Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tuesday Tips: Dryer Sheets

I absolutely love dryer sheets and the way they smell but using them once is such a waste to me. So I started coming up with creative ways to reuse my dryer sheets so that way they wouldn't go to waste, especially since after only one use most dryer sheets still have some scent and static protection left in them. Here a few ideas to share:

1) Dusting: used dryer sheets can knock the dust off nearly any surface, including furniture, blinds, car interiors, baseboards/molding.

2) Keep your clothes fresh: tuck a few sheets in your drawers to keep that ‘just-washed’ smell happening for weeks. Throw one in your dirty clothes hamper to prevent any odors from escaping into your bedroom.

3) Scrub your showers: Lightly wet a used dryer sheet, and scrub to remove soap build-up and mineral deposits.

4) Reduce static cling: Pat your self with a sheet to combat static on your clothes, stockings, and even long hair! Keep a few in your purse to help in the drier winter months while you are out and about.

5) De-stink your pets: Scrub incoming dogs or cats (especially wet ones) with a dryer sheet before they come back into your home. You can also place one in your litter box to cut down on odors.

6) Clean your laundry room: When you finish drying a load, hold on to the dryer sheet, and wipe down the inside of your dryer’s drum, your lint trap, the outside of your washing machine and dryer, and scrub away any excess or spilt laundry detergent.

7) Wipe up hair: A dryer sheet is perfect to wipe up pet hair from your furniture, or even your own hair from your bathroom.

8) While traveling: Place a few dryer sheets in between items in your suitcase to keep both your clothes fresh and to prevent your items from picking up any mustiness from old luggage.

9) For diapers: Keep a few sheets in a baggie in your diaper bag so if you get caught having to change a diaper you can't dispose of right away, wrap a sheet around the diaper to prevent odors before you have a chance to throw it away.

10) In you vacuum cleaner: Place a dryer sheet in your vacuum bag or dust containment unit. As the hot air moves as you vacuum, you’ll bulk up your cleaning efforts. (Make sure this is in NO WAY a fire hazard)

Lastly, if you want to make your box of dryer sheets last longer, cut them in half. They are just as effective even cut in half!!


  1. wow awesome advice!Thank you

  2. You can also take a few sheets and stick them in your couch cusions! Every time you sit down, you get a little burst of fresh scent :)

  3. I love these tips! Thank you Jaime. And thanks for the additional tip Ashleigh.

  4. Jaime, have you tried the Tide stick thing? I'm curious if it works but we can't use Tide.