I recently saw an article about clever reuse, and thought to pass along its suggestions. If you use dryer sheets to keep your clothes static-free, keep them. Put a container in the laundry area to hold used ones, then use them to make any of the following household tasks easier.
Around the House
- Wipe one over clothes or furniture to help remove pet hair.
- Run them over baseboards and other molding to lift dust and help repel it. (Much easier than hauling around a vacuum!)
- Keep window blinds clean longer by wiping them down with a used dryer sheet to repel dust and lint. (This is my favorite, since cleaning the blinds never seems easy, and is oh-so easy to skip.)
- Wipe ceiling fan blades. (How to do this? Maybe secure one to a yardstick with a rubber band.)
- Remove soot from candle holders with a light scrub from a used dryer sheet.
For the Laundry
- Stuff two into stinky shoes to help freshen them.
- Clean a gunky iron by rubbing a used dryer sheet over it.
- Wipe down the inside of the dryer and the lint tray with a used dryer sheet to help pick up stubborn dust and lint.
- Remove deodorant marks on clothes by lightly rubbing with a used dryer sheet.
- Tuck a few used dryer sheets in dresser drawers for a nice, light scent.
In the Office
- Wipe and dust the television or computer screen. Dryer sheets’ anti-static properties help repel dust and lint.
- Freshen a musty book by putting it into a large plastic baggie with a used dryer sheet or fold a piece or two within the pages of the book itself.
- Wipe dull scissor blades with a used dryer sheet to sharpen them for clean cuts.
In the Bathroom
- Wet a used dryer sheet with a few drops of water and wipe it on bathroom surfaces (faucet, shower doors, etc.) to remove soap residue.
- Help remove glitter nail polish by soaking a used dryer sheet in nail polish remover.
- Eliminate “hat head” and flyaways by running a used dryer sheet on hair.
- Scrub toilet rings with used dryer sheets.
- Polish eyeglass lenses with a used dryer sheet (don’t use on plastic lenses).
In the Kitchen
- Clean up dry spills (like flour in the kitchen or sawdust in the garage) with a used dryer sheet. The tiny particles will stick better to a clingy dryer sheet than to a rag or paper towel.
- Wet a dryer sheet and use it to clean stubborn food off cookware.
- Toss a used dryer sheet into a sheet pan that’s soaking to help loosen cooked-on food.
- Help keep garbage can odors at bay by tossing in used dryer sheets.
In the Yard
- Put a used dryer sheet in the bottom of a planter or pot to keep soil from falling through the drainage hole.
- Stuff used dryer sheets into toilet paper rolls to use as a fire starter for camping or a backyard bonfire.
- Wet a used dryer sheet, then scrub bugs from the front of your car.
- Dust your car’s console and dashboard with used dryer sheets.
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