Dryer sheets keep your blankets smelling fresh and your towels soft, but did you know they can also clean your dishes and remove your soap scum? Don’t worry about wasting precious sheets - they clean, repel and loosen hair better when they’re already used! So, next time you pull an armload of clothes from the dryer, hold onto your dryer sheet. Here are seven handy uses for this laundry staple:
Photo: Cindy Yamanaka @ The Orange County Register
1. Clean Pots and Pans. If last night’s dinner is still stuck on a pot or pan, simply place a dryer sheet in the pan and then cover it with hot water. Let the pan soak overnight, and then use the dryer sheet to wipe away the loosened food in the morning. Then clean as usual.
2. Loosen Pet Hair. Before you attempt to vacuum pet hair off of your couch, chair or even your rug, rub the surface down with a dryer sheet. The dryer sheet will loosen the hair from the upholstery and make it easier to vacuum up.
3. Dust Computer Screens. Or a television screen. Or an iPad surface. To remove dust without damaging your electronics, rub a dryer sheet over the surface. It will reduce static and pick up the dust.
4. Keep Deer Away. If you live in an area where deer are prevalent and nibbling on your garden, cut dryer sheets into one-inch strips and then tie them onto the tips of greenery or in trees. The smell will keep deer away.
5. Remove Soap Scum. If you have mineral deposits or hard to clean soap scum in your shower, wipe it away with a dryer sheet. Lightly wet a dryer sheet, and then scrub the soap scum away. To learn more about soap scum, read: Be A Soap Scum Ninja.
6. Clean Scissor Blades. To clean your scissors without dulling the blades, rub them down with a dryer sheet. The sheet will remove any built-up stickiness, dust and dirt.
7. Repel Bees Outside. At your next backyard barbeque, put a dryer sheet in your back pocket. The smell will repel bees. If you don’t have a pocket to hide the dryer sheet, simply tuck a few sheets under your lawn furniture or blanket.