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Substitute Dryer Sheets?

Does anyone know of a natural substitute for using dryer sheets to keep static cling away? I could swear I read something about one once! ??


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Oct. 27th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
If I'm not wrong, dryer balls?
Oct. 28th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
I use dryer balls but they do not eliminate static cling at all.
Oct. 27th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
Old tennis balls?
Oct. 27th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Dryer SHeet
you need:
-dried lavender flowers (any kind would do)
-cloth tea bag

:Fill cloth tea bag with dried laver flowers. Use 5-6 loads before replacing flowers.
Oct. 27th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Dryer SHeet
can i make a cloth tea bag?
*very interesting =)
Oct. 27th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
I bought lavendar bags at Trader Joes. They're great for making the clothes smell nice and softening, but didn't do great on the static cling. This website has some good tips near the bottom of the article for natural alternatives. I am fond of the "don't completely dry your clothes" tip. Works well.
Oct. 27th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
i've heard - and had good luck - with balled tinfoil, but i couldn't quote that to save my life.
Oct. 27th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Ooh, I am so trying this.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
I'd so yank my clothes out carelessly and burn myself on the foil ball if I did that.
Oct. 27th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
i think i'll try that
Oct. 27th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
Have you tried filling a downy ball with vinegar and using it in your washer? Vinegar softens clothes! :)

But yes, tennis balls in the dryer or felted wool balls.

Best wishes.
Oct. 27th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
Oooh! I thought of trying the Downy ball, but wasn't sure if it would work! Gotta try it now.
Oct. 27th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
Dryer balls will soften a bit, but they actually may generate static.
(I don't know about tennis balls, I have only tried the plastic dryer balls)

The lavender sachet thing is nice, but it's just for smells (unless I'm terribly mistaken).
Adding vinegar to your rinse cycle (like in the Downy ball instead of fabric softener) can help a little... but honestly, I've not found anything that works like a dryer sheet. :-(

I do sometimes like to mist things down with water if they're really bad.

However... I haven't tried the aluminum foil idea.
Oct. 27th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
I actually do notice a tiny bit of static when I take my clothes
out of the dryer but a 'shake' and they seem fine.
I use dryer balls.
Oct. 27th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
I don't know about static cling but I will tell you that I have stopped using dryer sheets on all but the towels and even then it's only a 1/2 of one for a full load typically. I have found that our clothes just don't need it. Not only that but dryer sheets build up that film in the lint trap which could become a fire hazard if left to fester. Mostly I'm just cheap though and don't want to spend the money on them.
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
Why do you still use dryer sheets on the towels? Supposedly the stuff builds up on them and makes them less absorbent.
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
I use them for the added bit of softness because I can't afford any more that my 4 existing Ralph Lauren towels.

Truth be told though, since it's just the two of us and we don't have to do loads of towels and sheets very often we have had the same box of bounce for at least the last 6 months. I haven't noticed any decrease in absorbency though.

If there is a better way I am all ears.
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
Nah, no suggestions. My towels are like rocks, but that's because they're ancient, cheap, and hard-used.
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
I have quite a few towels that are like rocks. It's weird too because as much as I love my Ralph Lauren's my favorite towel is about 10 years old, kinda scratchy and stolen from my sister. But it's basically a blanket so I love it.
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
I have not found anything that works quite as well as dryer sheets for static cling.
Dryer balls and vinegar are great for actual softening.
Lavender sachets are great for smell.
Not-getting-clothes-100%-dry also works, but depending on your dryer, can be a bit of a pain (mine's got a moisture sensor, so that helps out).
Not drying on the highest/hottest setting also helps.
Wearing(/washing) more natural fibers helps slightly.

What I find works best is using half a dryer sheet per "day" of laundry. Like, I'll do three-five loads on the weekend- I'll pop in half an unscented/free&clear dryer sheet in the first load (rotate this load throughout the weeks, though, so they all get a little bit of the static resistance- so week one, the jeans get it, week two, the whites are first, and so on), and let it stay in the dryer for the next round or two of clothes. I never bother with it on towels/sheets, though.

This way things stay pretty static-free, but since I'm using what is the bare minimum (for me, determined through trial and error for my personal lifestyle, so ymmv), I don't feel so bad about the chemicals and cost.
Oct. 27th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
you don't need to add anything for static free laundry. static is from over-drying synthetic fibres. here's my avoidance method.

1) dry synthetics and natural fibres separately where feasible. this becomes easier over time as I no longer purchase clothing made from synthetic fibres.

2) only dry synthetics to 95% dry or so, then hang to finish drying.

good luck finding what works for you.
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:19 am (UTC)
Oct. 27th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
I like Nellie's Dryer Balls (silicone, not plastic) if I have to use the dryer. But hang-drying is the best way to eliminate static.
Oct. 27th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
I feel ya on the static. Either I take everything out of the dryer still wet and wait all freakin day for clean clothes, or I get static on everything.

I heard that some tightly woven balls of wool yarn will keep the static away. I don't have any wool to use for this and wondered if a wool blend (85% wool, 15% mohair) will work. I've got scraps of that!
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