Reducing the Cling… Naturally

A couple of years ago I made my first batch of homemade laundry detergent. I was blown away by the cost savings and felt like One Smart Mamma making my own detergent.  It’s still one of my favorite DIY cleaning projects to this day.

When I switched to homemade detergent I quit using fabric softeners because of all the unnecessary chemicals I was adding to my clothes each time I washed.  Seriously, think about how you breathe in those chemical each time you wear a shirt that’s been washed in a store bought fabric softener.

Anyway… one of the things I didn’t discontinue was the use of dryer sheets.  I couldn’t.  Michael Luke, my Mr. McDreamy,  wears scrubs to work.  Scrubs cling to him about as bad as a polyester skirt on a girl.  We can’t have that.  So with a guilty conscious we would buy the inexpensive dryer sheets from Wal-Mart and call it a day.

Until my friend posted a DIY dryer sheet recipe in my online community, Be Color. I knew then that it was time to change. Join me as we remove one more chemical filled product from our daily household routine.

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DIY Dryer Sheets

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 4-8 drops of essential oils (I used 4 drops Lavender and 4 drops Tea Tree (melalueca alternifolia)
  • old t-shirt cut into squares

Roll up your cotton cloths and add them to the jar. Close your jar and turn it upside down and all around to coat the cloths with your mixture. And you’re done!

Tea Tree has many properties that make it a great choice to add to laundry… specifically scrubs.  I encourage to Google Tea Tree so that you too can learn some its amazing properties and wonderful ways to use it.

Lavender is a refreshing oil making it another perfect choice for laundry.

Other oils you may to try are Purification, Lemon, and Joy.  Do you have any funny memories of going sans skirt and experience the worst static cling?  I smile just thinking about the times I had convinced myself that the static would go away and that their was no need for a skirt. If it clings at home it will cling in public.


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