The other half of my laundry happiness – homemade dryer sheets.
1 part Vinegar
1 part Baking Soda
2 parts Hot Water
Mix the baking soda and water in a large bowl (much bigger than you need) until the baking soda dissolves. Then add the vinegar. Take a piece of old flannel and cut into dryer-sheet-sized squares. Place in a resealable container, and pour liquid into the container to cover the sheets. Use one sheet per load (just wring it out a little bit before tossing it in the dryer).
I used pinking shears to cut the flannel to keep the edges from fraying. I chose my container first and then cut the sheets to fit (and tried to estimate the proportions of the baking soda mixture to fit also). When you pour the vinegar in with the baking soda and water, it will get very fizzy (think volcanoes in grade school!) – that’s why I say to use a bowl much bigger than you think you need. I did it in the sink just in case it overflowed. The baking soda will definitely separate from the liquid over time, just shake the container up a little before you use the sheets. I read some fancy ideas about how to roll the sheets up in a jar so that they pull out (like Clorox wipes) but I haven’t gotten that creative yet. If I do I’ll post up how it goes!
I will never have to buy real laundry supplies again. This mixture is easy and all-natural (and dirt cheap to boot).
I tried doing the “roll-up-in-a-jar” version and love it! It was very easy to do, and much easier to use as a finished product. Make your liquid mix as above. Then, instead of just stacking the sheets in a tub, stagger them out in a long row. Lay down the first sheet, then lay the next sheet about 2/3 to 3/4 covering the first one, and continue until all of the sheets are lined up. Then, go back to the first sheet and start to roll them all up. Once you are done rolling, stuff the whole thing into an appropriately-sized & -shaped container. I used a Barilla spaghetti sauce jar. Pour the liquid in to fill the jar, put the lid on, and give it a good slosh. Then, when you use it, just pull from the middle of the roll. It is much less messy and takes up less storage space!