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12 Clever Uses for Dryer Sheets at Home (with Pictures)

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You should always keep dryer sheets in your house. They are especially essential if you clean your clothes using a washing machine as they help to reduce static in the clothes.

Apart from drying clothes, there are many other things you can do with dryer sheets around the house. Chances are you already know and use some of these hacks in your house. In this article, we’ll talk about other ways to use dryer sheets in the home. Let’s dive in!

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The 12 Clever Uses for Dryer Sheets

1. Cleaning Your Shower Door

If you are not a fan of harsh detergents in the bathroom, no worries. You can skip the detergents and brushes and use your dryer sheets instead, as they do the work efficiently.

Simply dampen it with water and wipe the door to remove any hard water stains and soap scum. Dryer sheets have some chemicals that make them efficient for removing dirt. The scented brand also leaves your bathroom smelling great.

2. Cleaning a Burnt Pan

Salvaging a burnt pan might be pretty challenging to do without damaging it. This is especially true for non-stick pans, which tend to get ruined when scrubbed too hard.

To clean a burnt pan with dryer paper; fill it with warm water, lay a few dryer sheets inside the pan, and leave it overnight to soak. In the morning, or after a few hours, the burnt gunk will have floated on the surface or loosened enough for you to scrape them off with a plastic spatula. You can also do this on the bottom side of the pan.

3. Freshen up Your Gym Attire

If you are an avid gym goer, you might have noticed that sweat tends to stick on the shoes and clothes you often wear, creating a foul odor. Sticking dryer sheets in your gym shoes, luggage bag, and clothes creates a big difference. The best dryer sheets to use for this would be the scented ones.

4. Polish Your Fan Blades

Fans pick up so much dust when doing their job, making it a health hazard since they tend to spread that dust to the entire room when they spin. To clean the fan, dampen your used dryer sheets and rub them on the surface of the blades instead of tearing the whole fan apart.

The dust particles tend to cling to the dryer sheet cleaning the fan effectively. However, you must be careful to avoid cutting your hands on the fan blades.

5. Picking Up Your Pet’s Hair

The same quality that enables dryer sheets to remove static from clothes is the same that makes it efficient in picking up pet hair, especially from the furniture. If you’ve owned a hairy cat or dog, you know how stubborn removing pet hair from your sofa and clothing might be.

Cheap lint rollers might not do the trick if you want to pick all the pet hair. Instead, try rubbing a fresh dryer sheet against your sofa and clothes for better results. It’s an easy and cheap hack.

6. Cleaning Your Screen

Working with a dirty TV or computer screen can be annoying. Cleaning it is also tricky; you cannot use a wet rag or wipe it too hard. Doing so might damage it, which can be pretty expensive to repair.

And since electronic screens tend to be electronically charged, they attract many dust particles and require regular cleaning. Lucky for you, there is a way to clean your screens while preventing them from resettling. Wipe with a clean dryer sheet in one direction until the screen is clean.

7. Removing Deodorant Marks

Deodorant tends to stick on clothes, and this is often visible in dark colors. If you plan on wearing that cute sweatshirt again, the deodorant stains might give you away. To remove them, grab an unscented dryer sheet, and without wetting it, gently dab at the smudge until it’s completely gone; this way, nobody can tell if you’ve worn it before.

8. Removing Melted Wax

Melted wax may ruin some of your household items, especially when it overflows. In addition, removing the cooled wax without scraping the surface might be challenging and time-consuming.

Dryer sheets prevent this by offering a simple yet efficient way to do this. Place some soaked dryer sheets on the melted wax and leave them for an hour. After a while, you’ll be able to wipe off the wax easily.

9. Keeping Insects Away

Bugs and insects are annoying, especially during the summer. If you live in a warm area with many bugs, you might want to look for effective ways to deal with them. One of the ways you can do this is by tucking a dryer sheet in your pockets.

Most bugs and insects hate the scent they give off and will keep off you. You can also reuse the dryer sheets to do your laundry, which is both environmentally friendly and cost-effective.

10. Sharpening Scissors

You don’t have to throw out your scissors when they get old and become blunt. Running a dryer sheet against a dull scissor blade will restore some of the sharpness. Although it is not a permanent solution, they will work well for quite some time before they get dull again, after which you can use a way to either reuse or dispose of them.

11. Cleaning Your Car’s Windshield and Bumper

Before taking your car for a top-to-bottom hose-down, consider wiping it with dryer sheets. You can do this by dampening some clean dryer sheets and running them along the windshield and bumper. They get rid of all the dirt and dead bugs. It’s also an efficient and cheap way to clean your car, not to mention that it also saves a lot of water, making it environmentally friendly.

12. Loosening Food Residue

If you’ve worked in a kitchen, you know how hard it can be to remove stuck-on food from a pan; this goes for cooked and baked foods. To remove the burnt food and clean the pan, place a dryer sheet inside the pan, add some warm water and dish soap, and let it soak for at least an hour.

After the hour has elapsed, remove the dryer sheet, pour out the water and wipe the stains with a wet sponge. This technique works quite efficiently, and many people swear by it.

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Bottom Line

Dryer sheets come in scented or unscented varieties and you can pick the scent you like. If you are like most people, chances are you buy the scented dryer sheets to use when doing laundry. However, if you hate strong scents, it’s better to go for the unscented brand.

From this article, it’s clear that having dryer sheets in the house can often come in handy. Use the hacks highlighted to make your cleaning easier and simpler with the things you have around the house.

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