If laundry day is getting you down, it may be time to switch up your products. Using the right detergent for your washing machine and current load is important and so is finding a dryer sheet that works for your needs, including skin type and fabric. From fragrance-free to fragrant, activewear to babywear, not all dryer sheets are made equal, and you may need to have a few options on hand to keep your items looking wrinkle and static-free.
Dryer balls are a great way to help speed up drying time and reduce static cling, but they can be noisy and don’t offer the same scent-boosting features as a dryer sheet. Thankfully, there are several types of dryer sheets that keep your clothes looking and smelling great, but what makes certain sheets worthy of a spot on our best-of list?
What To Look For in Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets are commonly made using a polyester fabric that has been treated with a softening agent to help soften fabrics, which is why freshly washed sheets feel great after a long day. The dryer sheets on our list all include softening agents, which are especially important for people who value softness (i.e. the opposite of crunchy towels that have been air-dried).
As pointed out by Healthline, many dryer sheets include toxins that are not necessarily harmful to users. Still, we included several options that were free from all toxins, making them a great option for babies, children, and anyone with sensitive skin.
Many of the dryer sheets on our list help to cut down on static, which can occur when fabric is rubbed together inside a dryer. By reducing static, clothes are less likely to stick together and won’t result in you getting a shock every time you throw on a freshly laundered outfit.
We’ve also included options that work for specific loads, including activewear, dry-clean-only clothes, and items for newborns. Using a dryer sheet that is specifically formulated for a certain type of fabric or skin will help to extend the life of the item and make the wearer more comfortable.
Not sure which dryer sheet should be in your laundry room? You may actually want a few. Check out our top suggestions below.
1. Bounce Outdoor Fresh Fabric Softener Sheets
The great outdoors smell, well, great, so bring that same fresh energy to your laundry with the Bounce Outdoor Fresh Fabric Softener Sheets. Bounce is a leader in laundry to their affordable and high-quality sheets that deliver an invigorating scent and help with everyday issues, like reducing wrinkles and repelling lint and hair from fabric. These dryer sheets contain cationic softeners that are biodegradable and can be used in both regular and HE dryers. Customers will also appreciate that the phosphate-free sheets are recyclable.
2. Free & Clear Up & Up Dryer Sheets
If fragrances on your fabrics are enough to send you into an itchy, sneezy, uncomfortable fit, we recommend the Target brand Up & Up and their Free & Clear Dryer Sheets. Ideal for users with sensitive skin, these dryer sheets are made without the use of perfume or dyes, creating a fragrance-free sheet that is also free from toxins, phosphate, bleach, formaldehyde, aluminum, and sulfate. The hypoallergenic sheets are fragrance-free for sensitive sniffers and help to soften clothes and reduce wrinkles.
3. HEX Performance Fragrance-Free Wet Dryer Sheets
BEST FOR ACTIVEWEAR
Ideally, activewear never sees the dryer and is instead hung up to dry. But space and time constraints can sometimes make ideal situations impossible, which is why we like the HEX Performance Fragrance Free Wet Dryer Sheets. Designed specifically for activewear, the wet dryer sheets help to restore breathability, stretch and the ability to wick sweat in your workout gear and won’t comprise the fabric’s performance abilities. Odors are attacked and removed and static cling is reduced. The wet dryer sheets are also designed with all users in mind and are both hypoallergenic and safe for users with sensitive skin. Now that’s something to get worked up about (in a good way).
4. Method Dryer Sheets
Dryers use a lot of energy, so it’s natural for customers to want to offset their carbon footprint in any way possible when doing laundry. One company that is helping to make clean green is Method, which has created a compostable dryer sheet. Using plant-based static control, their cruelty-free sheets, which are packaged in a recycled and recyclable box, Method’s sheets help to soften fabrics while leaving behind the fresh scent of Beach Sage. Available in several scents, Method also makes laundry detergent, fabric softener, and fragrance boosters all in the Beach Sage scent, helping to bring the ocean to your home — but thankfully without the hot sand and pooping birds.
5. Bounce Pet Hair and Lint Guard Mega Dryer Sheets
BEST FOR PET OWNERS
If you have a pet that sheds, you need all the help you can get to remove dog and cat hair from pretty much every surface in your home. That includes your clothes and bedding, which is why we like the Bounce Pet Hair and Lint Guard Mega Dryer Sheets for pet owners. The sheets are designed to have three times the pet hair repelling powers as typical dryer sheets, helping to keep your black sweater looking black and not black with sooooo much white hair. The sheets are sized extra-large to handle covering ample loads at once still help to remove wrinkles and static cling.
6. Downy Infusions Dryer Sheets
If you like your clothes to come out of the dryer smelling amazing, opt for a dryer sheet that passes the sniff test. We like the Downy Infusions Dryer Sheets, which are available in several scents, including Lavender and Vanilla Bean. Um, can we get this in a latte as well? Not only do the dryer sheets boast a soothing scent, but they also fight off static cling and help to soften fabric.
7. Woolite At-Home Dry Cleaner Sheets
FOR DRY CLEAN-ONLY CLOTHES
If you typically avoid any tags that say ‘Dryclean-only’ because you know a big bill is coming after every wear, we have an affordable solution. Woolite At-Home Dry Cleaner Sheets are safe for use on items that typically require a trip to the dry cleaners. The sheets, which only require 20 minutes in the dryer, remove odors, wrinkles, and stains without shrinking or stretching fabric. Safe for use in regular and HE dryers, the sheets are made without any harsh chemicals, including no phosphates, perchloroethylene, or trichloroethylene. Plus, no more trips to the dry cleaners and pointy wire hangers.
8. Dreambly Natural Laundry Detergent Sheets for Washer and Dryer
Whether you’re planning to travel and need to do laundry while you’re away or looking for a lighter option than lugging a bottle of detergent and box of dryer sheets to the laundry mat, Dreambly Natural Laundry Detergent Sheets for Washer and Dryer are a convenient six-in-one option. The multi-purpose sheets can be used in any type of washing machine to remove stains and odors, while also brightening clothes. When it’s time for the dryer, the same sheet can be used to soften the fabric and remove static cling. The organic sheets are made from 100% cellulose rayon, which makes them hypoallergenic and ideal for users with sensitive skin.
9. Grab Green Natural Wet Dryer Sheets
BEST FOR BABIES
Babies and their skin are still new to the world, which means it doesn’t take much to aggravate their baby soft bodies. Keep their skin happy with the Grab Green Natural Wet Dryer Sheets, which are unscented and free and clear from additives, wax, toxins, masking agents, and anything else you don’t want near the baby’s skin. The cruelty-free dryer sheets are sustainably harvested and compostable, creating a greener world for your little one, and each sheet can be used twice, which is good news because babies make a lot of laundry.