It is no secret that dryer sheets are not the most environmentally friendly product.
Dryer sheets can cause harmful chemicals to enter your home, and they leave behind a residue on your clean clothes.
If you have been looking for an alternative to dryer sheets, then we may just have found one!
Using aluminum foil in the dryer instead of dryer sheets has many benefits. It reduces static, softens clothes, and most importantly, is safer for you and your family.
In this article we will discuss how using aluminum foil in the dryer works and why it’s a better choice than traditional methods such as dryer sheets!
- 1 Why does a Dryer Create Static Electricity?
- 2 Do You Really Need Dryer Sheets and Do They Soften Fabric?
- 3 Aluminum Balls Reduce Static and Soften Clothes
- 4 Conclusion: Static-Free Laundry
Why does a Dryer Create Static Electricity?
Let’s start by giving you a basic understanding of static electricity and why you always end up with static cling when your clothes have been in the dryer.
A lot of our clothes are now made of synthetic fabrics which are made out of plastic. These plastics have a charge to them that is either positive or negative and this charge creates static electricity.
A dryer is a fairly simple machine, which just blows hot air around. This blowing action causes the clothing fibers to rub against one another and this rubbing creates static electricity. This is what zaps you when you take your laundry out of the dryer.
Static electricity is even more common in the home during winter, when humidity is low, which makes the air we breathe dry.
So, that’s a basic rundown of why all your clean clothes stick together and give you those annoying little shocks when you take them out of the dryer. Now we need to look at the solution, and what’s best for preventing this from happening.
Do You Really Need Dryer Sheets and Do They Soften Fabric?
Most of us have heard of dryer sheets, but what you may not be aware of is the toxic chemicals they can hold and not to mention the annoying residue they can leave behind.
Although dryer sheets do soften fabric, you really don’t have to use them to soften your clothes. There are many alternatives to dryer sheets out there, which will also soften fabric.
One other option to replace a dryer sheet is aluminum foil. It does not include any chemicals and will leave you with softer laundry as well as reduce static in the process.
What Can Be Used as an Alternative to a Dryer Sheet?
There are lots of suggestions out there that people rave about. The dryer sheet alternative we prefer is using aluminum foil in the dryer.
Aluminum foil is a fantastic way to soften your laundry without having to waste money on chemical filled dryer sheets.
No more chemical residue on your clothes and extra money in your pocket thanks to this simple solution.
We have tested using aluminum foil in the dryer and have discovered that it works a treat.
This simple solution, which you can see below, will keep cash in your pocket, and you won’t want to buy another dryer sheet ever again.
Another benefit to using aluminum foil as an alternative to dryer sheets is that you are being green by helping reduce unwanted waste, which can end up in landfills.
How Do You Dry Clothes Without Dryer Sheets?
It’s pretty easy to dry clothes without dryer sheets at home; it just means that you have to contend with static. You’ll also need to dry your clothes longer in the dryer, because they stick together due to the static, which in turn means increased energy costs.
A more cost-effective way, which also gets rid of the static while softening your clothes as well, is to use aluminum foil balls in your dryer. As far as dryer sheet alternatives, this is the best way to go, in our opinion.
Read on and follow our instructions below and, we think you, will be pleasantly surprised with the results you will get.
Aluminum Balls Reduce Static and Soften Clothes
Using aluminum foil in the dryer in the form of aluminum foil balls will reduce static cling while softening your clean laundry.
Take a few sheets of foil and roll each one over the other to make a nicely compacted ball.
This aluminum ball will help you to get rid of dryer static and dry clothes faster, lowering the drying time.
The ball you make needs to be of a diameter of approximately 2.5 to 3 inches.
Place the ball in your dryer, either on top of or under your clothing, turn the dryer on, select your preferred cycle and start drying your clothes.
Static cling, while the clothes are being dried, will be reduced, because aluminum foil attracts and neutralizes it. That’s the basics without getting all technical about it.
Once all the water is extracted and your clothes are dry, you will be able to remove them from the dryer without any electric shocks from static energy. Your clothes will be soft too, just as if you used a dryer sheet.
Side note: We’ve also heard that some people find the smell of dryer sheets too strong, so aluminum foil is a good solution to this problem too.
Here are the Advantages of Aluminum Foil Balls in the Dryer
No more chemicals and no more unwanted scents, which is especially useful to people with allergies as there are no irritating perfumes contained in the aluminum foil.
Using aluminum foil instead of dryer sheets is also much better for the environment as it will help to reduce waste.
Furthermore, you will have no more static in your dryer, which means that you can easily fold your freshly softened clean laundry without little shocks.
Have we already mentioned that there is also no unwanted residue left on your fresh laundry either?
Lastly, one of the best advantages is the savings you gain, one by not having to buy dryer sheets anymore. And two, aluminum foil balls can be used over and over, so you will not only save your money, but also do good for the environment.
And don’t forget the energy savings, as your clothes will dry faster as they will stay separated in the dryer thanks to these balls. So, plenty of money savings from such a simple idea.
Conclusion: Static-Free Laundry
So, there you have it! A simple expense-cutting choice to using dryer sheets for softer, cleaner laundry. No more unwanted scent or residue, which you get from using dryer sheets.
Aluminum foil is reusable, cheap and more environmentally friendly than the chemical filled dryer sheet. A creative way to be green in your home.
With aluminum foil balls, you can reuse them over and over unlike dryer sheets, which you would most likely throw in the trash after each use costing you even more money.
So, make this simple alternative to the dryer sheets yours today, start saving and living a healthier life, while also protecting the environment.