I haven’t posted lately about some alternatives to the toxic fabric cleaners from the stores. This is a DIY reusable fabric softener sheets recipe that I thought I would post to help give you an idea of one easy way to ditch and switch from using the toxic sheets in the stores to using a nontoxic solution. If you’re a DIYer then you might like to give this one a try. What is also nice about this one is the money saved by being able to reuse the sheets.
There are a few of these alternative ‘recipes’ out there, and I have not tried this one personally, but you may have to try a few to see which might work best for you. I will be posting this on my Face Book page as well.
HERE’S WHAT YOU DO WITH THE INGREDIENTS: To start, grab a size large or X-large t-shirt. You can use a smaller size if that is all that you have on hand, but you’ll very likely need more than one. Cut your shirt into around (16) 6×6″ pieces. You don’t have to be exact with the measurements, but try to get close. Try to use as much of the shirt as I can so that there is very little waste left over. It is my goal to have a no-waste home and starting with a no-waste kitchen and laundry was my first step toward that.
Next, mix the vinegar, water and the essential oil (Young Living only here) together in the mason jar. Swish it all around a bit to get it combined, but you don’t need to shake it hard. Be sure you use enough oil to really give it a good scent, but don’t go overboard. For a softer scent, lavender oil works well. For a scent that will help wake you up, lemon oil or orange oil is great. For something different, try peppermint oil. Do not use fragrance oils that people use for soap. They are two totally different oils and fragrance oils aren’t meant to be added to anything coming in contact with your clothing.
Now add your t-shirt sheets to the jar. You may have to stuff them in there depending on how thick the shirt you used is. Put the lid on and give a good shake. Don’t worry if all of the sheets aren’t wet, they’ll eventually soak up all of the water/vinegar mix.
Once your sheets are all wet with the softener solution, you’re good to use them! Use 1 sheet per load in the dryer and just toss it in like you do with the store bought stuff! Obviously your sheet will dry during the cycle so just set it aside when you pull the dry clothes out. I keep a basket on top of the dryer so that I can toss the used ones into it and keep them all together. Once your jar is completely empty, it’s time to make up another batch!
It doesn’t get much easier than this! You’ll love them as you make your way toward saving money and removing chemicals from your home!
Have fun with it and let me know how you like it in the comment section or even if you have a nontoxic recipe that you like. I would love to hear from you all and what you have found that you love.