I can’t remember the last time I bought a box of dryer sheets. I think it was the last time I needed to clean my oven racks! Dryer sheets are GREAT for that! You can check out the post I did about it by clicking HERE. But dryer sheets are NOT my preferred way to keep my laundry soft and static-free. I have actually done several posts about DIY fabric softeners & fabric softener alternatives.
You can check them out here: 5 Homemade Fabric Softeners
Even though I don’t use disposable dryer sheets for my LAUNDRY….there are still plenty of ways to USE and RE-USE them. You don’t even have to buy the pricey name brand sheets, just pick up an inexpensive box at the dollar store and start experimenting with this vast collection of uses I have gathered from across the world wide web!
Clean bugs off your car
Wet a dryer sheet and use to remove bugs from your windshield and front grill. The fabric is abrasive enough to scrub away the insects but not so harsh as to damage the finish.
Remove burnt on food from dishes
Place a fresh dryer sheet in the bottom of a dirty pan, fill with lukewarm tap water, and let sit in the sink overnight. The pan will be much easier to clean in the morning.
Remove soap scum in the bathoom
Dryer sheets are amazing at getting rid of soap scum. All it takes is just a few drops of water on a used dryer sheet and soap scum build up on your shower doors, shower curtains, ceramic sinks, or tiles practically slides off!
- Before playing any 45 or LP records, use a dryer sheet to eliminate the static. A lot cheaper and works better than the anti-static sprays made for records.
- When packages arrive with packing “peanuts” that are full of static, just rub a dryer sheet on your hands and clothes, and they won’t stick to you when opening your goods.
- Eliminate static cling from pantyhose by rubbing a damp, used dryer sheet over them.
- When your hair is full of static, press a dryer sheet through the bristles of your hairbrush and brush your hair! All the static is gone!
- Rub a dryer sheet on the inside of winter hats to avoid “static hair syndrome” when the hat is taken off.
- Keep a dryer sheet in your winter coat pocket to avoid getting “ZAPPED” when grabbing the grocery cart handle or the gas pump.
Because television and PC screens are electrically charged, they actually attract dust, making dusting them a never-ending chore. Dryer sheets are designed to reduce static cling, so they remove the dust, and help keep it from resettling.
Make chrome shine
Hard water can leave calcium deposits on chrome surfaces. Whether it’s your car or your plumbing fixtures (like faucets or shower heads), dryer sheets will make the chrome shine and sparkle. Simply buff the chrome with a sheet to restore the spotless shine.
Put dryer sheets in your camper before closing it up for the winter to deter critters from settling in. Place them around the cushions and in the cupboards. When you open the camper up in the spring…..no pests and it smells fresh.!
Use dryer sheets to dust painted baseboards, crown molding, and cabinets. It cleans them up great and repels dust much longer than traditional dusting sprays.
Pet hair removal
Swipe dryer sheets across flooring, furniture, stuffed toys, lampshades, even your clothes, to clean up leftover pet hair!
Use dryer sheets to keep out mice, skunks, squirrels, rats, etc. from your basement, garages, boats, and clubhouses. Also, place dryer sheets in the rafters to keep spiders and bugs from nesting.
Camping gear freshener
- Sleeping bags: Every time you roll up your sleeping bag, place a used dryer sheet in it to keep it smelling good.
- Tents: Keep your tent smelling good by putting several used dryer sheets in the tent before you pack it away.
Use dryer sheets as a base for making pieced blocks for quilts. If the size needs to be larger, simply stitch a couple of used sheets together.
An end to tangled sewing thread
Keep a new dryer sheet in your sewing kit. Thread a needle and poke it into the sheet and out the other side before knotting the thread. The thread will not tangle.
Clean up dry spills
Flour on the kitchen floor can be difficult to clean because it’s so fine. Dryer sheets are able to get the flour to stick to it, making the clean-up a lot easier. This works for pretty much any dry, grainy spill and even short hair clippings.
Tack cloth substitute
Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used dryer sheet will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.
Leave the sand at the beach
Dryer sheets are great for getting dry sand off skin. Wipe yourself down with a dryer sheet and the sand will disappear.
Use as a fire starter
Place used dryer sheets (bonus points for adding dryer lint) inside of an old paper towel or toilet paper roll tube. Fold or pinch each end of the paper roll tube to keep the contents inside. You just made your own fire starter.
Help for hairbrushes
Fill a bowl with warm water, add a couple dryer sheets and then place your hairbrushes and combs into the mixture. Let it soak for a few hours. Rinse. Dry. Your brushes will be like new!
Mask stinky diapers
Throw some dryer sheets in your diaper bag to wrap around a dirty diaper to keep it from smelling until you can throw it away.
Ditch deodorant stains
Use a dryer sheet to wipe away unwanted deodorant stains on your clothes.
A cure for SERIOUS smells
For a spill that is particularly smelly — think vomit, soured milk, urine — wipe up the spill, then places three layers of dryer sheets on top of the spot. Sprinkle coffee grounds on top of that. Overnight the area will be totally deodorized.
De-squeak your shoes
Are your new rubber-soled shoes squeaking all over the office? Quiet them down by rubbing the bottoms with a dryer sheet.
You may have to use a couple of layers, but when you try this you’ll be amazed at how the used dryer sheets will pick up dirt, dust, and hair off the floor just as well as the Swiffer cloths do.
Soften your feet
Soften the soles of your feet by soaking your feet in warm water and rubbing them with a used fabric softener sheet. Try it…it works!
Cut dryer sheets into one-inch strips and tie them on the tips of greenery or in trees. The scent will repel plant-munching deer.
Toilet ring cleaner
Have tough water stains in your toilet? Toss two dryer sheets into your toilet and let them sit. Use your toilet brush to scrub the stains away!
Filter and freshen your home
- Place (or tape) a dryer sheet on your HVAC vents to filter and scent the air circulating through your home. Replace when it’s dusty.
- Also works on ceiling fans, and on the back of box fans.
A used dryer sheet in the bottom of a pot will help keep the soil from falling out of the drainage holes.
Mosquitos and other annoying insects will steer clear of dryer sheets. Stick them in your picnic basket, under lawn furniture or even in a belt loop or sock to prevent bug bites.
Freshen up musty books by placing a used dryer sheet in a zippered plastic bag with a book for a few days.
Remove gunk from the soleplate of an iron. With the setting on low, rub the iron over the dryer sheet until the residue disappears.
Clean paint brushes
Soak used paintbrushes in warm water with a dryer sheet, and within a couple of minutes you’ll be amazed at how easily the paint washes off.
Spruce up your spectacles
Use sheets to clean and polish the glass lens of your eye glasses. They’re not recommended for plastic lens, though!
Keep your window blinds clean longer by wiping them periodically with used dryer sheets. The anti-static properties of the product will actually help to repel dust and dirt.
Rub the area lightly with a clean, dry fabric softener sheet and watch the crayon marks disappear.
Clean a gummed-up dryer
If you find melted gum or adhesive stickers in the dryer, wet a dryer sheet and scrub away. You’ll find that the fabric softener and the texture of the sheet will help loosen the stickiness without harming the interior finish.
Are your scissors not cutting as smooth as they should? Wipe the blades clean with a used dryer sheet to remedy this problem.
And last but not least….a myriad of craft ideas!
- Used Dryer Sheet Envelopes
- Dryer Sheet Sachet
- Used Dryer Sheet Bracelet
- Dryer Sheets Tree
- Flower Bouquet and Potpourri
- Dryer Sheet Flowers
- Dryer Sheet Halloween Bunting
- Dryer Sheets Lantern
- Recycled Dryer Sheet Blooms
- Printing On Dryer Sheets
How do you use/re-use your dryer sheets?