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25 Uses for Dryer Sheets You Need To Know

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For a long time, I’ve found all sorts of uses for dryer sheets. I love the smell, but I also need to make money go as far as I can.

That’s why I do a lot more with (new and used) dryer sheets than simply toss them in my laundry.

25 Genius uses for Dryer Sheets that you probably never knew about

25 Uses for Dryer Sheets

1. Shine up chrome. Dampen a used dryer sheet and shine up the bathroom faucet or toaster.

2. Keep your scissors sharp by wiping the blades with a used sheet between uses.

3. Buh-bye pet hair!  Rub a dryer sheet over your sofa, bed, etc and it’ll gather up all that hair from your fur baby.

4. Clean oven racks. Soak them overnight in some Dawn dishwashing liquid with some dryer sheets thrown in. The dirt and grime will wipe off easy the next day.

5. Put them in your drawers and they’ll make your clothes smell fresh and clean for a long time.

6. Ward off gnats and mosquitoes. Put a fresh sheet in your pocket and leave a little sticking out. Those flying little monsters don’t like the smell. Same with Mice!

7. A used dryer sheet is the best dusting cloth ever. Shelves, floors, lamps, you name it.

8. Dirty pots and pans are no match for a dryer sheet. Soak your pan in water, dishwashing soap, and a dryer sheet for about an hour.

That burned on goo that was stuck before will come right off.

9. One of the great uses for dryer sheets is the smelly shoes solution. Cut a fresh sheet in half and put one half in each shoe.

10. Clean paint brushes. Soak the in warm water with a dryer sheet for a couple hours.

11. Banish soap scum on shower doors. One of the uses for dryer sheets most people don’t know is how to use them to clean shower doors. Just wet a fresh sheet and scrub. They’re amazing.

12. Flyaway hair can be tamed by rubbing a used dryer sheet on your hair.

13. Discourage dust from accumulating on your TV by wiping it down with a used sheet.

14. Instantly make your car smell better by placing a fresh dryer sheet under a seat.

15. Got deodorant streaks on your shirt? Rub it off with a dryer sheet!

16. Get rid of toilet bowl rings by scrubbing with used dryer sheets.

17. Pop a dryer sheet inside your folded sheets to make sure they have that “just washed” fresh smell when you make a bed.

18. Keep a dryer sheet in your stored luggage. It won’t smell musty when you need to use it.

19. Hide dryer sheets around your house to make everything smell fresh and clean.

You can put them under sofa cushions, in baskets, anywhere you can find a hiding place.

20. Wipe your blinds down with dryer sheets once a month. It’ll help repel dust accumulation.

21. Dust and clean baseboards by rubbing them with a used dryer sheet.

22. Used dryer sheets packed in empty toilet paper rolls make great fire starters.

23. Clean hairbrushes by soaking them in warm water with a dryer sheet. Fresh and clean!

24. Send one with your kiddo to place in their school locker. It’ll smell so much better!

25. Make your own Swiffer pads. All you need is a few dryer sheets and you’re good to go.

The BEST uses for Dryer Sheets

Do you have more uses for dryer sheets?

Please tell me what they are? I want to know and I’m sure readers want to know, too!

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  1. I put dryer sheets in the bag with my summer cushions in the storage shed to keep them fresh and keep the mice away.

  2. Use them to clean lint trap from dryer. Wipe with uses dryer sheet to remove lint. Then put in toilet tissue roll to use as fire starter.

  3. Put one in the bottom of your kitchen bin. Helps it smell amazing.

  4. Keep a fabric softener sheet in your sewing kit and when you’re sewing by hand pull your thread through a fabric softener sheet before you thread your needle. It cuts way down on tangles in the thread.

  5. The used-up sheets are a great help when cleaning out the lint trap~ you’re already there, it’s in your hand, and it swipes up the thin parts of the mess in the mesh. I have also tried the trick of using them on gummy residue, it got the crud off hardwood floors from double sided carpet tape and price sticker sticky off a clothes rack, both of which I had tried several other things to remove!

  6. After using the dryer sheet in the dryer, use them as backing for foundation piecing strips for quilts.

  7. I load up every crack and crevice on my boat with dryer sheets before storing it for the winter. Rodents and moths do not like them the boat smells nice and fresh in the spring once it’s taken out of storage. Unlike the smell that lingers from mothballs.

  8. Use dryrs sheets in the outside garbage can to keep flies away

  9. Put a dryer sheet in a spray bottle, fill with water. Shake it to mix it up and use it to clean those nasty bugs off the front of your car. Squirt the liquid on the bugs and use a 2nd dryer sheet to scrub off the bugs. They come off easy with a little elbow grease without scratching your car.

  10. I place them in the furnace and air conditioning registers. Each time the blower kicks on, it smells great.

  11. Use a fresh dryer sheet to clean the gunk off of your iron.

    Just iron a new dryer sheet on the cotton setting a few strokes and any residue will come right off.

  12. Use a dryer sheetx 4 with intricate die cuts, when I make my greeting cards. Makes it easy to remove the tiny parts you need to disgard.

  13. According to the Orkin man, they repel bed bugs. Pack them in Your luggage on trips and keep extras for when you go back home. Use the ones from the unpacked luggage and place under the bed sheets. Use fresh ones in in the luggage when you repack to keep bed bugs at bay on the return trip home.

  14. I put them in my Gym bag, keeps it nice and fresh!

  15. Place on the bottom side of you register vents, when the air or heating blows through, your house will smell fresh and will also collect dust and dirt. Change every 3 months.

  16. The tips were great dryer sheets are my favorite for cleaning baseboards. 

  17. I use a used dryer sheet to clean white boards

  18. When I need a small piece of interfacing to mend a tear in an article of clothing, i grab a used drier sheet. I have mended many high school band uniform this way.

  19. They are great for removing love bugs from your car. Just dampen a fresh sheet and rub them right off!

  20. Use dryer sheets to remove bugs on your vehicle. Just wet sheets & rub on vehicle. Takes bugs right off.

  21. Love all these ideas, plus take one place under edge of the grate of your floor heating register in winter. When furnace comes on you get an air freshener also.

  22. Run a hot iron over a fresh dryer sheet and all gunk on the iron sole plate will transfer to the dryer sheet – clean soleplate and no iron grunge transferred to your clothes

  23. I have 2 dogs and when I vacuum my smells like dog so I put dryer sheets in the vacuum and it smell great after 

  24. I presently do not have a cat. However, a friend & I were discussing household odors and thought a dryer sheet used in the filter holder atop an enclosed litter box might help. 

  25. Got this trick of an aircraft engineer, works great.
    Get rid of stubborn insect marks on your car. Place a tumble dryer sheet inside a squirty bottle with a little water enough to cover sheet, shake the bottle up. Then squirt the stubborn stain and use another sheet to wipe of stain and it doesn’t scratch your paintwork.

  26. Wonderful new tips, thanks so much. I also use them in between blankets store in cupboards and underwear’s drawers.

  27. Put them in your mailbox keeps spiders away.

  28. They are great for vacuuming fold and put in filter compartment and vac your room will smell great !!!!

  29. We go to Florida every year & bring back shells. After giving the shells a good cleaning in Clorox & water & dry out in the sun, I pack them in foil containers from Dollar Tree & place a dryer sheet along with bubble wrap for the journey home. Never a bad smell. 

  30. I live close to a field and obviously field mice. I keep a dryer sheet in kitchen drawers and cabinets  and have not seen signs of mice in there since I started doing this

  31. We put a bunch of them in our RV over the winter when it is stored. Keeps the mice and rodent out! Thanks for all the times!

  32. I use the used sheets in my window tracks. It keeps the dirt and dust build up down and cleaning is a breeze. You just replace with more used dryer sheets. Dust off my lamp shades with them also.

  33. Put in mailbox or paper box to.krep.out ants etc

  34. My mechanic put dryer sheets in my trunk and under the hood of my car. The mice was chewing my hoses.

  35. You can use them as a dust filter on your computer’s vents also.

  36. I use dryer sheet in the cat litter cover where you put a new filter in. No more buying filters for the lid.

  37. I use them to clean the bugs off the front of my truck. 

  38. Using a dryer sheet to remove bugs on the front bumper or side mirrors of a car. Easiest solution I have found. 

  39. My husband and I use them to clean bugs off of our motorcycles after a long ride. Get the bike and the dryer sheet wet then wipe away the bugs. Works like charm. 

  40. When I’m taking clothes out of the dryer, I use the ‘already used’ dryer sheet from that load to clean the lint off the lint screen – comes off quickly and easily!

  41. Dryer sheets also good for taming static in your hair especially in the winter..just pass over with a new sheet

  42. Keep a few dryer sheets in your car as emergency clothes brushes when you notice as you’re parking your car that your dark pants are covered in white pet hair. (Even though I checked right before I left!)

  43. I haven’t read the comments, so maybe someone already suggested: Mice don’t like dryer sheets. When we store vehicles for the winter here in northern Minnesota we put fresh dryer sheets under the hood, under seats, up under the visors, in the glove compartment, in the trunk, and even in the tailpipe. Unless your garage is mouse proof, the mice get in over the winter, but they stay out of the vehicles with dryer sheets in them.

  44. Wetting a dryer sheet takes bugs off your car!

  45. Don’t really work swiping furniture within 20 mins there’s dust again

  46. Wet dryer sheets are amazing at cleaning dried bugs from the front of a car.   They just melt away.  

  47. Put a dryer sheet in the mailbox to keep out spiders and ants.

  48. I. Put one of two in my sweeper bag

  49. Used dryer sheets, dampened with a little water, will get all the dead, smashed bugs off the front of your car and the headlights! I always just dip the dryer sheet in my soapy bucket when washing the cars!

  50. Loved your suggestions! And I have one more!
    I put new dryer sheets behind my floor vents when selling my home!
    Hidden, but a subtle fresh smell throughout the house! 
    I did remove them when we moved.

  51. Spiders do not like dryer sheets! So place under cushions and anywhere, out of sight, that spiders might appear.

  52. Put a dryer sheet in your mailbox to keep insects out for your mail carrier and you!

  53. Dryer sheets will take bugs off of the front of a car. Just wet the dryer sheet and scrub the bugs off. Windshields too.

  54. Wet dryer sheet will clean bugs and tar off your car

  55. They also make a great backing for string quilts.  It’s a good foundation and also smells very nice.  

  56. Stick a couple in your heater vents makes room smell good when heater goes on

  57. I have 2
    1. Put several up against the air conditioning screen put back and snap into place
    When you turn your ac your room will smell great
    2.if you have a fan ,clip using metal clips to the fan,turn on,your room will smell great

  58. Use Bounce dryer sheets tied around your car engine to repel mice, put places where bees like to make nests.