Introduction: Unusual Uses for Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets are something that can be found in nearly every American home - why not find some extra uses for them?
Dryer sheets have many unusual uses, but I'm only posting the ones I've tested and have determined actually work, because we all know how much make-believe stuff is out there in Pinterest-blog-land now. ;)
Keep on reading to find loads of unusual uses for dryer sheets - hopefully a few of them will be new to you!
Step 1: Remove the Dead Bugs From Your Car
I am definitely choosing the wrong time of year to write about this use since we've had about eight inches of snow on the ground for a week now. But hey, it works!
This is a tip I discovered a few years ago and it really does work! Dryer sheets can pretty easily clean bugs off your car's grill, hood, mirrors and windshield. You can use new or used dryer sheets for this, too! There's a load of debate about whether or not it scratches the paint, but I've never seen any damage. :)
To do this, spray the car down with either water or a mild cleaner and then use the dryer sheet to scrub. Viola!
Image via Flickr user Maigh
Step 2: Remove Deodorant Marks From Clothing
This is a great reason to keep used dryer sheets around!
If you ever find yourself with deodorant on your shirt, scrunch up a used dryer sheet and rub the deodorant mark. You'll see the mark disappear pretty dang fast. :D
Just make sure the dryer sheet is used and dry here - or you could create new marks!
Step 3: Fight the Static!
I much prefer using dryer sheets to fight static instead of using Static Guard or other sprays. Here are a few ways to defeat static using dryer sheets:
- rub a new dryer sheet on clothing that won't behave and is sticking together. It's best to do this on the underside of the clothing to keep it from sticking together.
- use a new dryer sheet to rub the inside of a knitted hat to help keep your hair from getting charged and flying everywhere once you take it off.
- when your hair is totally out of control, rub a new dryer sheet on the bristles of your brush and then brush your hair. Good smelling hair and no fly-aways!
Step 4: Freshen While Vacuuming
I have a really ugly and old vacuum (at this point it is legitimately taped together) so enjoy this photo of a very in focus dryer sheet and an out of focus vacuum. ;)
You can add half a fresh dryer sheet to your vacuum bag or canister to make the house smell great while vacuuming! Normally the dryer sheet is not strong enough to scent the air, but you'll find the air smells cleaner. In my case, it totally gets rid of the dog smell the vacuum tends to take on!
This unusual use works really really well - the house will smell extra clean once you're done! It's especially useful if you have pets. I normally end up using both halves of the sheet as I have to empty the canister halfway due to a crazy abundance of dog hair.
(Thought I admit I normally use a cotton ball with some essential oil on it instead so I can customize the scent. :D)
Step 5: Shine Metal Appliances and Clean Glass Shower Doors
Dryer sheets are great to shine your faucets or clean a glass shower door - even the shower walls!
New dryer sheets work best when it comes to soap scum on the shower door and walls. Wet the dryer sheets and use them to scrub! Just make sure to give the surfaces a good rinse after to remove all the gunk you've disrupted. :)
For faucets, used dryer sheets are better! Use them to buff any water marks away.
You can also clean just about any old metal appliance - used dryer sheets are great at buffing away fingerprints and smudges. :D
Step 6: Remove Caked on Food From Pans
If you've cooked something (or you know, burned the hell out of it) that just does not want to come off the pan, a new dryer sheet can help! Fill the pan with hot water and add a dryer sheet. Let it soak for a couple hours or overnight.
When you come back to check on your mess, dump out the water and use the dryer sheet to wipe away the burned on mess! It's pretty amazing honestly. I was only left with a couple tiny spots I had to scrub with the dryer sheet. :)
To test this out I made a big pan of my lemon garlic potatoes - worked like a charm! Normally I soak and scrub and still have gunk stuck on the pan. Not this time!
Step 7: Deodorize ALL THE THINGS
Because new dryer sheets are so fragrant, they're great for keep your clothes and other textiles fresh smelling:
- tuck a dryer sheet into your luggage before a trip. It'll keep your clothes smelling really nice. I like to keep a plastic grocery bag in there to tie up dirty clothes, too - that'll help to keep the smells to a minimum, too
- place a dryer sheet into your gym bag - it can help with the sweaty funk that tends to happen in there. If you forget to bring it in and wash the clothes it won't be quite as bad as it normally would!
- put dryer sheets in the bottoms of your trash cans. I do this in both the kitchen and bathrooms - it's especially great in the bathroom
- put them under the seats in your car as a substitute for those vent and rearview mirror air fresheners!
- put dryer sheets in dressers and closets storing out of season clothing or blankets - they'll keep them from getting musty
- hide dryer sheets under couch or chair cushions in smelly rooms
Step 8: Used Dryer Sheets Are Great for Dusting and Powdery Messes
Used dryer sheets are amazing for dusting and cleaning around the house!
They're a easy and fast way to clean baseboards and molding or general dusting.
One of my favorite ways to use them is to dust electronics - they work great! Next time you have to open up your laptop or PC, use a used dryer sheet to remove all of the dust, hair and debris that collects in there. :D
If you spill flour, cornstarch or other light powdery materials, a used dryer sheet can help grab the mess so you can clean it up quicker. For little messes, use the dryer sheet to wipe them up. For bigger messes, the dryer sheet can help you scoot the mess into a dust pan or trash can. :)
Step 9: Clean Window Blinds
Window blind are one of my least favorite things to clean, but a dryer sheet makes it a bit easier!
This works best with used dryer sheets. I like to close the blinds (so they're facing down and flat) and wipe the surface to remove dust. Then close them so they're up and ridged and wipe again. :D
You can also push the dryer sheet through the blinds and wipe horizontally, but that's a lot more time consuming.
Step 10: Keep Thread Tangle Free
I actually prefer to use beeswax for this, but if you don't have any around, you can use a new or used dryer sheet to keep your thread from tangling.
Thread a needle and then drag it through a dryer sheet to stop the thread from sticking to itself. It works great and your sewing will smell a little nicer for a bit. :D