Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pinterest Inspired #4 - Never Need to Buy Dryer Sheets Again

Did you ever forget to use, or run out of dryer sheets?  Don't you hate it when you go to get dressed, and you have a lightening storm right there in your pants?

I have a story that could have been one of those "most embarrassing moments" stories.  Thankfully it happened here at home.  I got up, got dressed and started going about my day, after surviving the lightning storm.  Suddenly I felt something strange and soft fall down my leg and around my ankle.  I looked down and a pair of my underwear was falling out of my sweatpants leg.  Yes I did put my underwear on correctly that morning.  Just sayin.

Apparently static electricity had held them in there when I took them out of the dryer and folded them.  How I didn't feel them, or knock them out of the pants while dressing I don't know.  I laughed...probably as hard as you are now.  It could have been worse...I could have gone to town and flaunted my underwear to the public...or worse they could have been in my husbands pants!  Oh my...he would never have lived that down!

I'll tell you what, I became a believer in dryer sheets that day.  But no more dryer sheets for me.  Reckless abandon?  Naw...I found something that worked just as well for free!

This just amazed me. I didn't believe it when I read it, but I thought, what the heck, all I've got to lose is a lot of static. So I tried it and now I'm a believer. I will never buy another dryer sheet. They just cover up the nice fresh, clean scent of my homemade laundry soap anyway. Plus I'll save around $13 a year. Not a ton, but every little bit adds up. If you use name brand dryer sheets, you would save even more.

So what's the secret?   No it's not liquid fabric softener, or something to add to the wash cycle.  It's not dryer balls, moth balls or fur balls.  It's  something you would normally mindlessly throw away.  Are you ready for it?

No I'm not the goose that laid a silver egg.  It's a wad of aluminum foil.  I was going to throw it away after using it to cover something.  It was still clean...and then I remembered the idea I pinned on Pinterest.  I was doing laundry that day, so I wadded it up tight and threw it in the dryer, not really expecting it to work.  Well I was wrong.  It worked perfectly and the foil just became more tightly packed and smooth in the dryer.  I finished up the rest of the laundry with just that one foil egg, and it's still in perfect shape. 

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Yes it should be up on a pedestal, right up there with's that genious!  Try it and let me know what you think. 

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  1. Oh my goodness Deb, I laughed out loud reading this! You are soooo funny! Yes, this could have been so much comes to mind.
    Who woulda ever thunk to use foil?????

  2. What a great idea! I can't wait to try this. It ALMOST makes me want to go do some laundry... Almost ;)

  3. Very cool! I will have to try this. I don't use fabric softener, but I do use tennis balls and those knobby blue balls that are suppose to "naturally" fluff your laundry. I can add this to my 'Laundry ball" repertoire.
    Thank you!

  4. WOW! I would've never thought to use foil! I must try this! I'm having so much fun reading through all your pinterest inspired posts! Thanks for visiting my blog today! I hope the syrup is just as good as you remember it to be :) We always enjoy it.

  5. WOW! I have to try that today!! I have been using my own homemade laundry soap for several years now and I use it for everything. If I can give up fabric softener, how great that would be!!! Thanks for sharing!

    I love your blog, BTW!


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