To soften your fabrics and protect them from getting static cling, it’s a good idea to use some kind of softener on your clothes. To do this you can use a liquid fabric softener, which has to be put into your washer during the rinse cycle, not before or after. Another option is to use dryer sheets. These are specially coated paper with fabric softeners that are released in the heat of your dryer to soften your clothes and protect them from static cling.
Dryer sheets are available in a variety of brands and scents. Whether you buy a name brand, store brand, or bargain brand dryer sheet only matters if you are interested in some of the added benefits they offer. For example, some dryer sheets also provide added stain protection to your clothing or an anti-wrinkling agent that will reduce the need to iron. Once your clothes are dry don’t throw that dryer sheet away! It still has many uses.
Used dryer sheets are great for dusting. They are particularly useful on surfaces that attract static electricity, such as your computer or television screen. This will help keep the dust from resettling because of the ingredients in the dryer sheet that prevent static cling. They can also be used on any surface that can be dry dusted and you can just throw it away when you are finished.
They are great for blinds, the inside of your car and wood surfaces as well (use dry). They also work well in the wood shop. Just use a used dryer sheet to sweep up sawdust from drilling or sandpaper. Another great way to use them is for picking up cat hair. One unique way to reuse a dryer sheet is to dampen it and rub it over your pantyhose. It will keep your slip and/or skirt from clinging to your legs! Used or new dryer sheets are great on any surface you want to eliminate static.
Eliminate odors with your new and used dryer sheets! They can be used in drawers or cupboards and they work great in your teen’s locker at school! You can even hang one up in your closet to keep it smelling fresh. Just place a few used dryer sheets in your sock drawer and it will help your drawer and clothing stay smelling fresh, almost like potpourri.
You can also put a used or new dryer sheet in your laundry basket to keep the dirty laundry from smelling bad. They are great for stuffing into stinky sneakers too. Keep a used dryer sheet in the bottom of your wastebasket can to eliminate trash odors. It’s also a good idea to put a dryer sheet in your suitcases to keep out musty odors while they are stored.
A few other unique ideas include wearing a scented dryer sheet on your belt loop during mosquito season. You can never be too safe from the West Nile Virus! You can also help your hand sewing go more quickly by pulling your needle and thread through a used dryer sheet before pulling through the fabric.
It helps the needle slide through the fabric more easily. Dryer sheets can also be used for washing stuck on foods on pots and pans. Just place a dryer sheet (new or used) into the pot and fill with water and let soak. It will help to loosen the encrusted food and make it easier to clean. You can also use the soaked dryer sheet to wipe the pot to scrape up some of the grub before scrubbing. When you’re done, you just throw it away.
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the dryer sheet. It can still be used even after it has fulfilled its purpose softening your clothes in the dryer. It works great wherever you want to eliminate or reduce static electricity, or when you are trying to dust something that is attracted to the static ingredients; like sawdust and cat hair.
They are also great for creating fresh odors all over your house! Who knew that dryer sheets had so many uses, both new and used! The best part is that you can use it more than once and when it’s dirty and no longer useful you can just throw it away.