Today’s Works for Me Wednesday post is actually a What DOESN’T Work for Me Wednesday. And I need help figuring out what DOES work, so I’m turing to my best resource…the blogging community and my readers!
If you’ve been following me for the last year or so then you know that I’ve
started to turn into a crunchy-hippie-type tried to alter some areas of our lives to be more natural. I’ve been using natural cleaners and natural laundry detergent for nearly a year with no problems at all. Something that I’ve held off on, though, has been my dryer sheets. Mostly just because I already had bought a bunch and wanted to use those up first, but I always intended to seek a more natural alternative once those were gone.
Can I just back up and say that I (more accurately my mom, since she did the laundry) never used dryer sheets until college. I really don’t remember our clothes ever being static-y growing up, and so maybe there wasn’t a need. But when I went to college and started doing my own laundry I discovered the frustrations of static and the wonderfulness of dryer sheets. I’ve been using them ever since, except on Michael’s work clothes. He has to wear special arc-flash protection clothes to work and we can’t use dryer sheets on them. Let me tell you, that load of laundry each week is the worst because the static is insane…especially in the winter.
So a month or so ago we finally ran out of dryer sheets. I then embarked on an experiment (mostly things I found on Pinterest) to find an alternative to keep our clothes from getting full of static. Sadly, I didn’t find a single thing that worked.
Here’s what I tried:
- Putting vinegar in the rinse cycle of the washing machine (vinegar supposedly acts like a fabric softener and get the static out as well) – No dice. The clothes still had static.
- Soaking a rag with vinegar and putting it in the dryer with the wet clothes – Again, nothing. Michael thought the clothes smelled like vinegar, but I didn’t notice that. However, I did notice that they still had static. Boo.
- Putting a ball (or two) of wadded up aluminum foil in the dryer – Nope.
After a few weeks of trying various things with little to no results, we finally broke down and bought some more dryer sheets. And that’s what I’m using until I think of something else.
The only thing I haven’t tried yet are these felt-like balls that I’ve seen people sell at the farmers market. They say they can be used instead of dryer sheets, but I haven’t bought any to try yet.
Oh, I’ve also heard to soak a rag with fabric softener and put that in your dryer with the clothes – I think that might work as a money saving alternative, but I’m looking for something more natural/less chemical. I feel like fabric softener will have just as many chemicals as dryer sheets.
So…HELP! What do you use as a dryer sheet alternative? Is there something else out there that I haven’t tried? I’m hoping the wisdom of the community can help me.
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