Tuesday Tips ~ Vinegar for the Dryer

With all the handy tips out there on the web on how to ‘Go Green’ I have been working on weeding through some of them. 

I tried the ‘Honey Challenge’ over at Crunchy Betty, and now I am hooked on finding simpler ways to live with simpler ingredients.

A big change for me {almost bigger than using honey on my face} is using Vinegar with Citrus Essential Oil when drying laundry.  I spritz the wet load with 15 to 20 spritz’ and then start the dryer as normal.

When I first thought of getting rid of my Downy and Dryer Sheets I had a mini-melt down.  I l-o-v-e some fresh, clean sheets to snuggle in.

After ‘toughing’ it for a month… I have found I don’t even miss the Downy in my sheets.  Amazing, huh?

The way Mr. SD’s work clothes smell soooooo fresh coming out of the dryer is wonderful, and I know that I am using less chemicals and ingredients than I was.  All for a healthier life for my kiddos.  That is a pretty good feeling.

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Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I love comments, and will return the favor! ~ Kimberlee



  1. 1
    roxan says:

    how many drops of oil to what part of vinegar? i have been using lavender eo and cant seem to get it right.

    • 2
      Kimberlee says:

      Roxan ~ I have been using two cups of vinegar to a tablespoon of the Orange Oil. But… the orange oil I purchased is not a very high quality, so you may want to go with less. I can smell the orange oil when spraying the laundry in the dryer, but not when the clothes come out. ~Kimberlee

  2. 3
    Michelle @ Thrifty 101 says:

    Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday….you’ve been featured! Drop by and grab an “I was featured” button and hope to see you again this week!
    Michelle @ http://www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

    • 4
      Kimberlee says:

      Thanks so much Michelle! This totally made my day! ~ Kimberlee

  3. 5
    Tori says:

    Does this keep the clothes from having static cling like dryer sheets do?

    • 6
      Kimberlee says:

      Toni ~ It is funny that you should ask this. I did use dryer sheets after using the vinegar spray for awhile. And found the clothes to have more static with the dryer sheets than with the vinegar spray. When taking a load out of the dryer sometimes I have to shake the static ‘off’ some of the clothes, but I haven’t had a problem with the static either. ~ Kimberlee

  4. 7
    Karen J says:

    Great idea. A definite must try. Thanks.

  5. 8
    Betty says:

    What a great hint! Vinegar is truly amazing. I used to have serious issues getting my laundry soap scent to match up with my dryer sheet scent. So glad that ‘s not a problem anymore! Anyway, I’d love it if you would consider sharing this post on my blog’s new link-up. I love helpful tips that save money and the environment. Win-win! http://littlefarminthebigcity.blogspot.com/2012/04/homestead-helps-wednesday-homestead-hop.html

  6. 9
    Donna says:

    Is it vinegar with water or pure vinegar you are spritzing on the wet clothes? Probably couldn’t use it on dryer balls?


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I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!


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