While dryer sheets were made for making your clothes less staticky and smelling fresh out of the dryer, these marvels have a wide range of other surprising uses. The following 12 uses for dryer sheets can make cleaning up messes and refreshing the air a breeze.
Cleaning Stainless Steel
Dryer sheets are great for wiping smudges and fingerprints off of your stainless steel surfaces. Keep a dryer sheet handy to use on more heavily used areas, such as the refrigerator door handle and other appliances.
Wiping Away Dead Bugs
You can also use dryer sheets to wipe dead bugs from your windshield. Dryer sheets make the perfect medium for removing bugs from your car without scratching its surface.
Cleaning Up Spills
Absorbent in nature, dryer sheets are useful when cleaning up spills in the kitchen. The sheets even easily absorb flour and cornstarch, making cleaning them up quick and easy. Just apply a little water and clean up the mess.
Removing Toilet Rings
The fabric softener in the dryer sheet makes it perfect for cleaning harder-to-remove stains, such as toilet bowl rings. Even better, the dryer sheet material doesn’t scratch the surface of your porcelain.
Cleaning Pots and Pans
Soak a dryer sheet overnight in water in a greasy pot or pan. The chemicals in the dryer sheet help the grease loosen up, making it easier to remove.
Keeping Clothing Fresh
While a dryer sheet in the dryer can make your clothing smell fresh, placing a dryer sheet in a suitcase or drawer can also pass on this refreshing scent to your clothing. You can even place a dryer sheet in your gym bag to keep your sweaty clothing from stinking too much before you wash it.
Polishing Household Hardware
Dryer sheets work well when used to polish handles, doorknobs, and other hardware in your home. You can even use dryer sheets on your water-spotted bathroom handles and faucets to make them shine.
Preventing Knotted Thread
Run a dryer sheet over your sewing thread before use to keep it from getting knotted up. The dryer sheet de-statics the thread, meaning it’s less likely to tangle and become knotted up.
Removing Deodorant Stains
Use a dryer sheet to remove unsightly deodorant stains on your clothing. Make sure to ball up the dyer sheet and rub it on the affected areas to remove the stains.
Freshening Up the Air
The chemicals in a dryer sheet emit a pleasant odor. Placing a dryer sheet over a fan or AC vent can help cover up a variety of odors, including from pets and cooking.
Dusting the Blinds
The absorbent power of a dryer sheet also make them useful for dusting your blinds. Just run the sheet gently over your blinds to remove any dust.
Cleaning the Baseboards
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Clean your baseboard more easily by using a dryer sheet. For more stuck-on dirt, attach the sheet to the end of a stiff-bristled broom.
The best part about using dryer sheets for simple cleaning tasks is that, most often, used dryer sheets work just as well as new ones, giving you even more bang for your buck. The next time you find yourself in need of something to clean with, grab a dryer sheet to do the job.