Cleaning & Organizing
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.)
Dust Your TV Screen
The sheets’ anti-static properties will help prevent dust from settling on the screen.
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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.
Make Dresses and Skirts More Comfortable
Get rid of static cling by rubbing your tights, skirts or dresses with a damp, used dryer cloth.
Freshen Up Your Shoes
Stick a dryer sheet in your flats or sneakers overnight to get rid of funky odors.
Scrub Away Soap Scum
Rub a sheet on glass shower doors to clean caked-on grime.
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.
Cover Up Diaper Smells
Tuck a sheet into your diaper bag or bathroom garbage can to cover odors.
De-Musk Old Books
Scored some great reads at a garage sale, but they’re a little musty? Put old books in a bag with some dryer sheets—after a few days, they’ll smell as good as new.
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.
Run a used dryer sheet along the blades to restore their snipping power.
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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.)
Banish Post-Beach Sand
Wipe yourself and your kids with a dryer sheet to rid skin of dry sand before getting in the car.