Better than "Gain"
Okay, so we all see the Gain commercials that seem a little crazy, like people can't seriously be so happy with the way their laundry smells, right?! Well, Gain does have a point... if you use the right stuff, you WILL be crazy about your laundry!! The problem with their method is that production of that product requires mass chemicals... the solution? Make your own! It's that easy...
What you'll need:
-One bar of castile soap (unscented)
-20 drops essential oil (I used a combination of lemon and orange)
-2 1/2 C baking soda
-2 1/2 C borax
Grate the bar of soap so that it becomes fine, crumbly pieces (I like to use my grating tool on my food processor for this to save my arm muscles and make it a quick grating session). Once soap is grated, add it to a container large enough to fit your mixture (make sure the container has a lid). Then add the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Keep a scoop in the container for easy measuring, I just kept the old one from my store-bought stuff and it works well. I typically use the lowest marked level for regular loads.
What you'll need:
-White vinegar -Essential oil of choice -Water
In a container with a lid, add vinegar until mostly full. Then, add 10-20 drops of an essential oil of choice for desired aroma (I like to use lemongrass). Next, add your dryer sheets to the jar and fill the remaining portion with water. Fully submerge all sheets before using. Store with the lid closed near your laundry area for easy access.
*NOTE: When cutting your dryer sheets, you can use any size or style you want. I would recommend sewing the edges if you do not like them to fray. Mine have not been sewn yet but they have held up really nicely.
*NOTE: Typically, I can reuse the same mixture twice before needing to make a new batch of liquid for the sheets to soak up. Keep a basket near your laundry for easy storage of used sheets and once all are used, place them all back into your jar and start again. When the liquid is gone, just repeat this process.