Why You Should Keep Your Used Dryer Sheets
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If you use dryer sheets to keep your clothes lovely-smelling and static-free, don’t throw them away. Put a basket in the laundry room to hold your used dryer sheets and reach for them to make any of the following household tasks easier (and much more pleasantly scented).
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Around the House
- Wipe one over your clothes or furniture to help remove pet hair.
- Run them over your baseboards and other molding to lift dust and help repel it.
- Keep window blinds clean longer by wiping them down with a used dryer sheet to repel dust and lint.
- Wipe ceiling fan blades with used dryer sheets.
- Remove soot from candle holders with a light scrub from a used dryer sheet.
For the Laundry
- Stuff two in any pair of stinky shoes to help freshen them up.
- Clean a gunky iron by rubbing a used dryer sheet over it.
- Wipe down the inside of your dryer and the lint tray with a used dryer sheet to help pick up stubborn dust and lint.
- Remove deodorant marks on clothes by lightly rubbing with a used dryer sheet.
- Tuck a few used dryer sheets in your dresser drawers for a nice, light scent.
In the Office
- Wipe and dust the television or computer screen. Dryer sheets’ anti-static properties help repel dust and lint.
- Freshen a musty book by putting it into a large plastic baggie with a used dryer sheet or fold a piece or two within the pages of the book itself.
- Wipe dull scissor blades with a used dryer sheet to sharpen them and get clean cuts again.
In the Bathroom
- Wet a used dryer sheet with a few drops of water and wipe it on bathroom surfaces (faucet, shower doors, etc.) to remove soap scum and residue.
- Help remove glitter nail polish by soaking a used dryer sheet in nail polish remover.
- Eliminate hat head and flyaways by running a used dryer sheet on hair.
- Scrub toilet rings with used dryer sheets.
- Polish eyeglass lenses with a used dryer sheet (don’t use on plastic lenses).
In the Kitchen
- Clean up dry spills (like flour in the kitchen or sawdust in the garage) with a used dryer sheet. The tiny particles will stick better to a clingy dryer sheet than to a rag or paper towel.
- Wet a dryer sheet and use it to clean stubborn food off cookware.
- Toss a used dryer sheet into a sheet pan that’s soaking to help loosen cooked-on food.
- Help keep garbage can odors at bay by tossing used dryer sheets in there (rather than, say, the laundry room trash can).
In the Yard
- Put a used dryer sheet in the bottom of a planter or pot to keep soil from falling out of the drainage hole.
- Stuff used dryer sheets into toilet paper rolls to use as a fire starter for camping or a backyard bonfire.
- Wet the used dryer sheet and use it to scrub bugs from the front of your car.
- Dust your car’s console and dashboard with used dryer sheets.