DIY Homemade Dryer Sheets

These DIY Homemade Dryer Sheets are the frugal way to go, & they work wonderfully! You will never go back to store-bought after you try them out. LOVE!

DIY Homemade Dryer Sheets

So far, I’ve done homemade laundry detergent & fabric softener – so it was about time that I dabbled with homemade dryer sheets too! A while back, I bookmarked an idea I saw over at One Good Thing & decided to give it a shot.  After all, it seemed simple enough!  The ingredient list was super short, & that’s always a plus in my world!

Here’s what you need:

DIY Homemade Dryer Sheets

The original recipe called for store bought fabric softener, so I used that since I had gotten some for free with a coupon – but I see no reason why you can’t use homemade fabric softener here instead.

You will need 1 part fabric softener to 1 part of water.  It’s not rocket science, people 🙂

Pour your fabric softener into a resealable container.  I used a Rubbermaid container.

Homemade Dryer Sheets


Now, fill the other half with water.  You can fill up the fabric softener bottle with water if you want to be precise, but I just eyeball it.

Throw in some washcloths. Or sponges.  Or old (clean) socks that you no longer have the matches too.  All of them will work, I chose the washcloths 🙂

Homemade Dryer Sheets


When you’re ready to use, pull out a washcloth & wring it out good.  Then just throw it into the dryer with your wet clothes & run the dryer as normal.  Once your clothes are dry, throw the washcloth back in the container for the next time.

Homemade Dryer Sheets

I know a lot of you may ask if the soaked cloth leaves any stains on the clothes. Well, I’ve thoroughly tested this for the past 6 weeks now & not a spot has shown up on my clothes.

Some of you may not want to get your hand wet by wringing out the washcloth, so for those of you that fall into that category – here’s a simple solution.  Pour the finished product into a spray bottle, & when you’re ready for a dryer sheet, simply give your washcloth a good spraying.

Homemade Dryer Sheets

I’ve found that these DIY Dryer Sheets last a really long time.  They also eliminate static issues, & leave my clothes and towels feeling soft and smelling fantastic!  I call this ‘recipe’ a success!

Homemade Dryer Sheets

These DIY Homemade Dryer Sheets are the frugal way to go, & they work wonderfully! You will never go back to store-bought after you try them out. | @thathousewife

DIY Homemade Dryer Sheets
  • 1 part fabric softener, store bought or homemade
  • 1 part water
  • resealable container
  • clean washcloths, sponges, or socks
  1. Place one part fabric softener & one part water into a resealable container. Stir or shake to combine. Toss in your washcloths, or other fabric of your choice. Or, pour the solution into a spray bottle & spray on washcloths right before using in the dryer.


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  • Barb

    I’ve done this by spraying a cloth for years. I did find that there would be build up around the edges of my dryer. Cleaning with a damp cloth will alleviate that.

  • Kimberly Farmer

    I have also heard that if it is wet it will leave spots. I also heard that if you soak it in the FS then let it air dry it won’t leave any spots dunno though

    • I’ve been doing this for a long time, and have never had any spots on my laundry. Just be sure to wring out the washcloths or sponges really well first! 🙂

  • Jan

    Spots may depend on the fabric softener brand. I have problems with Gain and dark or purple colored softeners. Maybe test it on some rags, unwearable clothes, or old towels.

  • Karen LaCroix

    ALL fabric softner including dryer sheets has silicone or a type of Teflon in it to help repel stains, it leaves a film of all fabric. it can make towels and faceclothes less absorbent, it just seems to push water around when you try to dry off, also the same for teatowels and dish clothes. So I never ever use any kindof fabric softner or dryer sheets on these loads of laundry.

  • norun01

    There is always a critic of every crowd, I’m a man that ran out of sheets and got some help here and no drips, no stains and no spots lol. Works just fine tthank you for your help!

    • I’m so glad it worked well for you!

  • Connie Tonn

    I don”t see the benefit to this. If you’re diluting fabric softener 1/2 & 1/2 with water, why not just dilute it and put it into the fabric softener dispenser? Why go through the trouble of storing a cloth in a container of the mixture? The cloth soaks it up, you wring it out , and you still have to add more softener and water as you use it. Jus’ sayin’….

    • Chrissy

      maybe this way is just cheaper in the long run

  • Kat

    We aso use liq softener mixed with water as a febreeze… works wonders!!

    • Gypsy

      Nice to know that somebody else is doing this too!

  • GiGi

    I have used hair conditioner on a sock in a pinch. I put just a squirt of conditioner on the sock, then turned sock inside out. Works great!

  • Louise Jacobs (Weezy)

    I have been doing this for years,except I also add one part vinegar into the mix. I have never had any trouble with spots on my clothes. (I also use a sponge,and wring it out good).

  • Chrissy

    I used this recipe but it did not take away the static clean. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

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