As you can see, I didn't take the process very seriously.
But over the past few years my skin has become more sensitive and my dermatologist finally told me I need to give up all (most) things scented. And, in fact, if I could give up dryer sheets completely, that would be great. Oy. But dryer sheets make things smell CLEAN! How could I live without that satisfying scent of Bounce Outdoor Fresh? But finally, I decided there had to be a way to soften clothes and reduce static without rubbing chemicals on each load.
I had to stop the washer right before the rinse cycle and add a 1/4 cup of white vinegar. My washing machine was so old I had to listen for the perfect moment. It was ridiculous...I'd be cooking and drop the spoon, "Oh hold on, it's the rinse cycle!" Let's say 43% of the time my clothes were soft.
To reduce static I tried:
-bobby pins - no
-safety pins! - I had high hopes, but no.
-vinegar spray in the dryer - oh holy bucket that smelled terrible despite the crunchy granola blogger's protestations that the smell would go away in the dryer! Um, no.
-the nubby plastic dryer balls - the plastic chipped away and polluted my dryer
In desperation I purchased three big wool dryer balls on Amazon. Oh. My. Gosh. They soften (no more vinegar), they dewrinkle, they reduce static, AND they reduce drying time. Oh man, I totally deserve a "toldja so." It took me three years to learn on my own what Jenny had taught me in the first place.