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Old 05-20-2009, 10:30 AM   #1
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Make your own dryer sheets

I happened across this fairly decent article with lots of ideas for frugal living:

Ten Ways to Start Living the Frugal Life

And it looks like we need a new category for this board because they have an article on:

Homemade Dryer Sheets - How to Make Dryer Sheets


Cliff Notes: soak some fabric in fabric softener.

On another note, I've recently tried a set of dryer balls and I think I like them. I think they might reduce drying time, and they definitely seem to reduce uneven drying (where a towel for instance stays much wetter than the rest of the load). But I have noticed that fragile garmets like my stretchy t shirts get messed up: the collars stretch and the surface pills up. So I only use the dryer balls on heavy fabrics like jeans and towels.
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I've never used dryer sheets - at least not after I moved out of my parents house in college. My parents always left used dryer sheets lying around in the dryer.

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I've never used dryer sheets - at least not after I moved out of my parents house in college.

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I used Bounce. I feel guilty every time I throw one in. Like Im betraying the lbym guild.
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Dryer sheets, schmyer sheets...

They gunk up the dryer screen (and your clothing)... I do add about half the recommended amount of liquid softener to the rinse cycle.
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Dryer sheets, schmyer sheets...

They gunk up the dryer screen (and your clothing)... I do add about half the recommended amount of liquid softener to the rinse cycle.

Oh yeah well I only use .2758 of the detergent!
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Well, I beat my clothes on a rock.

They look like it, too...
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I confess that after decades of laundry detergent only, two years ago I started adding small amounts of fabric softener to the towels load. The towels were getting rough and that solved the problem. I never seemed to have this problem with laundering our towels when we lived in a house, but for some reason the towels we got for the motorhome needed softener - or maybe it's the laundry facilities we have to use. I've discovered that if I throw one thing washed in the towels load in the dryer with another load, it imparts a wee bit of softening there too.

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I don't use dryer sheets or fabric softener. Since my clothes aren't softened, I guess they must be hard.
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They look like it, too...
Got me on that one. I cant find any rocks near me
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At first I thought the title of this thread was...Make your own sheets dryer.....
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What's a dryer?
The thing that sucks energy and wastes money. It drys your clothes. Kinda like wind but more convenient. Only the non frugal can have one.
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Clothes? We don't need no stinkin' clothes!
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I never used dryer sheets either. Too confused about them I guess.
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Humidity forces me to use them as I'm not into the electrical sparks that fly off clothing without them.
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I used Bounce. I feel guilty every time I throw one in. Like Im betraying the lbym guild.
True confessions....dum da dum dum....
I line dry all heavier clothes (jeans, towels) indoors to save energy and keep electric/gas bill lower.
I tried a touch up for 15 minutes without the dryer sheets and everything felt stiff (sloooooooowwwww pitch).
So next I used a sheet and it helped a lot. My little experiment was conclusive.
The screen on my dryer is fully removable and I rinse it off periodically with really hot water.
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True confessions....dum da dum dum....
I line dry all heavier clothes (jeans, towels) indoors to save energy and keep electric/gas bill lower.
I tried a touch up for 15 minutes without the dryer sheets and everything felt stiff (sloooooooowwwww pitch).
So next I used a sheet and it helped a lot. My little experiment was conclusive.
The screen on my dryer is fully removable and I rinse it off periodically with really hot water.
Yeah I like my clothes soft. I have delicate skin
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Towels are the only thing I wash that I wouldn't mind being a bit softer. But I found that using fabric softener on towels makes them less absorbent; the softener seems to make them hydrophobic (beading water up). Which makes the towels useless even though they are nice and soft. So I don't use any fabric softener.
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Well I was going to add a well-constructed humorous comment here, buy how can you top beating clothes on a rock and hanging them on a peg!

Well there is the one where one poster asked what clothes were.

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True confessions....dum da dum dum....
I line dry all heavier clothes (jeans, towels) indoors to save energy and keep electric/gas bill lower.
I tried a touch up for 15 minutes without the dryer sheets and everything felt stiff (sloooooooowwwww pitch).
So next I used a sheet and it helped a lot. My little experiment was conclusive.
The screen on my dryer is fully removable and I rinse it off periodically with really hot water.
Towels and sheets and jeans are supposed to have that rough line-dried feel. Who wants that greasy smelly finish?
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