How to Freshen Your Sheets Without Harsh Chemicals

how to freshen sheets without harsh chemicals

With fall kicking off and the weather cooling down, flannel sheets are starting to make their way out of the storage closet. When sheets have been in storage for a season they can develop a musty or stale smell. If you like to use laundry detergent that is free of scents or harsh chemicals, it can be hard to get rid of unwanted smells and freshen your sheets. Here are a few tips for freshening your sheets without using harsh softeners or added chemicals.

Lavender Water

Apartment Therapy  suggests using lavender water to freshen laundry. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil or other essential oil to water in a spray bottle. Spray the sheets generously before you load them in the washer. They should retain just a hint of the fresh scent after they are washed and dried.

Wool Dryer Balls

Felted dryer balls are a good chemical free alternative to dryer sheets in your dryer. The wool balls soak up moisture and redistribute it as humidity as the load dries, reducing static and keeping your laundry from wrinkling. Crunchy Betty provides step by step instructions for making felted dryer balls. The dryer balls require old scraps of wool, and yarn or wool roving. You can roll them into a tennis ball sized ball and wash them with hot water in old panty hose. Wash and dry them again until the balls are nice and tight.  Once your dryer balls are complete you can add a drop or two of essential oil to the balls to give your laundry your favorite fresh scent.


White vinegar has endless uses around the house. One use is to freshen laundry. DIY Life recommends adding a half cup of vinegar to your laundry at the start of the cycle along with your regular detergent. The vinegar will get rid of the musty smells and will not leave any vinegar scent behind. It will also help your sheets stay soft without the use of fabric softeners.

Avoiding Chemicals

Your skin spends a lot of time in contact with your sheets. If you have sensitive skin, try to avoid the use of harsh chemicals on your sheets. These three tips can help you freshen your sheets for the winter season without the use of fabric softeners, dryer sheets or scented laundry detergent. You can wash your sheets and feel confident that you won’t be sleeping on any harsh chemicals, and you won’t have to smell overwhelming scents that often accompany laundry detergents and softeners. How do you freshen your sheets?

Photo “Untitled” courtesy of Anthony Woodside

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