Dryer Sheet Hack: Essential Oil Recipe

Dryer sheets are great to use when doing laundry. It softens the clothes, reduces static, and provides a wonderful aroma.

However, concerns have been raised about how safe these aromatic sheets are, especially because they contain artificial fragrances. Various studies1,2 reported some adverse health effects from laundry product fragrances such as asthma attacks, skin problems, migraine attacks, and eye and airways irritation.

If you’re a big dryer sheet user and just can’t let them go, make your own reusable dryer sheets with essential oils instead! You won’t be exposed to harmful fragrances and you can even save money. You’re going to fall in love with these dryer sheets!

Here’s a Free Laundry Essential Oil Workshop you can check out too!

What I Love About These Dryer Sheets

dryer sheet hack

There is so much to love about this recipe! It is so safe to use, it does the job, it is economical, and even environment-friendly. My health-conscious and Earth-loving friends will surely love this. Plus, you can personalize the scent and make it your own!

What’s in This Dryer Sheet Recipe?

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You can’t do natural household cleaning without vinegar! Even in laundry, vinegar is a great product to use. It is used to soften clothes and doesn’t leave a smell.

Tangerine Essential Oil

The fresh and citrusy scent of Tangerine Essential Oil is something you’ll love on your clothes. Thanks to limonene, a natural component of this oil, it also contains natural cleaning properties.

Clean & Fresh Essential Oil Blend

Infused with Fir Needle, Neroli, Lemon, and Grapefruit essential oils, Clean & Fresh Essential Oil Blend also provides cleaning effects and a wonderful aroma of outdoors and citrus.

Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme Essential Oil will disinfect your clothes naturally. And unlike commercial dryer sheets that can cause asthma, thyme can even support healthy respiration.

Natural Solubilizer

To properly combine the essential oils with vinegar, use a natural solubilizer. Someone who constantly makes DIY essential oil recipes must have this at hand.

Things to Remember When Using This Recipe

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil recipe is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

This recipe is not generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use.

This essential oil recipe is safe to use with kids aged 10+.

Cats may find the oils in this recipe irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this recipe as directed. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

Dogs may find the oils in this recipe irritating. However, we do not expect your dog to be disturbed if you use this recipe as directed. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA

Dryer Sheets Recipe

Fresh Reusable Dryer Sheets Recipe

Time: 5 minutes
Est. Shelf Life: 6 weeks (9 months preserved)
Yield: 4 oz


  • 10 drops Tangerine Essential Oil

  • 10 drops Clean and Fresh Essential Oil Blend

  • 2 drops Thyme Essential Oil

  • 1/2 tsp natural solubilizer

  • 1/2 cup vinegar

  • Flannel or old t-shirt


  • In a glass measuring cup, mix together essential oils and a natural solubilizer.
  • While stirring, slowly add the vinegar.
  • Pour the mixture into a sealable jar.
  • Cut up the flannel or t-shirts into 5-inch squares.
  • Add the cloth to the vinegar mixture. 
  • To use, remove a cloth from the jar and squeeze out the excess mixture. Add a sheet to the dryer to help soften and scent dryer load.

Stop Using Toxin-Filled Dryer Sheets!

Instead of using toxin-filled dryer sheets, ensure your family’s safety by making your own using only safe and all-natural ingredients. What do you think of this recipe? We’d love to hear about it on social media with @fromsimplyearth and in the comments below!

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  1. Kessler R. Dryer vents: an overlooked source of pollution?. 2011
  2. Steinemann, A. Fragranced consumer products: exposures and effects from emissions. 2016 Oct