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.
By Rory Cooper, Freelance Writer
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.
- Easily Clean Window Blinds. As with TVs, the sheets will repel dust and make blinds easier to clean over time.
- Tame Static Hair. Winter got 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sharpen Scissors. Run a used dryer sheet along the blades to restore their snipping power.
- Repel Insects. Mosquitoes don't like the smell of dryer sheets, so slip one into your belt loop to ward off the pesky insects.
- 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.
- Keep Cars Smelling Fresh. Put a few sheets underneath the seat to freshen up your car without hanging something from your rear-view mirror.