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Just to add to my post shown here from June 2004, I am still using from the same bottle of fabric softener that I was using at that time. It is a 200 ounce bottle of Snuggle that I bought at Sam's in Sept of 2003. I dilute it with equal parts of water, and do about 30 loads before I have to resoak my cloth.
By Harlean from Arkansas
Soak a clean rag in ultra fabric softener and let dry. Put the dry rag in your dryer and leave it there. This will soften your clothes like a dryer sheet, but will last a long time. I have just started using it and have done 30 loads and the same rag is still working. I have another rag ready and waiting for when this first one runs out.
By Lady Sharon
I also soak a few old washclothes in fabric softener, hang to dry and put them in a linen bag so that I can easily keep up with it in each load of laundry. Every couple of weeks, I resoak and hang to dry and start all over. I started doing this in January 05, and needless to say, I am still using the same bottle of softener. I hate I didn't know this years ago!
By Suzi Homemaker
When I buy a new box of dryer sheets, I use my scissors and cut the sheets in half. Each load gets soft with half a sheet and now my box of 80 uses lasts through 160 uses!
If your main reason for using fabric softener sheets is to control static, I've not found anything better than a wad of aluminum foil. If you need softening power too, just use 1/2 fabric softener sheet plus the aluminum foil.
By Lois Ann
Dryer sheets are so expensive. Instead of tossing in an entire dryer sheet, tear one sheet into 6 to 8 strips and toss in only one at a time!
When you need a dryer sheet, reach for the sponge. You just wring it out, throw it in, then when the laundry is done, put it back in the jar! This works wonderfully and save a lot of money and garbage from the dryer sheets.
I bought some environmentally friendly liquid fabric softener today at Wild Oats and plan to try soaking a cloth in the liquid, allowing to dry, then using this as my fabric sheet. Hopefully this product has is made with chemicals that are less toxic/harmful. BTW the bottle was only $3.69 and if the technique to make your own fabric sheet with liquid fabric softener works, this should be very cost effective and healthier than Snuggle or Bounce.
I have never used dryer sheets - but I found that diluting a nice smelling fabric softener with water 1 to 2 or 3 that I can make a wrinkle spray for my cottons/knits. (I really don't like the regular fabric softener scent - but I have discovered other, better scents!)
I do the same as Pamphyla- works as good as Fe-breeze and goes further, to dilute fabric softener with water in spray bottle. If you're in a hurry and find only a couple wrinkles in clothing, spray it with this and use a blow dryer to steam the wrinkles out. I also use liquid fabric softener (my personal favorite is Gain Original scent) and water in a pump spray mist bottle for a quick air freshener around the house.
Instead of buying those 'dryer balls', buy tennis balls from the dollar store. Sometimes 3 in a pkg for one dollar. they work just as well. Put one under clothes, one on top
I stopped using dryer sheets when I found out that they leave a waxy residue on the lint filter...to test..rinse the lint filter after removing all lint.. and if the water beads up instead of flowing thru the lint filter , wax build up and can be a fire hazard.. I stopped using as it makes the materials weaker so your clothes dont last.. I dry mine out side on a clothesline... jeans, and towels, sheets, etc. I only dry underwear as I dont want undies and bras outside. I also switched to an organic detergent and use mostly cold water.. I only use warm.hot when an illness to kill germs