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Five Ways to Reuse Dryer Sheets | Safe Home Products, Inc
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Written by Morgan   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 14:41

Many of us use fabric softener dryer sheets. When we’re done, it’s easy to toss them without a second thought. However, that is a lot of waste. Reusing your dryer sheets even once can greatly reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills. We are always looking for ways to green our cleaning practices, so we gathered a list of five ways to get a few more uses out of those dryer sheets.

1. Dusting

Perhaps one of the most efficient uses for your used dryer sheets is as a dust cloth. Use it to wipe down surfaces, venetian blinds, and computer and television screens. They attract and retain the dust, so you’re actually getting rid of dust, not just displacing it. Not only do dryer sheets act as the cloth, but the anti-static elements will also keep dust at bay for days to come.

2. Odor Neutralizer

Even after they’ve been used, dryer sheets retain much of their smell. This makes them perfect for freshening up nasty odors. You can place them in the bottom of garbage cans, in stinky shoes, or in the dirty laundry hamper in order to those areas fresh smelling. They also work great as a quick air freshener. Place them on a screen or fan, and your home smells like just-washed laundry in no time.

Dryer sheets make inexpensive substitutes for Febreze as well. Fill a spray bottle with water, and place two or three dryer sheets right in the water. It neutralizes odors where sprayed. This is also a great technique to use while ironing in place of the steam function on most irons.

3. Pet Hair Removal

If you have an animal that sheds, then you know how quickly pet hair can accumulate. You are always searching for ways to keep your home pet hair free without vacuuming daily. Dryer sheets are like a magnet for pet hair. Swipe a sheet over floors, sofas, or anywhere that collects pet hair. The sheet attracts the dander, leaving it surface hair free.

Dryer sheets also work equally as well in pet grooming. As you’re brushing your animal out, run a dryer sheet over its fur. It will take care of those pesky undercoat hairs that never brush out, but are always collecting in clumps in the corners of your home.

4. Banish Soap Scum and Hard Water Stains

You probably wouldn’t guess, but a used dryer sheet is great for the removal of hard water stains and soap scum. Simply wet the dryer sheet and scrub! Spots on your faucets, glass shower doors, and shower walls will disappear. A dryer sheet is gently abrasive, so the sheets will remove the stains without scratching the surfaces. For more stubborn stains, use a liquid soap, such as dish soap, with the dryer sheet.

5. De-Greasing Pots and Pans

What makes dryer sheets repel static and dust can also repel baked on grease! If you have a pot or pan that will not scrub clean no matter how much elbow grease, place a dryer sheet in the pan. Fill the pan with lukewarm water, and let it sit overnight. In the morning, the grease will scrub right off!


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