I've been sharing quite a few ways to DIY your own laundry products lately, and today I want to add another one to the list! I've already switched out store bought laundry detergent, fabric softener, and stain remover spray. Today, I'm happy to say that I will no longer have to buy dryer sheets, but I won't be missing out on the smell of them either! Let me show you how easy it is to make your own scented dryer balls so you can ditch the dryer sheets too!
You will need 1 cup of warm water, ¼ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of scented hair conditioner. I use Suave because they have such a wide selection of scents and it's super inexpensive!
Mix these three ingredients together in a bowl until completely mixed together, and pour into an empty spray bottle.
Now you will need two tennis balls. I'd start with new ones the first time.
I simply spritz my scented fabric softener mixture on my tennis balls...
And toss them in the dryer instead of dryer sheets! My laundry comes out soft, wrinkle free, smelling good and static free! I absolutely love these! If you don't like the scent, feel free to cut out spraying the tennis balls. They will work just as well with no spray! This is the trick our grandmothers used back in the day before dryer sheets....of course, I'm sure they hung their clothes out to dry, but I sooo don't have time for that as much as I wish I did!
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I use the tennis balls in my dryer everytime I do laundry. It is also a great idea to toss one in when you wash. Then simply toss it all into the dryer. No need for fabric softener. They don't stick, and still smell great!
Lorie Morrison says
Would it work using essential oils too?
Heather Miklandric says
I scent my dryer balls with essential oils. My clothes have a fresh lightly scent to them that I love.
Mrs H says
What do you do about static? I use 2 dryer balls in my loads, (just hubby and I usually), couple drops of essential oil on each after removing from washer with clothes, I get shocked each time while pulling about items that still stick together. As much as I don't like dryer sheets, I don't like the static even more. Thank you
I used oils on mine and don't have an issue but only did it with my darks load
I currently use tennis balls and the sponges soaked in fabric softener. Has anyone tried throwing tennis balls in a bucket of diluted or homemade fabric softener so I don't have to use both? I might try the spray bottle method too, just wondering if anyone has seen this done.
Do you have to spray the tennis balls every time? Or will they do a couple of loads? Great tip either way. I use tennis balls for my pillows when I want to freshen them up in the dryer.
Great idea! I’ve been using the wool balls with drops of essential oil but it usually doesn’t leave a noticeable fragrance on the clothes so I think I’ll try your idea. Why use vinegar? Thank you!