Here's What You Can Substitute For Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are great for keeping your clothes soft, static-free, and smelling good. However, there are a lot of downfalls to single-use dryer sheets. They are often loaded with chemicals that can leave a residue on clothing and cause skin irritation. This residue also makes towels less absorbent and can make flame retardant treatments on children's clothes less effective, according to Appliance Center. Since they are single-use products, they create unnecessary waste that will end up in landfills and unnecessary spending for you. On top of all of this, they can make your dryer less effective by interfering with its sensors, per The Spruce

If you're looking to avoid toxic chemicals and buy more sustainable products for your home, you may want to ditch the dryer sheets for good. We've found some dryer sheet alternatives that will keep your clothes fresh — while also eliminating waste, protecting your skin, and saving you some money,

Dryer sheet alternatives

There are many different dryer sheet alternatives that can be used alone or in conjunction. One of the most popular options is wool dryer balls. They are a great substitute for dryer sheets because they're reusable and effective. They work by separating wet clothing to circulate air in your dryer, preventing static and making your clothes dry faster, according to Public Goods. They usually cost around $10 and last over a year, which will save you some money in the long run. To add fragrance, place two to three drops of essential oil on the dryer balls and wait for them to dry before using. Plastic dryer balls are another alternative that works the same way as wool dryer balls, however, you won't be able to add any fragrance. 

If you're looking for the softening effects of dryer sheets, more natural alternatives can give your clothes the same great feel. Add 1/4 cup of vinegar or a teaspoon of baking soda to the wash cycle, according to Greatist. These natural fabric softeners can be used along with the dryer balls to get all the benefits of a dryer sheet.