit like the softener being on your skin SHUT THE FUCK UP!! YOU SOUND LIKE FUCKIN TWO YEAR OLDS, WORRY ABOUT MORE IMPORTANT SHIIIT

    ReplyDelete
  55. I just blogged about this Pin (loved it), and some of the comments given (didn't really love them). Thanks for sharing the idea with everyone. SOME of us appreciated it. http://tinyurl.com/mrfd9r7

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...