Dryer Sheets: The 13 Unconventional Home Hack You Never Saw Coming

Dryer sheets are mainly used when we dry our clothes to keep them smelling fresh. They also keep the static electricity away. They smell good and are a common household item. But did you know they have many more uses?

Dryer Sheets

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In the old days, when we hung our clothes out on the line to dry, we never had to worry about static cling, and the rain was the only fabric softener we ever needed. These days we need clothes dryers to help us because we just don’t have time to stand outside at the clothesline. The only problem with clothes dryers is that they produce rough fabric and static cling.

It’s a good thing someone decided to invent dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are a great enhancement to any load of laundry. Dryer sheets eliminate static cling, soften your clothes, and add a lovely scent. There are lots of things you can use dryer sheets for around the house, and you can even recycle and use the used ones too!


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Your dryer sheets make excellent sachets for your clothing drawers, and all you have to do is pop one in to keep your clothes smelling fresh. Just replace the sheet when the scent wears away. You can also put dryer sheets into the bottoms of your trash cans and inside your toilet paper rolls for an easy air freshener in the smelliest of places. Such an easy household hack!

Try a dryer sheet in the car, too, for an inexpensive deodorizer that works just as well as a pine tree on a string. Put dryer sheets inside your shoes at night and toss one in the laundry basket to eliminate odors.


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If mosquitoes plague you in the summer then a dryer sheet is your friend. Just take a new dryer sheet and rub it all over your exposed skin. Mosquitoes do not like the smell or the texture that the softener gives your skin, and they will stay away.


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Is dust making your house messy? Keep the dust from settling on your television and computer screen by dusting them with a dryer sheet. The sheet will pick up and hold dust easily, and the anti-static action will keep your screen clear longer. You can use used dryer sheets as dust cloths all around the house. Dryer sheets are great for dusting knick-knacks. Keep a used dryer sheet in the car to dust off your dashboard.

Soap Scum

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Used dryer sheets are great for cleaning too! You can clean soap scum from surfaces in your bathroom easily with a used dryer sheet. Used dryer sheets are also great for removing bugs that are stuck to your car’s windshield. Try using dryer sheets for shining up your eyeglasses too.

Mice and Ants

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Mice and ants hate the smell of dryer sheets. Keep a dryer sheet inside any box or container in your attic or basement that you want to keep mice away from. Try tucking a few dryer sheets around cracks or small openings around the house where mice or ants may try to sneak in.

Dryer sheets will keep flies away too. Hang a few dryer sheets near frequently opened doors, and you will have fewer flies sneaking into the house. Try some dryer sheets around your outdoor garbage cans to prevent maggots.

Static Electricity

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Have you ever sent your child off to school in the winter with hair sticking straight up out of his poor little head? You can eliminate static electricity hair-dos in the winter by wiping a dryer sheet over your child’s hair before they go to school. Works on adults too!

Handyman’s Helper

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Keep a box of dryer sheets on the workbench for quick cleanup after messy woodworking projects. A dryer sheet will pick up sawdust-like metal to a magnet.

Clean Pots and Pans

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Don’t let stuck-on foods frustrate you. If you have stubborn food particles stuck to your pots, pans, or casserole dishes, the dryer sheet is your best friend. If you need to soak a pan, put a dryer sheet on the bottom before filling it with water. Leave overnight, and in the morning, your pan will be much easier to clean.

Neutralize Laundry Odors

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Are stinky hamper odors sullying your bedrooms or bathrooms? Tape a dryer sheet to the inside of the hamper. The odors will disappear and will soon be replaced by a fresh scent.

Clean Those Blinds

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No one likes to clean dusty, static-laden Venetian blinds, but the job is made much easier with a dryer sheet. Just clean each slat with a sheet. You’ll probably need more than one, but it will clean, shine and deter future buildup.

Tangle Free Sewing

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If you sew or do needlepoint, you’ll appreciate dryer sheets as a detangler. Just run your thread across a dryer sheet, and you won’t have to worry about those frustrating knots and tangles. Always keep a dryer sheet or two in a zip lock in your sewing basket.

Pest Repellent

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Hang from your deck, porch, patio, or anywhere else outside you’d like to eliminate mosquitoes. Dryer sheets will keep these pesky bugs from spoiling your picnics, barbecues, and pool parties.

If you’re eating outdoors and ants come a-calling, lay a dryer sheet or two on the ground, and they’ll back off. Dryer sheets are also said to repel mice in much the same manner. Don’t go camping without them.

Clean Up Pet Hair

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If you want to remove pet hair from furniture, clothes, carpeting, and other areas, wipe with a dryer sheet. No one will ever know you have a pet!

Dryer Sheet Uses

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Dryer sheets are convenient, aren’t they? All you have to do is take one out of the box, toss it in the dryer with your wet clothes, and you’re done. No heavy bottle to contend with or fabric softener drips to clean up. Bet you didn’t know that there are many other uses for dryer sheets as well.

That’s right, not only are they a cheap and easy laundry staple, but they are also a frugal homemaker’s best friend. Because of their ability to freshen, soften and eliminate static, they’re recommended for an assortment of household projects other than their intended purpose.

Who knew dryer sheets could be so useful? Since they’re so inexpensive, they’re a welcome addition to all households. Once you purchase a box, you’re bound to find more uses, such as untangling pantyhose or neutralizing smelly trash can odors. Try it once, and it’s bound to become a regular entry on your shopping list.


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