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can't find..how to make fabric softner sheet for dryer

Discussion in 'Homemade Products' started by Kingsfarm, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. May 26, 2014
    Britesea

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    I found a recipe for a homemade version of Oxyclean:
    1 cup hot water
    1/2 cup baking soda
    1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
    Mix up and spray or soak clothes for 20 minutes to as much as overnight, then wash as usual
     
  2. Jun 3, 2014
    k15n1

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    I was reading about this the other day. They're super chemical laden. I don't know that they're particularly harmful to human health but I don't think it's worth it. We go without or use the static balls. The MiL uses some perscription pill containers which she says works fine.
     
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    the_whingnut

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    How long do the wool balls last?
     
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    wyoDreamer

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    My mom has been using her drier balls for 5 years and they still look good. I bought some "WOOLIES" brand ones and they are 1 year old and look brand new.

    ALSO, I find adding distilled white vinegar to your rinse cycle helps a little with the static. It freshens the laundry also, gets rid of all the lingering body odor.

    My front load drier has a button for static control, which helps also.

    DH still needs me to use drier sheets for his work shirts though, he wears polo/golf shirts to work. I think they are polyester? He wears undershirts and if we don't drier sheet his work shirts the static cling is horrible! But the work shirts are the only thing that really needs the drier sheets.
     
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    Hinotori

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    It's the synthetic fabrics that usually cause the static. I have no issues with it even when drying cotton underwear with wool socks. Almost all of our clothes are cotton, except for the socks. The little bit of spandex or elastic in things doesn't seem to matter.

    Vinegar helps. I like to dry laundry outside when I can to air it.
     
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    wyoDreamer

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    DH has nightmares of his mom drying laundry outside and having to wear stiff/scratchy clothes, so that is a no-go for his laundry. My mom always ironed everything - sheets, shirts, pants, underwear - everything. I learned to iron on my Dads underwear - boxers, no tighty-whitey's. lol
    Yah, most of his shirts are synthetic of some kind. My work shirts are about 3/4 synthetic and the rest are cotton. Only DHs work shirts get the dryer sheets; so I don't care, its not my clothes.
     
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    NH Homesteader

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    Good timing on this post being bumped , I have been looking into making dryer balls. Never used them, but I've got fleeces that I must do something with... and that's on my list!
     
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    Hinotori

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    Grandma always line dried clothes. She would bring them in when just slightly damp and toss in the drier for 5-10 minutes. It helped, but jeans were still a bit stiff.
     
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    Lazy Gardener

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    I hate to take up dryer space with jeans. I bring them upstairs, and toss them over a door. I figure that the extra moisture helps keep the house from being so "winter dry".
     

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