If you’re the type to spend on dryer sheets, you may want to get a bang for your buck. To get the maximum use for your money, you can use your dryer sheets for things outside the laundry room.

I think we are all accustomed to the conventional use for dryer sheets. Usually, they work well they soften clothes and reduce static cling in the dryer. However, dryer sheets have a myriad of uses around the home.

Here are 20 ways to use dryer sheets outside the laundry room.

 Pick Up Pet Hair

If you have pets, then you have to contend with pet hair. A lint roller only goes so far until it can’t fit a crevice or you run out.

Save your lint roll by using dryer sheets to pick up pet hair. Just run the sheet over the area and it will pick up the pet hair.

This is great for use on clothing, the floor or furniture. You can also put it on a vacuum head or small object to reach into tight spaces. Once it’s filled with hair, just discard that sheet.

Car Freshener

Car fresheners can be expensive and will wear out quickly. Instead of buying a brand new car freshener each time, just put a dryer sheet in your car.

It will release a fresh scent while you drive. You can also make these reusable by putting a few in a small string bag.

This can be hung in your car like a store bought freshener. Once the scent is gone you can recreate it using essential oils. Just drop a few drops of essential oil and place it in the car.

 Pot Cleaner

For stuck on grease in your pot or pan after frying or baking, just employ a dryer sheet. Just put your pot to soak with soap, warm water and a dryer sheet.

You can even add some borax and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes. The dryer sheet will help to remove the grease easily.

When the time has elapsed, just use the dryer sheet that’s already in place to wipe away the grease. Stuck on food will lift with ease and will leave no grease behind.

 Drawer Freshener

For drawers that hold a lot of paper or aren’t opened very often, keep it fresh with dryer sheets. All you have to do is place a dryer sheet in the drawer and it will release a fresh scent that will erase musky odors.

This will also work for spaces in your basement or attic that see little to no traffic. If you’re storing tech, such as old computers, just place a dryer sheet in the box. You can also use your dryer sheets to keep boxes for shipping fresh.

 Soap Scum Remover

Soap scum can be tough to clean. This is especially so if it has been there for a while. To remove this horrid build up easily, all you need is a dryer sheet and elbow grease.

Just rub the dryer sheet over the soap scum. Give it a little pressure as you rub and it should lift away easily. If it doesn’t, you can add some baking soda to help.

If the dryer sheet alone will not work, the dryer sheet and baking soda definitely will. No more slaving over stubborn soap scum for a long time.

 Duster

Dusting can be a difficult task, You can dust an area one minute and the next minute there’s more dust.

This happens because dust flies around the room when dusting and lands in new locations. Once you’re done and the dust settles it will seem like you never dusted.

Avoid this by dusting with a dryer sheet. Just swipe it over the area to lift the dust away. This will work to stop fly away dust. It will also help to prevent the surface from attracting more dust.

Pet Deodorizer

If you have a pet that goes from inside to outside, you may experience the odors they attract. Pets often sweat and attract a lot of odors from the outdoors.

These combine to make a mash up of terrible odors. If you can’t stand the scent, just use a dryer sheet to wipe down your pet.

You may not always have time to bathe your pet or they may have just gotten a bath. You can always give them a dry bath with a dryer sheet. Just rub them down once they come inside.

Trash Can Deodorizer

Trash can odors can be quite invasive, especially if you live in a small home. They can creep up and ruin a good time or just be generally disturbing.

If you are expecting company and need to freshen up just drop a dryer sheet in the bin. If you simply want to maintain the freshness of your home, you can place one in the bottom of your bin.

The dryer sheet will release pleasant odors that will hold down the unpleasant ones from the trash.

 Gym Bag Deodorizer

Gym bags are a petri dish for odors. Sweaty clothes are just smelly. After a work out, clothes see the most sweat and odor build up.

The scent may even escape the gym bag and leave unpleasant odors behind. Keep your gym bag fresh by using dryer sheets.

After your work out you can toss a dryer sheet on top of the sweaty clothes to mask the scent until they’re washed.

You can also use a dryer sheet to wipe down the inside of your gym bag. This will also keep the bag fresh between washes.

Freshen Luggage

Luggage develops an odor when stored and can smell awful when traveling home. You may not have time to wash all your clothes before you have to catch the flight home.

Just drop a dryer sheet inside your suitcase to save the luggage. You can also use dryer sheets to freshen suits that are hung in a jacket.

A suitcase may also sit in storage for long periods between uses. Just place a dryer sheet in it before you put it away and it will stay fresh.

 Chrome Buffer

You can use a dryer sheet to buff chrome with ease. Just rub it over the area and it will shine in no time. Chrome can be found in the kitchen and bathroom as faucets and sinks and on the car as rims.

Make a dryer sheet an active part of your kitchen and bathroom cleaning routine. Use it to erase hard water residue that makes your faucets and sinks cloudy.

You can also use a dryer sheet to clean the rims on your car quite easily. A simple rub will lift away all the dirt and dust.

 Mosquito Repellent

If you live in the south or in a warm climate, you may experience a lot of mosquitos. Aside from the fact that they bite and are a nag, they carry contagious illnesses.

One bite could mean that your whole house hold gets sick. Repel mosquitos with dryer sheets. If you’re heading outside just slip one in your pocket or put it around your belt loop.

It can also protect babies from mosquitos if you put it in their clothes or swaddle blanket. There is just something about the scent of dryer sheets that mosquitos don’t like.

 Home Air Freshener

Air fresheners can be quite pricey and you may not be able to withstand the scent of some. If you enjoy the smell of fresh laundry, consider a dryer sheet for air freshener.

At a fraction of the cost of traditional fresheners, dryer sheets offer you freshness in a box. Just put them under couch cushions or in other discrete areas.

This will work well if you have guests you wish to impress but have little time to clean. Just remember to remove them once the scent wares off.

Reduce Hair Static

Clothes aren’t the only things prone to static. During winter months, your hair becomes prone to static as well.

This may cause fly aways that make your hair look messy. This may also cause your hair to dry out quickly and develop split ends.

Save your hair and keep it laid by using a dryer sheet. Just rub 1 sheet over your hair to reduce the static build up.

This will make your hair smell fresh as a bonus. The dryer sheet may even absorb some of the grease from a sweaty scalp.

 Ditch the Static Cling

We typically use dryer sheets in the dryer but there are some items that cling as we walk. Just keep a couple dryer sheets close by, like in your purse or pocket.

When you feel the cling between materials just pull out a sheet and swipe it over the area. If you frequently visit highly cold or air conditioned spaces, dryer sheets will help with static shock.

Just use a dryer sheet to wipe your hands before your touch surfaces. It will be beneficial to add a dryer sheet to your daily travel in winter.

 Deters Dust on Blinds

Blinds can attract a lot of dust and can be daunting to clean. If you find yourself tired from cleaning the whole house or you have no time to clean, you can simplify your life with this hack.

Just use a dryer sheet to wipe away the dust in 1 step. Dryer sheets can also deter dust from landing on the blinds. This makes it much easier on cleaning day.

Dryer sheets will also add some freshness to each room that you use it in. So get to wiping with the blinds.

 Sleeping Bag Freshener

After each camping trip, your sleeping bag can get quite musky. It will also have an odor if it has been in storage for a long time.

A rolled up sleeping bag can also be a home for little creatures looking to hide from the cold. When you get back from camping, you can tuck a dryer sheet inside your sleeping bag.

This will keep it fresh in storage and repel bugs that seek a home. You can also keep a dryer sheet inside your sleeping bag while camping to repel mosquitos.

 Quilt Block Backing

Quilt making can be a fun hobby or pass time to introduce to kids. When making a block quilt, you will need a backing for each block.

The blocking will keep the fabric sturdy and will prevent tearing when stitched. Just use dryer sheets for backing, stitch them together if it needs to be bigger.

This will also help your quilt to remain insulated and warm. Just lay the fabric and lay a dryer sheet or multiple sheets on top. Pin them together to prepare them for stitching by hand or sewing machine.

 Thread Tangling Deterrent

Thread gets tangled easily when sewing. You may reel off an excess to thread your needle and end up with several tangles.

This can be prevented with dryer sheets. When you thread the needle, rub the thread with a dryer sheet. This will prevent the thread from tangling during the sewing process.

You can also rub a dryer sheet on the thread you use in your sewing machine to prevent tangling. This is an efficient way to sew using a long length of thread.

 Removes Dry Sand

Dry sand is the least fun part of going to the beach. It gets everywhere and pops up in random areas of the house weeks later.

For your next trip to the beach, pack dryer sheets to take with you. Once your day is done you can wash off and carry on your routine.

But, before you get into the car, just rub the areas with dry sand to remove it. Places like your legs, neck and the bottom of your feet tend to still have dry sand. Rub them down to remove it once and for all.

 

20 Ways To Use Dryer Sheets

Twenty exceptional uses of dryer sheets in and around the home, from the laundry room to the beach.

Instructions

    Pick Up Pet Hair

    Car Freshener

    Pot Cleaner

    Drawer Freshener

    Soap Scum Remover

     Duster

    Pet Deodorizer

    Trash Can Deodorizer

    Gym Bag Deodorizer

    Freshen Luggage

    Chrome Buffer

    Mosquito Repellent

    Home Air Freshener

    Reduce Hair Static

    Ditch the Static Cling

    Deters Dust on Blinds

    Sleeping Bag Freshener

    Quilt Block Backing

    Thread Tangling Deterrent

    Removes Dry Sand

Dryer sheets can come in handy in more ways than one. They are a really valuable tool to have outside of the laundry room.

If you find yourself needing to clean chrome or freshen an area, you can pull out a dryer sheet. The conclusion is that they are great for helping to dust or holding in the car for any of the listed reasons.

If you’re a seamstress, dryer sheets can be a great back up to use as backing or to detangle lengths of thread.

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