Projects & Recipes
The time has finally come, and I have run out of grapefruit oil for my tennis balls I use in the dryer. I haven’t bought laundry soap or dryer sheets in over a year. I switched to making my own soap and love not only the saving but have been amazed the stuff my soap gets out of stuff compared to all the others I had used over the years. Next step as far as I was concerned was ditching the dryer sheets. Our laundry room is not an outside vented set up and I was not too jazzed about chemicals hanging out in our air. Plus…I’m also cheap. So, enter tennis balls and essential oils. Since I have a ton of girls, and two dogs I needed to come up with something not only to beat the hell out of static, but also grab all those little dog hairs and long ropes of girls hair. I love the tennis ball method! I put a few drops of essential oil on a tennis ball and toss it in the dryer. Five drops seems to last roughly 30 loads for me, then again I have a team of children and am married to Macgyver. So, the stuff I use had been be able to get out any girlie stuff like paint, make up and such. Macgyver and our 12 yr. old man child, get into stuff I can’t even identify by the time their clothing hits my laundry room. There are days I swear, I have seen their clothes crawl to the washing machine of their own free will!
Now that my essential oil is gone I thought I would try something new. All my laundry, febreeze, hair detangler, every other cleaner I make and beauty cleaning paraphernalia is kept in my “freezer room” off the kitchen. Easy access. I have this large jug of fabric softener in lilac scent for making my febreeze, by the way it has lasted me almost a year now.
Now, I am always looking for ways to save money, and I thought since I have this stuff anyway why not use it. Well use it for something other than the massive amounts of febreeze I already make. It wouldn’t be so bad if my dogs didn’t like to swim in the lake behind our house or chase turtles in the swamp. The turtle population is about to rocket, Orthos, has found a beaver in the lake. Anyone know how to teach a dog not to hunt a beaver he he he he. I digress. Back to the fabric softener. If you take a somewhat fluffy hand towel and soak it in scented fabric softener, wring it out and let it hang to dry, you essentially have a big dryer sheet.
Ironically enough, I have this kitchen towel you see above. It is supposed to be able to dry dishes. It is THE worst towel known to human kind. The thing will not wipe up any water at all. The question was, will it soak up liquid if submerged? Yes it does. Oddly, sucks it up like a sponge, go figure. I soaked the towel, wrung it out, hung it up to dry, which did take 2 days in my house. Next time I threw stuff in the dryer I tossed in a tennis ball and this lilac hand towel. The tennis ball took out the hair and removed static along with the towel. However, my clothing came out much softer and smelled wonderful!!! So far the towel has lasted for 20 loads. I figure just to be safe at 30 or 35 I will re-soak the bugger. There you have it. One way to make a dryer sheet that will last you at least 20 loads. For me, that is two weekends of laundry sadly. Every penny saved helps though, right.