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They keep your clothes fresh and your blankets soft, but did you know that dryer sheets have uses outside of the laundry room? Here are four different uses for dryer sheets:
Clean Dirty Pots. We’ve all been there – You burned rice once and ruined one of your favorite pots. Instead of lamenting over a black bottom, salvage the pot by cleaning it quickly with a dryer sheet! Soak your cookware with the burnt bottom in warm water with a dryer sheet or two in the pot. Once the water is cool, clean the pot as you normally would. For step-by-step instructions, read Care for Your Pots and Pans. The dryer sheet will help loosen the food, so you can easily wipe it up!
Freshen Vacuum Bags. Every time you vacuum, you’re adding more dirt, grime, hair and bugs to your vacuum bag. Unless you clean it after every use, the waste sitting in your vacuum can give off an unpleasant odor. Avoid having to change your bag by keeping it fresh with a dryer sheet. Simply place one sheet in your vacuum bag or dust containment unit. As the hot air moves through the vacuum, the dryer sheet will give off a fresh smell and neutralize odors.
Remove Soap Scum. If your shower or bathroom wall is caked with a hard-to-fight milky white substance, you have a soap scum problem. This unpleasant side effect of bathing is difficult to clean because it’s hard to define. Fight this mixture of mildew, mineral deposits, hard water, soap talc and body oils with dryer sheets! Lightly wet a dryer sheet, and then scrub the soap scum away. To learn more about soap scum and how to fight it, read Be A Soap Scum Ninja.
Loosen Pet Hair. Does pet hair cover everything you own? Next time you find a layer of fine hairs on your navy sofa or red 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 more hair removal tricks, read Pet Hair ‘Nuff Said.