Dryer Sheets Uses #1: Use Old Sheets As Dust Cloths
What are your dryer sheet uses? I thought about this recently when I got this great little comment from Stephanie on the site's Facebook wall.
I'm a sheet person, not tried the bar. I like the sheet, once used I throw in a container to use later and use like a duster in the bathrooms and baseboards. They remove any dust or hair caught on top of sinks or the toilet. :D
I love to find more uses for common items in our home, and that includes finding other uses for dryer sheets.
I hadn't thought about dusting with them after use in the dryer, but it seems perfectly obvious once she said it.
I already like to cut my fabric softener sheets in half, so that I can get more bang for my buck. They seem to work as well with just half a sheet, and of course I then save money by not having to buy them as often. Now, I can get even more use out of them before I throw them away by using them as little quick dusters too!
By the way, the picture to the right is showing a guy who made a shirt out of old Bounce dryer sheets. That is definitely not a conventional use for these items, but I did think it was quite imaginative, which is why I put up the picture.
I would love to hear even more dryer sheets uses ideas and tips from you, for all around your home. You can share your helpful household hints here, telling me unusual uses for everyday items, or read other ideas already submitted.
This page has been really popular, and I keep getting more and more uses sent in by readers, and I keep updating it. I've got over 20 now, so check them all out below!
I rub them in my hair when I have static, calms it right down.
Same thing, you can rub them on your nylons or clothes to help rid them of static.
The active ingredient in dryer sheets is an anti-static agent. When winter's dry air shows up, I rub the (unscented) dryer sheet onto my electric light switches, shoe bottoms, clothing to stop getting shocked.
Yes, it is magic.
We use a dryer bar, but I keep the "all-natural" dryer sheets from the co-op on hand for one hilarious purpose: de-staticking the cat in the winter!
She gets so upset by all the little zap moments, I feel bad, so I learned about rubbing her down VERY lightly with the chemical-free sheets. Works really well.
Another use is I use the cheaper brand to put on my sweeper mop, instead of buying the expensive disposable dry cloths.
It works really well.
Can you tell me if you use fresh or used dryer sheets for swifter sweepers?
That's a good question Brenda, one that Tammy didn't mention. But I'll give you my best stab at an answer although if others do this trick as well I'd love to hear what you say. But I would say use a used sheet for this purpose.
The reason is that it is the used sheets which are great to use as a dust cloth, and this is basically how you're using them in this instance as well, just at the end of your Swiffer Sweeper.
I think a new sheet might spread some of the wax that covers it onto your floors, and that could be messy or make things slick.
***Update: Another reader, Tamra, confirmed that at least she uses the used ones for this purpose. She said, "The used ones also work great with a Swiffer."
Many of these have to do with freshening your home, such as using the scent from the sheet to generally keep your home, shoes, luggage and bathroom smelling nice.
In addition, you can rub a fresh sheet on your TV or other electronics to reduce static electricity, and eliminate dust from sticking to the screen, and similarly reduce static electricity from your own clothing this way too.
Loosen Dried Oatmeal From Crock Pot With Fabric Softener Sheet
We were in the mother in law's kitchen this afternoon and I was cleaning a crock pot that had been used that morning and now had dried oatmeal stuck in it.
It was ugly.
I told my husband I was just getting the worst part off, and then taking it home and planning to let it soak in warm water with a dryer sheet to loosen the rest of the dried oatmeal before putting it in the dishwasher.
That's a great tip Robin, thanks for sharing!
Sometimes it can be hard to loosen stuck on food, and oatmeal is almost like glue sometimes isn't it?
If anyone knows anymore tips for cleaning small appliances, such as a slow cooker, click the link to share them, or check out the other ones already submitted.
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