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15 Ways To Use (And Reuse) Dryer Sheets Around The Home
Have you only been using your dryer sheets for laundry? You're missing out!
Ashley Brewer
02.28.18

Have you only been using your dryer sheets for laundry? You’re missing out! Dryer sheets are great for making laundry soft and reducing static, but believe it or not; they can do oh-so-much more.

Here are 15 incredible ways to use and re-use dryer sheets to help with daily tasks around the home.

The best part is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on the expensive name brands, just pick up a box from your local dollar store, and you’re good to go! You’ll never look at dryer sheets the same again.

1. Remove stuck on food from pots and pans

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Food can easily become baked or cooked onto your pots and pans, making it annoyingly difficult to remove. Place a non-woven polyester dryer sheet in the pot or pan, then fill it with hot water. Let the pan soak overnight, then wipe away the food with the dryer sheet the next morning. The silicone will help break up the food, and the textured material of the dryer sheet will help scrub the pot or pan without damage to non-stick surfaces.

2. Clean bugs from your car

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Dampen a dryer sheet to gently scrub and remove bugs from your car’s bumper or windshield. The fabric has enough abrasiveness to scrub away the bugs without damaging your car’s paint or finish.

3. Freshen stinky shoes and sneakers

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Shoes have a tendency to get real stinky, real fast. After removing shoes that aren’t so fresh, just slip a dryer sheet inside and let it sit to absorb the odor. You could always cut a dryer sheet in half to fit inside high heels or children’s shoes.

4. Remove soap scum in the bathroom

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Here’s a fun fact that you probably didn’t know – dryer sheets are absolutely amazing at removing soap scum! Just moisten a dryer sheet and gently scrub your shower doors, ceramic, or tile and watch the soap scum disappear.

5. Make sewing easier

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Like sewing or doing needlework? Prevent your thread or string from becoming tangled by using a needle to thread it through a dryer sheet beforehand. Voila!

6. Dust your electronics

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Television and computer screens are electronically charged, which means that they actually attract dust, that’s why you might find yourself cleaning them every few days. Since dryer sheets reduce static cling, use them to dust your electronics; not only will the sheet remove the dust, but it will prevent it from returning as easily.

7. Keep your luggage fresh while traveling

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Clothes can get a bit musty smelling after a week or two of traveling. Make sure to bring some dryer sheets along on your next trip, just place one in between your clothing to keep them smelling, well, fresh out of the dryer.

8. Polish chrome

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Whether it’s your faucet, shower head, or even your car – chrome can lose it’s luster fairly quickly. Just damped a dryer sheet and give the chrome a gentle scrub for a spotless shine.

9. Remove gunk from your iron

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Irons can accumulate build-up which, in turn, can end up on your clothing – that’s never good. Rub a dampened dryer sheet onto the dirty iron while it’s cold. Then, place the iron on a low heat setting and rub over a paper towel a few times to remove any excess residue.

10. Create a fire starter

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Find an old paper towel or toilet paper roll and stuff with a used dryer sheet, pinch the ends of the cardboard close the rolls and keep the contents inside. You’ve just created your very own fire starter! This is such a great idea for camping.

11. Freshen up a trash can

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After taking out your trash, be sure to place a dryer sheet at the bottom of the can before replacing with a new bag. That stinky trash smell will be a forgotten memory!

12. Remove deodorant stains

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Deodorant stains on your shirt aren’t just annoying, but they’re embarrassing too. Nip that problem in the bud by rubbing a dryer sheet on the fabric. The deodorant stain will be gone in no time.

13. Use them as an insect repellent

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Mosquitos and other biting/stinging bugs are repelled by the scent and chemicals on dryer sheets. Rub a dryer sheet on your skin and clothing, or tie a dryer sheet onto a belt loop for an instant insect repellent.

14. Fix hair flyaways

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Make sure to keep a few dryer sheets in your purse or desk to help calm flyaways and static hair. Just rub a dryer sheet over your unruly hair and it should tame right down.

15. Soften the soles of your feet

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Are the bottom of your feet feeling a little rough? Soften them up by soaking your feet in warm water then rubbing them with a used dryer sheet. Sounds strange, works great!

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By Ashley Brewer
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