Natural Ways to Dry Clothes without Static

A brisk winter walk down Coolspring Lane reminded me about doing a non-toxic dryer sheet post.  If you’ve ever stepped out for a breath of fresh air only to walk right into your neighbor’s dryer smog, you know what I mean.  It literally makes you hold your breath, which is probably a good idea considering all the crap that they put into dryer sheets and fabric softener.

So first thing, why are you using dryer sheets?  It’s either for the smell or for static (maybe both).  If it’s for the fragrance, you can easily go All Natural Me with this one and start using a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a cloth.  Just pop it into the dryer with your clothes.  If you can wait for the last 10 minutes, you’ll get more scent because the heat will zap some of the oils if it’s in there too long.  Although my favorite one to use is clove oil and it’s lovely no matter what time you put it in.  A few drops on an old cut up towel will do you.

The other reason to go searching is for static… bloody static.  We all hate it and here are a few easy tips that will help:

1.  Air Dry

Okay, maybe not totally doable all the time.  But even using a dryer for most of the drying and then air drying the last bit, will help.  Over drying is like the static breeder.

For inspiration, re-visit Line Dry Clothes to Save The World

2.  Keep Natural and Synthetic Separated

During laundering, we must segregate the cotton from the polyester.  Those synthetics are probably what’s giving you all the static grief.  So put them in different loads and see if that helps.  Now, who really knows what to do about the cotton polyester blends….

3.  Vinegar

Claimed to soften clothes and reduce static, put 1/2 cup of vinegar into your washing cycle.  And why not – all good natural people use vinegar for everything, so pour it in and shout hooray.

The only other thing that I do when a garment is static ridden is to slap or swipe it on something wooden.  Even laying it on the wooden dresser or door seems to neutralize the bugger.  When we had our old canvas and wood laundry hamper, I’d slap the static out on that.  Sounds kinda rough, but I wasn’t the one who actually stood on it and broke it.

ahem.

Okay, now is when I send you out into cyber space to other lovely green websites who will tell you what I just did and more!

Grinning Planet ~ Who has a lot to say in a funny way, which we love!

Michael Bloch at Green Living Tips.com ~ Who likes to make herbal dryer baggies which, just to drop a subtle hint, Sadie would love for her upcoming birthday.  Useful gifts are the best!  Agree?

And Annie B. Bond at the Gaiam Blog suggests making your own dryer sheets with natural conditioner or trying some dryer balls.  Annie is also a huge fan of vinegar!  And it just so happens that after watching Home Enlightenment Made Easy, Sadie is now a huge fan of Annie!

The world keeps getting smaller and greener 🙂  I love it.

12 Replies to “Natural Ways to Dry Clothes without Static”

  1. Great post! I haven’t tried clove oil as a “scenter” yet but will have to.
    We always use vinegar for the softener rinse, supposedly it will help keep clothes from fading so fast in the sun too. I’ve been adding drops of Rosemary EO to the vinegar and the clothes come out smelling quite nice. Took the cue and got a big bottle of vinegar and have fresh rosemary soaking in it so I won’t have to keep using up so much essential oil! 😛 haha

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  3. Nothing’s more inherently good than soft, fresh bed sheets. Except, maybe these innovative dryer sheets. They’re veggie-based. They’re biodegradable. And they even break in two in the dryer for fair and just distribution of soft, static-free goodness to every, last humble pillowcase.

    SAFE
    Safe for all washable fabrics
    Nontoxic
    Fragrance free
    No toxic fumes
    No hazardous chemicals

    POWERFUL
    Adds softness and controls
    static cling
    Rivals Bounce® in controlling
    static cling in third-party performance
    tests

    GREEN
    Natural – vegetable-based softener
    Biodegradable sheets
    Recyclable sheets
    Recyclable packaging
    No dyes

    Always Safe, Always Works, Always Green

    Safe for you, your home and the planet.

    Check out all the Green Laundry options at

    http://goldstarr.myshaklee.com/us/en/category.php?main_cat=HomeCare&sub_cat=GetCleanLaundry

  4. Awesome, thanks! I use vinegar to clean too, I personally like the smell… but my fiance hates it. haha. But that’s good it doesn’t leave a vinegary smell. I try to buy cleaner/greener detergents and fabric softeners, but just like everything else, they’re so expensive. Thanks for the link!

  5. Recipe for liquid laundry detergent:
    http://www.recipezaar.com/Homemade-Laundry-Detergent-70088
    ~ This is basically the recipe I use, but I up the Borax to 1 cup as well. Make it eco-friendly by using an eco-friendly bar of soap (South of France is a good one!). We use our own homemade soap, but even when we were buying South of France soap we figured that making this was saving us A LOT of $$. Like, we were paying one or two pennies per ounce. Now it only costs us FRACTIONS of pennies per ounce. We sell it for 5 cents an ounce, make a very good return, and still are giving people an awesome deal.
    You can also find similar recipes for making it as a powder. Basically, from memory, I think you do everything the same, but don’t melt the soap. Use 2 TB per large load.
    You can add essential oil as you’d like.

  6. Thank you Sam and Mama Taney for officially bumping out the spammers from the recent comments 🙂

    I’m also pretty sure, I just post basic ideas to lure Mama Taney out of Blue Nymph Land to give us all the REALLY good info… Thanks for taking the bait Mama!!

  7. Aww .. bless your heart, now you’re just making me blush! You’re much more informed than I am!! (And have a FAR cooler website & blog, I am in AWE!!)

    Sam & I will always come out & wave our magical “Anti-Spam” wands around for you! Right Sam? 😀

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    I’d love to be able to afford them…

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