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Bright Ideas · 11 Surprising Ways To Use (Or Reuse) A Dryer Sheet

11 Surprising Ways To Use (Or Reuse) A Dryer Sheet

Cleaning up pet hair and scrubbing bug splatters off a car bumper are just two of the reasons why dryer sheets are more handy than you'd think!

After I started using dryer balls when drying my laundry, I wasn’t sure what to do with the box of dryer sheets in my cupboard that was still mostly full. Luckily for me, a couple of hours of poking around online yielded some truly great tips for putting those leftover dryer sheets to good use!

But the dryer sheet tips I’ll be sharing with you in today’s post aren’t only useful for those of us looking for ways to use up spare dryer sheets. People who do use dryer sheets in their dryer can benefit too, because a used dryer sheet works just as well as a fresh one for many of these applications!

Any time you can reuse something instead of throwing it out, that’s a good thing in my book. Because even though reusing something as small as a dryer sheet might not sound like much, it all adds up over time! 🙂

11 Brilliant Uses For Dryer Sheets

1. Erase Deodorant Marks

No one wants to leave the house with unsightly deodorant marks on their shirt! Use a dryer sheet to quickly rub deodorant marks off your clothes, and you’ll be out the door in no time!

2. Remove Crayon Marks

You can use a dryer sheet to help remove crayon marks after little ones have used your walls or tabletops as a canvas. Just rub the crayon marks lightly with a clean dryer sheet and the marks will disappear.

3. Clean Your Iron

You can use a dryer sheet to help remove gunk from the plate of your clothes iron. Lay a dryer sheet out on your ironing board, and set your iron to its lowest heat setting. Once it has warmed up, rub the iron over the dryer sheet until the residue is gone and the plate is clean.

4. Clean Up Pet Hair

Dryer sheets can be really helpful in pet owners’ continual efforts to remove pet hair from, well, everywhere! Swipe dryer sheets across flooring, furniture, toys, lampshades, and even clothes to clean up pet hair.

5. Fix Problematic Scissors

Are your scissors not cutting as smoothly as they should be? A dryer sheet can help! Just (carefully) run a used dryer sheet over the blades of your scissors, and the residue will lubricate the blades and help your scissors glide more smoothly.

6. Clean Bugs Off Your Car

Use a damp dryer sheet to gently scrub bugs off of your car’s windshield and bumper. The sheets are abrasive enough to remove stubborn bug marks, but not so harsh that they’ll damage your car’s paint or finish.

Related: 17 Brilliant Car Cleaning Hacks

7. Remove And Repel Dust

Use a dryer sheet to dust baseboards, crown molding, cabinets, and even electronics. Not only will it pick up dust, but it will also leave behind a thin layer of residue that can help prevent dust from settling in the future.

8. Make A Firestarter

Place used dryer sheets (and dryer lint, if you have some!) into a cardboard toilet paper tub, then fold or pinch the ends of the tube to keep the contents inside. Light one end of your DIY firestarter, and you’ll have a fire going in no time!

9. Scour Soap Scum

Dryer sheets are surprisingly effective at removing soap scum, and they pair perfectly with my homemade shower cleaner. Just dampen a used dryer sheet with a few drops of water, then scrub away soap scum on your shower door, shower curtain, sink and tile. The gunk will practically slide off!

10. Keep Potting Soil Contained

Place a few used dryer sheets at the bottom of a pot the next time you’re potting plants or flowers. The dryer sheets will help keep the soil from falling out of the drainage holes when you water your pots.

11. Fight Hair Static

Rub a dryer sheet on the inside of your favorite hats to prevent your hair from getting all static-y when you take off your hat. (You can even rub a dryer sheet right on your hair to help prevent flyways!)

Related: 100+ Simple Solutions To Common Beauty Emergencies

Do you know of any other interesting uses for dryer sheets?

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