Dryer Sheets Comparison

I’ve tried a few brands and types of dryer sheets and decided to review them all together so you can compare. I’m basing my critiques on 3 criteria: effectiveness, “green”ness, and affordability.

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Honest Dryer Cloths
Rank: A
$6.95 for 32 sheets (each cloth can be used twice)

  • Effectiveness: The cloths are very effective at removing static and making my clothes soft. The fragrance is really nice but not overwhelming.
  • Greenness: Like all Honest products, the cloths are free of SLS, fragrance, dyes, phosphates, 1,4-dioxane, chlorine, DEA, formaldehyde, and caustics and they are biodegradable, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, pH neutral, and vegan.
  • Affordability: These sheet are pretty price, but you can use each cloth twice, so theoretically you get 64 loads in each package.
  • Other: The cloths are pre-moistened. I really like this feature because I sometimes fluff my hang-dry clothes in the dryer, and this moisture creates a little steam that works to remove wrinkles.

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Seventh Generation Natural Fabric Softener Sheets
Rank: C
$4.99 for 80 sheets

  • Effectiveness: The sheets didn’t make a big difference. It got rid of static but didn’t seem to soften my clothes.
  • Greenness: These sheets are unbleached, recyclable, biodegradable, and processed without chemicals containing chlorine; USDA Certified Biobased Product.
  • Affordability: These are SUPER affordable.
  • Other: They’re are made of unbleached paper, so you can compost them after they’ve been through the dryer.

 

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Mrs. Meyer’s Dryer Sheets
Rank: B
$7.99 for 80 sheets

  • Effectiveness: These sheets are moderately effective. My clothes didn’t have static, and they felt a little softer. The basil fragrance is lovely out of the box but doesn’t last on your clothes.
  • Greenness: They are 99% naturally derived and free of phthalates, formaldehyde, artificial colors, parabens, and animal derived ingredients.
  • Affordability: These sheets are on the expensive side.

 

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Method Dryer-Activated Fabric Softener
Rank: A
$7.99 for 1 spray bottle (100 loads)

  • Effectiveness: This spray works really well at softening my clothes and getting rid of static. The fresh air fragrance is pleasant and lasts on your clothes.
  • Greenness: Like all Method products, the spray is free of ammonia, phthalates, chlorine, parabens, phosphates, and animal derived ingredients. And because there’s no sheet, there’s nothing to go in the landfill, and the bottle is recyclable.
  • Affordability: Not the most expensive but not the cheapest.
  • Other: To use, you can spray directly into the dryer once you’re clothes are in. I like to get a microfiber cloth damp, spray that instead, and throw it in the dryer. Alternatively, if you use those wool dryer balls you can spray them.
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The Honest Company Laundry Detergent

I’ve written about The Honest Company before. It is an online store that sells its own personal, baby, and home care products that are all natural and cruelty free. It is an amazing company with an incredible philosophy. Check out its principles and prepare to be impressed.

I have been using its laundry detergent for a few weeks now, and I am loving it. You know how when you find a natural or cruelty-free product that could replace a standard product you already use  and all you’re really hoping for is that it doesn’t suck? Like, it never crosses your mind that it could be better than the synthetic products you already use, but you’re willing to sacrifice to use a product you believe in? Well, I am happy to report that that’s not the case with this laundry detergent.

I have one of the high efficiency washers, so it’s hard to find eco-friendly and cruelty-free detergent that I can use in it. Happily, the Honest Company laundry detergent is safe for high efficiency machines. It works well, smells nice, and is free of “SLS, synthetic perfume, glycol, enzymes, dyes, phosphates, 1,4-dioxane, chlorine, DEA, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, caustics, and optical brighteners.”

It’s a bit on the expensive side ($12.95 for 70 fl. oz.), but it really does work just as well as synthetic laundry detergents, so it’s worth it to me. That being said, I will probably rotate it out with other, cheaper laundry detergents from Seventh Generation and Ecover.