20 Uses for Dryer Sheets (That Aren’t Laundry)
Don't toss those sheets just because they've been through the dryer-the fresh little squares can be used all over the house. From eliminating dust to fighting static, learn our favorite uses for dryer sheets.
Along with making clothes soft and sniffably fresh, dryer sheets can be used in dozens of ways around the house. Their clean scent covers up plenty of odors, and they’re abrasive enough to clean, but won’t damage most surfaces. Here are 20 of our favorite uses for dryer sheets. (Here are 10 places in your house you’re probably forgetting to clean.)
Easily Clean Window Blinds
As with TVs, the sheets will repel dust and make blinds easier to clean over time.
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Tame Static Hair
Did winter get your hair frizzy or static-y? Rub a dryer sheet between your brush’s bristles to smooth things over.
Clean Up Hairs
Dryer sheets are great grabbers. Rub one along the floor to pick up pet hairs or clippings from at-home haircuts.
Freshen Up Your Shoes
Stick a dryer sheet in your flats or sneakers overnight to get rid of funky odors.
Easily Scour Pans
If food gets burned on a pan, let it soak overnight with water and a fresh dryer sheet.
Give Chrome a Polish
From bathrooms to vehicles, dryer sheets can help restore chrome’s trademark shine.
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Clean Up Pantry Spills
Flour, pancake mix, and other powdery ingredients will stick to dryer sheets, unlike paper towels.
Freshen the Air Fast
Place sheets in vents or behind fans to fill your home with a fresh, clean scent.
Cover Up Diaper Smells
Tuck a sheet into your diaper bag or bathroom garbage can to cover odors.
Remove Crayon Marks
Lightly rub walls or furniture with a sheet and watch the crayon disappear. Magic! Parents, here’s our guide to cleaning another common mess.
Get Paint Off Brushes
Put a dryer sheet in warm water along with the brush—within a few minutes of soaking, the paint should wash right off.
Mosquitoes don’t like the smell of dryer sheets, so slip one into your belt loop to ward off the pesky insects.
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Keep Camping Gear Fresh
Toss dryer sheets into your tent and sleeping bags to stave off a mildewy smell. (Love camping? Us, too. Check out our favorite camping recipes.)