Anti-Static Fabric Softener Dryer Spray


When it comes to homemade recipes, I love to find simple ones that are just a matter of mixing a couple of things together. In fact every summer I celebrate some of these recipes with my annual DIY For Dummies List of things you can make with just 2 ingredients. And when one of those ingredients is just water, that’s even better!

Today’s recipe falls into this super easy category too. It’s a way to make your own anti-static fabric softening spray for the dryer by just mixing together water and fabric softener.

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How to Reduce Static and Soften Clothes with a Homemade Dryer Spray

For the past couple of years my strategy for reducing static in my clothing has been to use my homemade dryer sheets. This method has worked well, but there are times when I’m not sure how potent my sheets still are. I’m kind of lazy about giving them another treatment so most of the time I go the whole winter without resoaking them. I’m sure some of the fabric softener is wearing off them by then.

That’s why the idea of a spray for the dryer intrigued me. Each time I use it I know there will still be the same potency.

How To Make A Homemade Anti-Static Dryer Spray to Replace Dryer Sheets

To make this dryer spray I just combined 3/4 cup of water with 1/4 cup of fabric softener in a spray bottle. Like I said, it’s pretty quick and easy!

How To Reduce Static in the dryer with a homemade spray

I opted to use distilled water for my mixture too. I always feel this is a good choice for mixtures where I’m not sure how quickly I’ll use it up as the distilled water is a purified water that keeps indefinitely.

To use the spray, I simply spray it around in my dryer. I use about 10 sprays per load. My preference is to do this first, and then add the clothing. Then I just run the dryer as usual.

Homemade Anti-Static Dryer Spray

And when the load is done, there really is less static! I was very pleased with how well this strategy worked. Plus this is a great way to stretch how much fabric softener you use as it’s a watered down mixture and you only use a few sprays per load.

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And you can make this spray in any size batch you would like as well. Just stick with a ratio of 3 parts water to 1 parts fabric softener.

So this is the strategy I’ll be trying for a while. It’s simple to make, easy to use, and a money saver too. Some of my favorite things!

Homemade Anti-Static Dryer Spray

Instead of using expensive dryer sheets, why not try this quick DIY dryer spray that's a simple mix of water and fabric softener that will help soften clothes and reduce static cling.
Keyword: Homemade Laundry
Author: Beverly


  • 3/4 Cup Distilled Water
  • 1/4 Cup Fabric Softener


  • Combine the distilled water and the fabric softener in a spray bottle and gently shake to mix together the ingredients.
  • To use: Spray some of the mixture into your dryer. I prefer to do this first and then add the clothing (I do about 10 sprays per load). Then run your dryer as usual.


This mixture can be made in larger or smaller size batches too. Just use a ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part fabric softener.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this information I work in a nursing home in the laundry 🧺 I will be trying this tonight

  2. Can I use water from my filter for this recipe?
    Since the idea is to save money, I dont want to go and spend $$$
    Love all your ideas:)

    1. I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and I have not had any residue in the dryer. You could also try putting the clothes in the dryer and then spraying this into the dryer on the clothing.