Dryer Sheets Are Dynamic!: Tip-of-the-Day #160


Not many people know that dryer sheets can repel rodents and bugs, pick up dust, and keep your shoes and gym bag from getting stinky. I had no idea! Here are a few more savvy suggestions:

1. Dusting: Used dryer sheets can knock the dust off nearly any surface, including furniture, blinds, car interiors, and baseboards/molding. Also works on saw dust and drywall compound.

2. Keep bugs away: Tuck some dryer sheets in your picnic basket or under lawn furniture to repel bees. You can also rub a sheet directly on your bare skin to discourage would-be buggers from leaving their mark.

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

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

5. Freshen your home: Place (or tape) a dryer sheet on your HVAC vents to scent the air circulating through your home. You can even place one alongside your filter in your central heating unit to distribute the scent. Also works on ceiling fans, and on the back of box/portable fans.

6. Reduce static cling: Pat yourself with a sheet to combat static on your clothes, stockings, and even long hair!

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

8. 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, the lint trap, the outside of your washing machine and dryer, and scrub away any excess or spilled laundry detergent.

9. Scrub the bugs from your car: Summer drives often equal insect gut polka dots all over your auto’s body and windshield. Simply wet your car down, and use a dryer sheet to scrub away carnage with ease.

10. Wipe up hair: The cling of a dryer sheet is perfect to wipe up pet hair from your furniture, or even your own hair from your bathroom.

11. In your shoes: Toss a dryer sheet in the toes of your shoes to minimize odors and prolong the just-purchased smell.

12. 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.

13. In your crafts: Use dryer sheets to add texture to cards, scrapbooks, etc. Also use for reinforcement in appliqué and quilting work.

14. For diapers: Keep your used dryer sheets in your diaper bag, and roll one up in the diaper to prevent odors before you have the chance to throw it away.

15. In the kitchen: Soak cookware with burnt or baked-on food in warm water, with a dryer sheet or two - makes clean-up easier than you’d expect. Also works on cook tops and dingy cabinet doors.

16. Clean paint brushes: Soak your used paintbrushes in warm water with a dryer sheet, and that pesky latex paint will come off in under a minute.

17. In books: Placing a dryer sheet in new books or photo albums will keep them smelling fresh, and can combat the musty paper smell of used or old books. Also works as a killer bookmark.

18. In toilet paper: Roll up a dryer sheet in your toilet paper roll. Each time you spin, it releases a little freshness into your bathroom.

19. As you sleep: Keep a fabric-softener sheet in your pillow case and under your mattress or mattress pad for sweeter smelling dreams.

20. While sewing: Use a dryer sheet to store your needles while threaded to keep them from tangling, for paper piecing while you quilt, and for backing for embroidery.

21. Repel rodents: Use dryer sheets to keep out mice, skunks, squirrels, rats, etc. from your basement, garages, boats, campers, and clubhouses.

22. In your car: Stash dryer sheets under your car seats and floor mats, and in your glove box and trunk for fresh scents as you travel.

23. At work: Hide dryer sheets in drawers, behind computers, and in cabinetry to keep your workspace fresh, and combat your co-workers' strong perfume or cigarette scent.

24. In your 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.

25. In storage: Tuck dryer sheets in your rarely used items such as luggage, camping gear, sports equipment, or specialty craft or kitchen items to prevent the inevitable smells of basements, attics, and garages.

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