Sunday, December 21, 2008

How To Save Money On Dryer Sheets

Woman folding laundry

When I was a little girl we hung our clothing out to dry and I loved the fresh smell of line dried clothing. Now there are many communities that restrict you from having a clothes line, so much for green technology. If you use a dryer and want to save money on dryer sheets try the following suggestions.

Did you know that you don’t need a full dryer sheet to reduce static? You can cut your dryer sheet in half and it will still be quite effective. Doing this will make the box last twice as long and it’s good for the environment because you are only generating half as much waste.

Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse for a better environment by making your own dryer sheets. I found a recipe that will allow you to make a reusable dryer sheet that will last twenty washes if you aren’t doing heavy loads. It’s a it of work but it’s worth it. Your clothes can still have that smell if that’s what you want and they will come out of the dryer just as soft as if you’d used the commercial dryer sheets. The directions are listed below:

•Take a wash cloth and place it in a pint sized jar.
•Pour your fabric softener in the jar over the rag and filling it almost to
the top. Place the cap on the jar and allow to sit for a few hours.
•This next step is messy and requires gloves and should be done over a bowl
in the sink. Remove the rag from the jar and squeeze the liquid into the
bowl. The rag should be damp but not dipping.
•Hang the wash cloth to dry and pour the recaptured softener back into the
•The washcloth should be ready to use in about 24 hours.

Want to do your part for combating Global Warming? Reuse your dryer sheets. You can slip a dryer sheet in your pillow case to freshen them up. Used dryer sheets pick up dust without using any cleaning products. Place an individual sheet in a drawer or hang in the closet. Used dryer sheets take the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often. Place a sheet at the bottom of the wastebasket to eliminate odors. You can also eliminate odors in dirty laundry by placing an individual sheet oat the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

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