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Thread: Dryer Fabric Softener Sheets for String Quilts

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    Never use dryers sheets as DH has allergies and kids have asthma. Also our quilt guild gives quilts to charities and they ask for no fragrance. But I do have a friend who uses the old sheets for cleaning her bathroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat Sews View Post
    I never have used dryer sheets available for anything else since I discovered how great they are for cleaning the bathroom. With the sheet and plain water I can remove grandkid's toothpaste mess, hubby's greasy hand gunk, polish the faucet and even remove toilet ring. Bonus, makes the bathroom smell nice and is much faster than anything else I have ever tried.
    Maybe this is a stupid question but are you using the dryer sheet, to clean the bathroom, straight from the box, or "AFTER" it was used in the dryer??? Sounded like a good tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I worked with dryer sheets once - used ones that had already been through the dryer - and after about 5 blocks, I was so sick of the scent I swore I'd never use them in quilting again.
    I always use unscented sheets but my first thought was the smell, especially if the quilt was going to be a gift. I have a real hard time with scents, I usually call them odors!! LOL
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    We lost the house to fire 10 years ago so I'm paranoid about fires now. Thanks so much for the advice.

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    We use only unscented - I don't use them for anything else actually, but just thought I would mention that they are readily available without any scent at all. Once I moved away from scented laundry detergent or dryer sheets due to suspected allergy issues, I will never go back as now the scented stuff seems overwhelming to me.

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    Since we've moved and need to use the community washer and dryer, my DH doesn't want me using dryer sheets, as they do leave a residue. However, when I had my own dryer, I would use the dryer sheet at least twice. I don't see a problem with using "used" dryer sheets for string piecing, as it would not be as thick as using fabric. Just my opinion.

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    Why not buy the really inexpensive ($1.19 yd) muslin to use for foundation piecing and then you don't have to worry about it. I read an article about recycling the dryer sheets for foundation piecing and the writer said that they had use the sheets several years ago for foundation piecing and the white strips ended up having a lot of yellow spots on them after the quilt was washed and dried. Also, a lot of people are allergic to the polyester fibers that come out of those sheets as they are washed and dried, especially children and older people. Also, in case of fire, anything with polyester fibers in it will melt instead of burn.

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    I fold used dryer sheets in 1/8 and touch lightly with a cool iron to flatten and then use them as leaders and enders. My needle seems to glide better and there is a huge saving of thread if you are doing much single item sewing (as opposed to chain piecing) and they are great in preventing the "ears" of triangles from disappearing down the needle hole and creating a jam or messed up pair of triangles from having "chewed up ears".

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    We put dryer sheets in the family cottage here and there to keep the mice away in the winter when it's closed up. A relative does the same in her RV. It seems to work. The cottage smells nice too when we open up in the spring. I do use them in the dryer in the winter but rip them in half. I like the tip for bathroom cleanup.

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    I stopped using fabric softener of any sort many years ago because my older son is allergic, and more recently I have found other reasons to shun them:
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...reener-laundry

    You could get the cheapest, thinnest type of interfacing or muslin to use for foundation piecing, and it would have the added advantage that you can cut it to any size.
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