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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

<p>Great post. As a (very hairy shepard/husky mix) dog and cat(s) owner I also use used dryer sheets on my dry dust pad ....it's a hair magnet (great for just before you scrub) and also is great to run over walls for dust. And it no only makes appliances gleam, it's great for faucets and taps!</p>
<p>where do you put the dryer sheets for the vaccuum</p>
<p>If it's bagless, in the canister. If it comes with a bag, stuff a dryer sheet in there. </p>
Kinda gross but it works...use dryer sheets in your underwear when you have bad gas...put them in the back so when you fart, the gas has to travel through the dryer sheet..aww its like a warm hug everytime you fart!
<p>Hahahah! A "warm hug everytime you fart" is 100% hilarious. Useful, too. ;)</p>
<p>Great tips! TYSM.</p>
<p>Nice tips, but please use a biodegradable brand of dryer sheet. Most of them are made of a non-biodegradable polyester.</p>
<p>Because it is the DOSE which makes the toxin. That is the 1st Law of Toxicology.</p><p>You can't just read a list of ingredients and conclude the product is 'dangerous'.</p>
<p>Thank you! I've been trying to say that forever. Rhubarb has Oxylic acid in it (a common cleaning acid) yet we eat it all the time in pies and it is fairly healthy (in moderation). Kale accumulates heavy metals in the soil and people are downing it like it will make them live forever. Dihydrogen Monoxide is another dangerous chemical. Thousands of people die every year due to asphyxiation caused by overdosing. It is also a major component of acid rain. What I'm trying to say is... learn some chemistry before spouting off every urban legend you hear.</p>
<p>I love rhubarb but have to remember that oxalic acid interferes with iron absorption. So take your iron at a different time when you consume rhubarb.</p>
<p>Most metals form a water insoluble precipitate when reacted with oxalic acid, so oxalic acid is going to interfere with most mineral absorption including calcium. Calcium Oxalite is only barely soluble in water so what does make it into your blood is going to precipitate out in your kedneys quickly.</p>
<p><strong>Dihydrogen Monoxide</strong> - Grin (Thumbs Up)</p>
<p>yeah and just because there is heavy metal, in any vegetable. does not mean it is in a form, that can be absorbed by the digestive tract. there are many toxins, that are not, in a soluble form absorbed by the digestive tract. only soluble toxins, are absorbed by ingestion. methods of contamination are inhalation, ingestion, injection, and absorption. and these, are all dependent on concentrations of dose equivalent and individual or combinational toxicity.</p>
<p>Exactly! And while these chemicals and metals may trigger reactions in your gut bacteria populations or other bodily cells, there are biological functions that fix these problems... like catharsistic discharges (i.e. diarrhea), urination, and sweating. If there weren't, then there would be a lot of drunk people in some really deep S*** right now .... lol</p>
<p>yeah! we, wouldn't want to make the tapeworms unhappy in their environment.</p><p>but soluble heavy metals, are a much bigger problem since they are not easily flushed out of the system. i guess the romans, had to find out the hard way about the first artificial sweetener sugar of lead. tends to drive sanity, in the opposite direction not to mention eventual death.</p>
<p>Actually there are a lot of drunks in really deep S*** right now because your body can only do so much, depleting its reserves and wearing out the liver. Survival is not only about a biological process but also about being functional in society enough to secure good food, clothing, secure housing, safe employment with a livable wage, etc.</p><p>I know that's drifting off on a tangent but biological functions don't so much fix the problems as do the best they can to minimize the damage that DOES happen, and then becomes compounded upon further degradation of biological processes.</p>
<p>My body seems to lack the ability to absorb Dihydrogen Monoxide. I'll take some (what I have been assured is a &quot;safe&quot; dosage), and within a few hours the Dihydrogen Monoxide is excreted via my urinary tract. This has led me to the conclusion that this whole &quot;staying hydrated&quot; fad is a fools errand. One cannot &quot;stay&quot; hydrated.</p>
<p>actually it is, not impossible to overdose on di-hydrogen monoxide. but it is less likely than overdosing on vitamin c. i have only read about one death, from over-hydration. to the several deaths, from vitamin c overdose.</p><p>generally speaking, once you reach a certain level of vitamin c. the body, tends to expel additional almost as fast as it is taken in. and if continued to overdose on it, eventually it upsets the acid alkali balance of the body causing acidosis. and it takes a lot more water, to upset this generally rugged balance.</p><p>most people do not realize, that there is a point where even the considered as harmless vitamins, minerals, and proteins become toxic. there is a range of too little or too much for all ingested things, considered as harmless. and the range for vitamin a and b complex, are much narrower than the others.</p>
<p>Actually, I wasn't referring to hypotremia (condition caused by water overdose which leads to hyponatremic encephalopathy and death), I was referring to drowning. haha but yes that too.</p>
<p>yes i understood, you were talking about acute hydro-cyanosis by asphyxiation of oxygen depravation.</p>
<p>On the subject of dihydrogen monoxide , it is reported that it is a performance enhancer that many athletes use . The much maligned doper athlete , Lance Armstrong was known to carry a bottle of it with him and consume it while competing in the Tour de France . Charles Manson and his &quot; family &quot; , while living in the California desert , were reported to ingest large quantities of dihydrogen monoxide on a daily basis . Ted Bundy , the serial killer , was said to cover his body with this chemical , along with a surfactant , then dry it off before looking for his next victim ! </p><p>Oh MY , What are we to do ?</p><p>Cheers , take care , and have a good day !!....73</p>
<p>Yeah , Watch out for Dihydrogen Monoxide ! One thing that bothers me is is that a lot of folks think that if the label says that a product is made from &quot; all natural ingredients &quot; it must be healthier . Well.... such things as poison ivy , ragweed pollen , black mold , and many other things , ( you get the idea ) occur in nature without a chemistry lab being involved ! Yes , there are chemical additives that can be harmful ( artificial sweeteners and preservatives , etc ) and should be avoided . The consumer needs to LEARN more !!</p><p>Cheers , take care , and have a good day !....73</p>
<p>Absolutely right! Don't forget potatoes contain arsenic, too :)</p>
Almonds too...
<p>LOL! Yup! :) </p>
Dihydrogen Monoxide!? Haaa haha heh!<br><br>Water..<br><br>thanx for the giggles.....
<p>You forgot to mention the extreme addictive qualities of dihydrogen monoxide. It is an EXTREMELY dangerous chemical. Perhaps we should have laws against its possession and distribution. </p><p>Or maybe we could license it to be sold from state-operated stores such as alcoholic liquor outlets. </p>
<p>Finally someone making sense! Im not rubbing these sheets on me by the 100s! thank u! LOL </p>
<p>Thank you for injecting common sense into the discussion. WAY too many Chicken Littles running around today claiming the sky will fall on you if you do not adhere to every wacko fear mongering &quot;health&quot; site on the internet spewing unconfirmed &quot;warnings&quot;.</p>
<p>Exactly. Don't these people know that breathing large amounts dihydrogen monoxide (which covers over 70% of the earth's surface) is deadly? I use it every day and I'm still alive and kicking.</p>
The level of toxicity in those dryer sheets are safe to handle. They are not highly toxic. If they were, they would not be sold to the public and many of us would be dead by toxicity from dryer sheets. If you have any concern consult the SDS (safety data sheet) and not some ill informed person on the Internet. Toxicity and other harmful effects has to be stated on SDS sheets.
<p>While you might be right about the level of toxicity in this case, the idea that it's safe if it's sold to the public is simply not correct. </p>
<p>You can buy bleach which is highly toxic, and I can go to the hardware store and buy any number of highly toxic chemicals, many of which are not even safe to breathe. Just because it is sold to the mass public does not mean its safe. Hell, even paint isn't safe to breathe regularly. I'm sure dryer sheets are plenty safe in the context of putting them in your dryer but start wiping them on places like the refridgerator and you are touching chemicals that are more likely to end up straight into your mouth, which could be harmful. No one is sucking on dryer sheets but if they did it would be harmful. Cleaning cooking areas is much more dangerous than just handling a sheet to throw into the dryer.</p>
<p>anything highly, moderately, or mildly toxic, in sufficient quantities to be a health hazard, is required by law to have a warning label. and instructions, what to do in case of exposure.</p><p>cyanide is highly toxic, and is the base ingredient for the smell in flowers. but the concentrations, are generally so low they are not considered a health hazard. stomach cramps, from eating certain unripen fruits is from the cyanide. so you do get a warning, to not eat anymore. the cyanide content in fruits and vegetables, diminishes as the fruits mature.</p><p>and in fact you may discover, there are isocyanides in many vegetables giving them their unique odor. but the body can deal with, these extremely small doses of poison. with doses so small, they have no impact on our health. and the benefits, by far outweigh their insignificance.</p><p>even ortho-phosphoric acids, are a necessary minerals for bone health. yet many people freak out, when they see this ingredient in soda pop.</p>
<p>AMEN! Its all about MODERATION! we drank from the water hose as kids! we are all still here! </p>
<p>EMF or electro-motive force is voltage. Voltage is not normally emitted by computers or phones. Maybe you meant EMI which is electromagnetic interference (radio waves). In any case the electro-magnetic radiation emitted is regulated by FCC.. For 3 years, in the Army, I worked within 100 ft of 3 radars. One emitting nearly 1,000,000 watts of electromagnetic waves so I don't worry about a few milliwatts (thousandths of a Watt) from a phone. </p>
<p>Correction...EMF is radiated from cell phones and other electronic devices, in the form of both Electro-static and electro-magnetic radiation. Without that your phone would not be able to communicate with cell phone towers and your WiFi enabled computer would not be able to communicate with the Internet. Don't confuse this with EMI (also called RFI) which is held to be the interference caused by radio signals interfering with desired communications.</p>
<p>I'm sorry. I didn't know there were other definitions of EMF. With over 60 years in electronics, most of which was as a licensed Profesional Engineer, I don't recall that terminology. My bad.</p>
<p>re: EMF</p><p>Besides the odd misinterpretations, there are lots of new &quot;old&quot; definitions appearing every day. That's only one of the reasons people with previous experience have trouble trying to understand recent college grads. It's great for companies that edit/publish dictionaries but makes the rest of the world pretty confusing. That which had limited scope previously, is now open to wider uses.</p><p>I, too, remember in early use EMF didn't include radiated energy but was later accepted because it was easier than explaining the details so often. I would guess it was likely around the time that acronyms lost the requirement to be unique within an application and began to proliferate uncontrollably. Once an acronym was used or defined, it wasn't to be used for a different purpose. Now, there are many.</p><p>As our ability to observe smaller forces and objects improves, more of life intrudes on our reality.</p><p> </p>
<p>This is way off subject, but If you ever wondered why E was used in ohms law (E = I*R) to refer to voltage or potential difference. It was because the term is electromotive force which is usually measured in volts. Similar to current being measured in amperes.</p><p>The use of I for current is because current is short for &quot;current intensity&quot;, and Ampere himself used I to represent it.</p>
<p>He is confusing Electro-Magnetic Flux with Electro-Motive Force. Not the same thing... Yay! jargon fail!</p>
<p>yes! but it was not aimed at you, or you would not be alive today. radar emissions, from the horn are highly directional. so the most you are likely exposed to, is the weak return echo. it, would be more likely to receive more microwave rf, from other ships than your own ship.</p><p>and even a bad seal on a microwave oven, can cause burns. which you, do not feel right away. like with radiation burns, from x-rays, gamma rays, and neutron particle flux. and the old crt tubes, generated low end x-rays usually under 35kev. which is the reason for, the metal shields.</p><p>btw; you can easily test a microwave, with just a neon bulb. if you are in a room, or condition where a loose neon bulb lights up. your getting, way too much rf radiation.</p>