Did you know there are smart uses for used dryer sheets before you toss them in the trash? I don’t use commercial dryer sheets on our clothes very often since I line dry clothing whenever I can.
That doesn’t mean I don’t pick up a box or two when I can combine a good sale with a coupon and get them for free! In addition to using them on days when I do need the dryer, them around these unusual uses for used dryer sheets.
Uses for Used Dryer Sheets
Get the stink out. Tuck a dryer sheet into your car or gym bag for a fresh fragrance, or pop one into the bottom of your trash can to deodorize it.
Spare your skin. Hang a dryer sheet from your belt loop, and you’ll jam the odor receptors that mosquitoes use to find you.
Prevent thread from tangling. Trying to embroider or sew on a button with a tangled thread is a nuisance. Next time, run a dryer sheet along the thread to keep it tangle-free.
Speed up this chore. Use a dryer sheet to dust mini-blinds. They can reach between the slats easily, deter future dust buildup, and leave a fresh scent, too.
Get that gross green stuff. Flower vases can get slimy and yucky when the water’s not changed every day. If yours have developed scum, remove it easily by tossing a dryer sheet in the vase and filling it with warm water. Let soak then swish and rinse clean.
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Fresh pages. Garage sales are a great place to find old books, but sometimes they come with a horrible smell. Freshen them by putting the books in a plastic bag and adding a dryer sheet. Close it up tightly and let sit for a week, then enjoy your must-read book free of musty smells.
See clearly. Long drives in the summer mean bug-splattered windshields. Loosen the little buggers by rubbing with a wet dryer sheet, and they’ll hose right off.
Make brushes bendable again. Did someone forget to clean the brush after using latex paint? Soak it in warm water with a dryer sheet and the paint will lift right off.
Pest control. If mice are infesting your basement or attic, stuff a dryer sheet in any suspected entry points. They hate the smell of the things, and they won’t chew through them, so off to the neighbor’s they’ll go.
Shine on. Run a dryer sheet over bathroom and kitchen fixtures to give them a quick shine. They’ll leave a nice scent, too, so it’ll smell like you cleaned the whole bathroom.
So, next time you’re doing laundry don’t toss the dryer sheet! Keep a Mason jar or other container on hand to hold dryer sheets after use, and you’ll always have a supply for these unusual uses for used dryer sheets around the house.