Homemade Dryer Sheets

Homemade Dryer Sheets

Making your own dryer sheets is very easy and the great thing is, the sheets can be used over and over and over again making this a cheap eco-friendly solution. Even better, you can make these with your favorite scent! Along with leaving your clothes feeling soft and fresh, they’ll smell clean and ready for wear. And once you try them, you’ll wonder why you never made them from scratch in the first place.

What You’ll Need (If You Want to Make Your Own Fabric Softener in the Process):

  • 6 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Hair Conditioner
  • 3 Cups White Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  • 20 Drops Essential Oil
  • Sealabe container
  • Cotton cloths

What You’ll Need (If You’re Just Making Dryer Sheets):

  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 10 drops tea tree or other essential oil
  • Sealabe container
  • Cotton cloths

Directions:

  1. Start by cutting the cotton cloths into smaller sections, approximately 3″ x 5″ strips. You can use inexpensive dish towels, old t-shirts, linens or just about any other type of cloth.
  2. If you’re making your own fabric softener then check out my previous post. If not, then just mix together the vinegar and essential oil in a small bowl. Either way, after you’ve made either mixture, you’ll want to pour over the cloths until they are dampened but not soaked. If you’ve mixed with your own fabric softener, you’ll want to lay out the strips to dry first. Either way, you’ll want to keep in a securely closed container.
  3. Leave sealed for about 2 – 3 days. Use one load per strip and squeeze out excess if needed (assuming you only used vinegar and essential oil then strips should just be damp).

Make sure that you keep the container sealed at all times. After you use the strip, just wash it, and then reuse when you plan to make your next batch of dryer sheets.

Making Your Own Air Freshener

DIY-Room-Air-Freshener

Supplies Needed to Make Homemade Air Freshener

  • Jar (any size)
  • Baking Soda
  • essential oil (Balance, Cassia, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, etc.)
  • nail and hammer

How to make Homemade Air Freshener:

  1. Put about 1/2 cup baking soda into the jar. Add 6-12 drops of your favorite essential oil.
  2. Put the lid on top of the Mason jar and seal it tight with the band. Take your hammer and nail and punch small holes in the top
  3. Just place the jar in an area you would like to keep smelling fresh. Shake the jar often to activate the fresh scent. If the scent starts to fade, simply add 2-3 more drops of essential oil into the jar.

Additional Natural Air Fresheners

1. Vinegar

Vinegar is one of the most effective and inexpensive air fresheners around. Pour the vinegar in a bowl and then place it in any areas where the smell is a problem. Let it sit for a few hours, as the vinegar evaporates, the overpowering vinegar smell will dissipate along with any of the offensive odors.

2. Fresh Flowers and Plants

Place fresh cut flowers around the house, along with plants that are natural air purifiers.  This list of plants helps to remove the three main household toxins; benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

  • Aloe Vera
  • Areca Palm
  • Baby Rubber Plant
  • Bamboo Palm or Reed Palm
  • Boton Fern
  • English Ivy
  • Ficus alii
  • Gerber Daisy

3. Ground Coffee

Put coffee grounds in a bowl or wrap in an old stocking that you’ll place in an area that you want to freshen. When using coffee grounds as an air freshener, make sure that they are dry so that you avoid mold.

4. Potpourri

Check the video below for how to make your own ‘Green’ Potpourri. All you need is a brown bag, dried flowers (passion, hibiscus), orris root, orange peel, juniper berries, sandalwood, and orange-scented essential oil. There are plenty of other natural recipes out there though if you want to change it up.

5. Citrus and Spices

Bring a pot of orange or lemon rinds and peels to a boil, add in a few cinnamon sticks and/or cloves, and enjoy the fresh, festive fall-like scent it sends through your home. While this freshener will begin to work immediately from the stove, there’s no reason you can’t bottle it for later use.

Making Your Own Fabric Softener

Fabric Softener

Homemade Fabric Softener

6 Cups Water
2 Cups Hair Conditioner
3 Cups White Vinegar
1/4 Cup Baking Soda (Extra Shine To Those Clothes)
20 Drops Essential Oil

Directions:

You can use any type of conditioner that you’d like, whether it’s store bought or you want to make your own. If you’re buying the conditioner, remember that you’ll need 16 ounces, otherwise make sure to cut the rest of the recipe properly. Dissolve the baking soda in the water and then pour in the vinegar slowly, being mindful of the fizzy reaction. After you put in the last of the vinegar,  stir in the hair conditioner. Add a few drops of essential oil if you’d like to give a stronger scent to the fabric softener and then put the entire concoction into a storage container.

You can fill the fabric softener dispenser with this and run your load of laundry as usual. Use with homemade laundry detergent for extra savings!

Making Your Own Laundry Detergent

Make Your Own Detergent

Making your own laundry detergent is fairly easy to do and it’s a great way to eliminate the harsh chemicals that regular detergents contain when washing your clothes. Not only that, but making your own detergent can save you some money – depending on which recipe you use, it can cost you as little as .02 – .04 cents per load!!! Compare that to your store bought detergent, and you’ll see that this can lead to some serious savings.

There are a few recipes that you can find on the internet that discuss how to make your own detergent. I’ll share both powdered and liquid versions and you can decide which you would prefer to use. The powder version is a bit quicker to make, but the liquid version is a bit cheaper.

Recipe #1 on making your own soap:
1 box of Washing Soda (not baking soda)
1 box of Borax
Fels-Naptha bar soap

Step 1.  Finely grate the soap – (1 bar makes about 2 – 3 cups)
Step 2. Add an even mixture of washing soda and borax – about 1.5 cups of each
Step 3. Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight containers. Use about 2 – 3 tablespoons per load.

Recipe #2 on making your own soap from Happy Money Saver:
1 Box of Super Washing Soda 3 lb. 7 oz. ($3.24) 3.4375
1 Box of Borax 4 lbs 12 oz. size ($3.38) 4.75
1 Box of Pure Baking Soda 4 lb. ($2.12) 4
3 bars of Fels-Naptha 5.5 oz. or you could also use Ivory soap ($0.97 x3) 1.031
1 container of Oxy-Clean 1.3 lb ($3.86) or use 3 lb size for about $7
*optional: Purex Crystals 28 oz. for scent (or you could use Downy unstoppables ($4.76) 1.75

You can also make your own liquid detergent which might be a little more versatile, though you’ll need to use your stove:

Liquid Detergent

1 quart water (boiling)

2 cups bar soap (grated)

2 cups borax ‘2 cups washing soda

*optional: scented essential oil

Step 1. Once your water is boiling, add the finely grated bar soap, lower heat and stir until the soap is completely melted.
Step 2. Pour the soap water into a clean container and add the borax and washing soda. Mix until everything is dissolved.
Step 3. Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
Step 4. Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Once it’s cool, add 5 – 7 drops of your favorite essential oil per gallon. Stir the soap each time you use it (it will gel).

Check out the video below for a step by step tutorial on making your own detergent.