14 Ways to Use Dryer Sheets Around the House

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    14 Ways to Get More from Dryer Sheets

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    Dryer sheets aren't just for laundry anymore!  Of course, they still add a bit of softness and help reduce static when tossed in the dryer, but they can do much, more more.

    There are two types of dryer sheets formats on market shelves. One is manufactured with a polyester substrate non-woven base and the other has a cellulose base that can be recycled as a paper product. You also have the option of many different scents and unscented varieties. So, there's a dryer sheet available to...MORE handle each of these household hacks.

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    Scrub Pots and Pans with Stuck-On Food

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    If you have baked-on or stuck-on food in a pot or pan, place a non-woven polyester dryer sheet in the pan and fill it with hot water. Allow the pan to soak overnight. The silicone on the dryer sheet will help soften the food. The next morning, use the dryer sheet to wipe away the food. The slight texture of the polyester woven sheet will remove the traces of food and won't harm the finish of non-stick surfaces.

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    Lift Away Pet Hair from Clothes and Furniture

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    The same properties that dryer sheets use to reduce static in the dryer are one way to remove pet hair on clothes and furniture. Just rub the sheet over the hair to loosen it from fabric.

    Save used dryer sheets to remove hair. Just dampen them slightly to remove dust and hair from fan blades, shelves, books and even large leaves on indoor plants.

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    Freshen Stinky Shoes

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    Tennis shoes can get really dirty and really smelly. Add a dryer sheet to shoes and boots that have gotten a little too ripe. For kids or ladies' pumps you can cut each sheet in half and still get great results.

    Squeaky shoes driving you crazy? Dryer sheets also work to quiet squeaky rubber soles when walking on solid floors. Rub the bottom of the shoes with a dryer sheet and the residue will minimize the friction and get rid of the squeak.

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    Get Rid of Embarrassing Static Cling

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    I don't know which is worse, socks or panties stuck to your clothes or your pants leg is clinging to your body. If it is the later, one way to remove static cling is to rub a dryer sheet directly onto your legs, socks or stockings to get rid of static cling. No more riding up!

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    Make Needlework and Sewing Easier

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    When you are ready to start hand sewing or doing needlework, run the thread between a folded dryer sheet to keep it tangle-free.

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    Freshen Luggage and Gym Bags

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    Before you put away your luggage after a trip, tuck in a dryer sheet to prevent musty odors.

    And, if your gym bag isn't used too often, the same trick works there...but only if you remove any smelly workout clothes first.

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    Clean Electronics Screens

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    Use a dry dryer sheet to dust television and computer monitor screens. The silicon coating on the dryer sheet will pick up dust and help to reduce static.

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    Remove Gunk from your Dryer Drum and Iron

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    If you find melted gum or adhesive stickers in the dryer, wet a dryer sheet and scrub away. You'll find that the fabric softener and the texture of the sheet will help loosen the stickiness without harming the interior finish.

    While a dryer sheet can't clean the inside of an iron, the same technique will work on the bottom of your iron to remove build-up. Rub the dampened dryer sheet on the bottom of a cold iron. Then heat the iron to a low setting and run it over a couple of clean paper...MORE towels to remove any remaining residue

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    Freshen a Trash Can

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    Put a dryer sheet in the bottom of each trash can before you add the plastic liner bag. Your trash never smelled so sweet.

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    Clean Your Car

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    Keep some polyester non-woven based dryer sheets in your car to use for insect removal. Wet the sheet and use to remove bugs from your windshield and the front grill. The fabric is abrasive enough to scrub away the insects but not so harsh as to damage the finish. Plus, keeping dryer sheets in the trunk keeps it smelling fresh. 

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    Create Bug Repellent

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    Some campers and outdoor enthusiasts swear by dryer sheets to keep insects away. Some rub them on their skin, others tuck the sheets into tops of socks or collars. Choose your favorite scent. It's worth a try!

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    Style your Hair and Calm your Pet

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    Keep a few dryer sheets in your desk or purse to calm flyaway hair. Just rub the sheet over your hair to smooth it out.

    Rubbing your pet's coat with an unscented, plant-based dryer sheet will help calm him during electrical storms by reducing static electricity that can cause his hair to stand on end. Stay away from dryer sheets that contain ingredients that can be toxic to your pet.

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    Shoo Away Plant Munching Deer

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    Cut scented dryer sheets into one-inch strips and tie them on the tips of greenery or in trees. The scent will repel plant-munching deer. Choose a polyester non-woven based brand to avoid melting during wet weather.

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    Freshen a Hotel Room

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    If your hotel room smells stale, place a dryer sheet in the air conditioning/heating vent for a quick air freshener. Take it with you when you leave and your soiled travel laundry will be a bit fresher for the trip home.