Great Uses for Dryer Sheets
- Clean baked-on food from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in the pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean.
- Collect cat hair? Rubbing the area with a dryer sheet will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.
- Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a dryer sheet in your shoes/sneakers. They will smell great in the morning.
- Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a used dryer sheet.
- Eliminate odors in wastebaskets, laundry baskets and hampers. Place a dryer sheet at the bottom.
- Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a dryer sheet to prevent dust from resettling.
- Eliminate static electricity from your television screen. Since dryer sheets are designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used one to keep dust from resettling. A used one will work better than a new one.
- If you have static electricity in your sewing room and get zapped now and then, try rubbing your chair with a dryer sheet.
- Eliminate static cling from pantyhose. Rub a damp, used dryer sheet over the pantyhose.
- Freshen the air in your car. Place a dryer sheet under the front seat or in the back window where the sun will warm it.
- Freshen the air in your home. Place a dryer sheet in a drawer or hang one in the closet.
- Keep the shock away. Place a sheet in your coat pocket to avoid the shock you get getting in and out of the car in the winter.
- Prevent musty suitcases. Place a dryer sheet inside empty luggage before storing.
- Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh.
- It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.
- Prevent thread from tangling. Pun a threaded needle through a dryer sheet to eliminate the static cling on the thread before sewing.
- Repel mosquitoes, bees, yellow jackets and other bugs. Tie a dryer sheet through your belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season. (Note from Kris: I have received conflicting E-mails on this. One says it works, the other says it doesn't. YMMV.)
- Repel mice and ants. Use in crawl spaces and basements. You can also use them in stored camping trailers and cars.
- Use as a facing when doing appliqué. There are more applique tips here.
- Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used dryer sheet will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.
- Wet a Bounce sheet, hose down your car, and wipe lovebugs off easily with the wet Bounce.
Caution: used dryer sheets can be flammable. (While we are on the subject, so can the lint in your dryer trap, the part that goes outdoors. Make sure that is cleaned regularly.)
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