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How to Make and Use Dryer Hankies: Easy All Natural Housekeeping

How To Make And Use Dryer Hankies: Easy All Natural Housekeeping

Dryer Hankies are a simple, frugal, and surprisingly luxurious alternative to commercial dryer sheets. I keep a small stack next to my laundry machines along with a selection of my favorite essential oils. I usually use old wash cloths or hankies, so the edges are already finished. If you’re using scraps of fabric, I recommend sewing a seam on all the raw edges to prevent them from fraying and adding more lint or strings to your laundry.

Equipment for Dryer Hankies:

  • One or more hankies, wash cloths, or scraps of fabric
  • One or more essential oils

To Make and Use a Dryer Hankie:

  1. Dampen a hankie, wash cloth, or scrap of fabric with water or pull a wet rag from the laundry you just washed.
  2. Drop two or three drops of your favorite essential oil on the dryer hankie. (Consider keeping a spritzer bottle with with 6 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of water to spray on the cloth instead. Remember to shake it well before use.)
  3. Add the dryer hankie to the clothes dryer with your damp clothing.
  4. Dry your load of laundry as usual. The scent and properties of the essential oils will be gently transferred to your laundry.
  5. Repeat Steps 1 through 4 for each load of laundry.

Essential Oils to Use with Dryer Hankies:

Candace Hunter

Candace Hunter is a self-taught herbalist and artist who never, ever practices on guinea pigs in part because her family and friends are generally up to the job. She is co-author of The Practical Herbalist's Herbal Folio series and author of Herbalism for the Zombie Apocalypse. She edits The Practical Herbalist website and Practical Herbalist Press publications. She has also recently entered into the field of podcasting with reckless abandon. Listen to her on Real Herbalism Radio today, see her work at, or find her on Facebook at Candace Hunter Creations.

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