How To Make Your Own Homemade Dryer Bags & Sheets

by heather

Courtesy zJayne on Etsy.com

Courtesy zJayne on Etsy.com

Before I started this blog I was a bit naive. I had no idea that the laundry detergent, dish soap, and commercial shampoo and conditioner I was using was not only harmful to me, but also to the environment.

Hey, we all start somewhere, right?

Well, after going on two years of blogging about living a greener life, I’m a bit more educated about commercial products, and just how bad they can be for us and Mother Earth.

One of the most enlightening posts I ever wrote was about dryer sheets, and how harmful they are. If you missed the original posting on 11/08, you can see it here.

If you’re still using dryer sheets I strongly urge you to stop. It’s so easy to scent your laundry naturally, and I wanted to write a quick post today on how to do it.

1. Etsy Dryer Bags

See the wonderful dryer bags I featured at the start of this post? These are made by zJayne, an artist out of Cleveland, OH. She has a wonderful Etsy shop, and sells these lavender-filled dryer bags for $12.75 (for a set of 3). And the coolest part? They’re made from old t-shirts.

If you’re not feeling crafty or simply don’t have the time to make your own, these are a great way to inexpensively purchase reusable dryer bags and help support a wonderful artist at the same time! You can check out zJayne’s Etsy shop here.

2. Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Dryer Bags

Making your own dryer bags is really easy.

You first need to find a bag. If you have any small cloth bags with a drawstring closure on hand, these would be great to use. You could also take a page out of zJayne’s book and cut up some old t-shirts. Simply sew three of the four edges together, leaving the top open to put in the herbs. You might want to do a doublestitch to make sure no buds or herbs escape into your dryer.

You also need herbs to put in there, which is why right now is such a great time to be thinking about making your own dryer bags.

Why?

Because it’s Spring, which means you could spend all summer growing, harvesting and drying the flowers and herbs you need to make a bazillion of these things. That’s what I’m going to be doing!

Another reason to start on this now is because it’s Garage Sale Season. As you hit the sales, keep an eye out for cool fabrics or cheap t-shirts you can use to sew your own bags.

So, what can you grow to put in these dryer bags?

  • Lavender
  • Lemon balm
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Rose buds or petals
  • Lilac buds
  • Geranium
  • Thyme
  • Any other flowers or herbs you like the smell of

Devote a small corner in your basement, or dark closet, to drying these herbs. Simply hang them upside down and leave them alone for a month. Once they’re completely dried out cut them into pieces small enough to fit into your bags.

Tip: Try to break your flowers and herbs as little as possible. Every time they’re broken or crushed, some of their scent is released. They’ll get broken in crushed in the dryer (which is how your laundry gets scented), so leave them in the biggest pieces you can when putting them in the bags.

Most dryer bags will give you 10-20 dryer loads of scent. You can “refresh” them as you go along by adding a few drops of essential oils into the fabric before throwing it into the dryer.

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Leona beard July 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Great blog ..glad I found you!! I had no idea about dryer sheets being toxic. I have been trying to go green the last 5 years by making small changes. I will be tossing my toxic sheets and making my own sheets.

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