Making your own dryer sheets can be an effective way to save money and to keep your clothes static-free, soft and smelling great. It doesn't take a lot of extra work and is definitely worth the little bit of time it takes.
Choose your rags. It works best if you have a few fabric softener rags so that if there is one that is in the laundry, you don't have to worry about digging it out and so that it is okay if one or two gets lost. Having several can often be helpful. Your rags don't need to be very large - 5x5 or larger works. You can use old wash clothes, a cut up towel, or another type of rag.
Thoroughly wash your rags. To begin this project you will want to wash your rags and make sure they are clean and dust-free. Do this by running them through a load of wash like you normally would.
Mix up a fabric softener solution. Take one cup of fabric softener and one cup of warm water and mix them together well in a medium-sized bowl.
Let your rags soak. Leave your rags in the fabric softener mix for about fifteen to twenty minutes. This will let the rag absorb and hold as much of it as possible in the fibers. You can leave the rag in the mixture longer than that if you wish (such as while at work or overnight).
Let your rags dry. Let your rags dry in the air thoroughly before use. This could take awhile, but will work better than drying them in the dryer.
Use. You can use one rag for each load of laundry just as you would a dryer sheet. They will add fabric softener to your clothing and keep them smelling fresh, remaining soft, and help to eliminate the static cling.
Refresh. After ten to twelve loads of laundry you will need to refresh your clothes. You can do this by washing them in the washer and beginning the process anew.
By gathering 12 rags to convert to dryer sheets, you can have enough for a nice duration. You can then wait till six of them are used up and make new with those six rags while having the other six to use for your laundry. This way there is never a huge rush to make new ones and you always have one available. You can easily store them on a shelf or rack above the dryer or even in a mesh bag hanging near by. Your homemade dryer sheets will save you loads of money and are easy to make for yourself.