Sure, dryer sheets are super useful when you have stinky socks, but what about the rest of the house? Put those puppies to work doing these four chores:
Clean Dirty Pots. Have you ever burned the bejeezus out of some rice and ruined one of your favorite pots? Because we sure have. Instead of lamenting over a black bottom, salvage the pot with a dryer sheet. Soak your wounded cookware in warm water with a dryer sheet or two in the pot. Once the water is cool, clean the pot as you normally would. The dryer sheet will help loosen the food, so you can easily wipe it up!
Loosen Pet Hair. Does pet hair cover everything you own? Next time you find a layer of fine hairs on your sofa or rug, head to the laundry room and grab a pack of dryer sheets. Before you vacuum, rub the hair-covered surface vigorously with a dryer sheet. The sheet works as a magnet and pulls the fine hairs from the fabric. Then, vacuum up your hair! For another pet hair removal trick, read: The Best Way to Ditch Pet Hair That You've Never Tried.
Remove Soap Scum. If your shower or bathroom wall tiles are caked with a hard-to-clean soapy white substance, you have a soap scum problem. Soap scum is basically a mixture of mildew, mineral deposits, hard water, soap talc and body oils, but it’s no match for a dryer sheet! Lightly wet a dryer sheet, and then scrub the soap scum away. To learn more about soap scum and how to fight it, read: Tackle Soap Scum.
Freshen Vacuum Bags. Every time you vacuum, you’re adding more dirt, dust and hair to your vacuum bag, which can create an unpleasant odor. Avoid a bag replacement by keeping your current bag fresh with a dryer sheet. Simply place one sheet in your vacuum bag (or wherever the dust collects). As the hot air moves through the vacuum, the dryer sheet will give off a fresh scent and neutralize odors.