I did as she instructed and soaked an old face cloth in some fabric softener, left it to dry and tossed it in with my clothes in the dryer. Worked like a charm! Actually softened the clothes without using additional softener in the washer and no static cling. I reused the same towel about 12 times without re-soaking it before I noticed the softening power was weakened.
When it was time to re-soak, I decided to take the easy way out and just pour on some fabric softener instead of getting my hands all gooey. I poured about 1 capful onto each towel and let it soak in.
I also decided to make two additional dryer sheets because it's kind of a pain to search through all those dried clothes searching for your reusable dryer sheet. Better to just have 3 (or more) on hand!
New Old School also suggests that if the weather is extra dry and static is all about, you can throw in a balled-up piece of aluminum foil with your clothes in the dryer to fight static cling. Pretty cool!
The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
DIY Dryer Sheets (3 Old Face Cloths $0, 3 Capfuls Fabric Softener $0.19*)
Total Fake-It Cost: $0.19, Yields 36 Loads = $0.005/load (that's half a penny!)
Compare to Snuggle Dryer Sheets ($4.99 for 80 sheets), $0.06/load
Total Fake-It Savings: $0.055/load. I average about 8 loads/week, so that comes to $22.88/year!
Further Savings: Using this method, I have eliminated using extra fabric softener in my washing machine, so I am getting even more savings by cutting that out. If my softener costs approx. $0.065/load, that saves me an additional $27.00/year - that's nearly $50.00 total!
*Based on Suavitel Softener at 92 loads/bottle @ $6.00. If you make your own softener or get a great sale price, this could be even less!
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