Want to save money on expensive dryer sheets? I already use Downy in the wash (I just gotta have me some of that “fresh clean scent” in my clothes) and have always bought unscented dryer sheets for the static cling control factor because I didn’t want to “mix smells”. I know. I’m wierd.

I was at my mom’s the other day and she mentioned a tip she’d read in a book she bought (sorry, I don’t have the name of it, but I’m going to get it from her) that is CHOCK FULL-o-rama of household tips and hints aimed at saving money. She told me that if you tear a sheet of aluminum foil off and ball it up into a ball, toss it into the dryer with your wet clothes (sans dryer sheet), it will control the static cling. Voila! I tried it and it works. I have no clue how long one ball is good for, but I’m on the 5th load and it’s still working fine. The photo below is NOT the ball I’m using, merely a “sample” of what mine started out as. Mine is now packed tighter than a can of sardines, but still controlling that static.

It works for me, what works for you? Head on over to Shannon’s to see more WFMW hints!

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8 Comments on WFMW: Cheap! Alternative to Dryer Sheets

  1. Girl Gone Wild
    March 21, 2007 at 8:18 am (17 years ago)

    No kidding!? Hmmmm…gonna have to try it. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Mom2fur
    March 21, 2007 at 12:18 pm (17 years ago)

    That is just so ‘out of the box’ that I’ll have to try it! Mostly because I keep forgetting to buy dryer sheets, LOL! (I’ve been using white vinegar–but you know how hard it is to catch the rinse cycle.) Thanks for a cool, interesting tip!

  3. Jennifer
    March 21, 2007 at 1:41 pm (17 years ago)

    Oh, my, this is THE best idea. I was out of sheets for a while, and it is so dry here in the Winter, and we were so static-y. I will remember this in a pinch.

    I hope you will post and link up your results for Read to Me by Friday.

  4. Barbara H.
    March 21, 2007 at 2:55 pm (17 years ago)

    I’d never heard of that — great idea!

  5. Lori
    March 21, 2007 at 4:16 pm (17 years ago)

    Oh, I will have to try this soon! Too bad you can’t rub one on kids’ hair to keep it from standing up when they take off their hoods! 🙂

  6. Rae
    March 21, 2007 at 5:06 pm (17 years ago)

    Wow, great tip! Very frugal too. I’ll have to try it out. Thanks for sharing, have a great week! =)

  7. clutterbugs
    March 21, 2007 at 7:09 pm (17 years ago)

    NO WAY!! I am dying to give this a try. Thanks for the great tip!

  8. Amy Jane
    March 25, 2007 at 1:24 am (17 years ago)

    Dittos to the above. I’m gonna try this when my box runs out :o)

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