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What can I use instead of dryer sheets (please read details)

Asked by RocketSquid (3465 points ) August 3rd, 2010

It’s currently 2 AM, and I have a load of sopping wet laundry in the dryer. I didn’t realize until just now that I have no dryer sheets. Everything open now is too far away to drive to, and almost everything I have to wear is in that load of laundry.

What can I use instead of a dryer sheet that wouldn’t require a good 45 minute journey before bed?

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SamIAm's avatar

you don’t NEED dryer sheets… just pick them up when you can and rewash the load then.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Dryer sheets just help with making the fabric soft, not helping it dry. Just go without, especially if you already used liquid fabric softener.

RocketSquid's avatar

@Samantha_Rae Are they what usually prevents static cling? That’s my big concern.

@papayalily I actually just used regular detergent, haven’t used fabric softener.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Dryer sheets are a luxury item. You can live without using them when you dry your clothes.

SamIAm's avatar

I was just going to add that… do you have static guard? I wouldn’t sweat it if your shit is static-y for a day… you’ll just rewash the load!

RocketSquid's avatar

I’m not to worried about my clothes being soft, it’s just the static cling I’m worried about. Now that I think about it, shouldn’t hanging up the clothes while taking a shower help that out too?

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WestRiverrat's avatar

@RocketSquid usually the static will be managable, especially if there is a lot of humidity. And like others have said, if it is really bad you can rewash them.

The worst thing to do is let them sit and mildew while you wait to get dryer sheets.

augustlan's avatar

Is it summer where you are? If so, static won’t be a huge issue. I hardly ever use dryer sheets, and most of the static problems occur in the winter, when humidity is low.

RocketSquid's avatar

You guys have just saved my night. Got’em drying now.

cazzie's avatar

All dryer sheets are is non woven material coated with a surfactant. (positive ionic coating.. like ammonium salt) Perhaps soap on a wash cloth would work too because that’s a positive ionic surfactant… it’s a sodium salt) Rub some soap on a dry wash cloth and throw it in. It’s the fatty tacky stuff from the dryer sheets that lightly coats your clothes, and doesn’t allow the static to build up. OR, you can remove your clothes when they are still a bit damp and hang them to finish drying. The remaining water stops the electrical charge from building up. OR, if you notice some of the pieces are static-ee, take wet hands and wipe them on the clothes. The water will disperse the charge.

perspicacious's avatar

You can dry clothes without dryer sheets. If you are worried about static cling, dampen a washcloth with vinegar and add to the dryer.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

If all else fails, applying body lotion to your skin where the clothes cling works well.

judochop's avatar

toss in a sheet of toilet paper sprayed with your perfume.

cazzie's avatar

Don’t put in toilet paper! it will become lint and get all over your clothes. Bad Answer at @judochop

Nullo's avatar

Enjoy the static. It’s one of life’s fun things.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes. Use toilet paper.

zzc's avatar

I had heard that if you’re wearing pantyhose, or nylons, and your skirt clings, due to static, spray hair spray on your legs and it will solve the problem.

I hadn’t heard about the tissue solution. Toilet tissue is designed to disintegrate for the sewer. I just read that facial tissue should not be put in the toilet. Perhaps, if you use Kleenex, or other facial tissue, in the drier, it won’t fall apart.

I love fabric softener, but use the liquid, added to the wash. I get really congested and have other allergic reactions to using the drier sheets…actually even being around them.

Has anyone used the ball, you put water in, and then add to the drier? I’ve seen it in catalogues. as an alternative to fabric softener. It would save money. It’s suppose to provide just enough steam to prevent wrinkles. Would it provide steam effectively, in the permanent press setting?

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