I love multi-purpose items and dryer sheets are chief among them. I use dryer sheets in the laundry, or course, but there are so many other things that dryer sheets are good for. Just consider these alternative uses…
Clean Your Iron
Yup! You know that nasty stuff that builds up on the flat iron from absolutely nowhere? Well, run the iron, on low heat, over a dryer sheet (unused) and viola! Gunk gone!
Remove Deodorant Marks
Ok. So I hate putting on an adorable outfit, getting where I’m going, only to find out that I have white deodorant marks all over my clothing! Ugh! Enter the dryer sheet. Dryer sheets (unused), rubbed on these marks will easily remove them. It’s a great trick and the dryer sheet tucked into your purse (waiting for such an emergency) gives it a nice scent, all-the-while. It’s a win-win.
Clean Up Pet Hair
My dog, Ellie, is a golden doodle. Bless her heart, she doesn’t shed, thanks to her mom who was a black, standard poodle named Lady Marmalade. For those of you with shedding dogs, however, you are going to be really happy about this tip: Dryer sheets (unused) take pet hair off of clothing and upholstery like magic. It’s a great trick to know – both in an emergency and on the daily.
Repel Static Cling on Your Clothing and Hair
I use this trick at the store all the time as we keep dryer sheets on hand for a later mentioned use (see stinky drawers and chests below). When my outfit is clinging to me like a frightened two year old, I simply wipe the sheet on both garments and bye-bye clinging kiddo.
Line a Pot
Did you ever have a pot that leached dirt out the drain hole and messed up you deck, table or floor? Whether the soil is too dry and leaks out as dust or too wet and you have mud, either way you have a mess. If you line the bottom of the planter/pot with a dryer sheet (in this case used is best) you will allow water to flow through but not dirt. Yay!
Get The Stink Out of Drawers and Chests
At Consignments Ltd. we use dryer sheets all the time. Being a beach community we often suffer from the musty smell of closed up homes or damp spaces. Dryer sheets (unused) are a great way to remove the musty smell from drawers, trunks and chests. They need to stay in the offending space for a few days to work, but they remove the odor permanently, so it’s well worth the time it takes.
A Final Thought…
Most of the tips here are for used dryer sheets. You can use the sheets again in your dryer that you’ve used to repel static cling or remove deodorant marks, but please don’t try to reuse the pet hair removal, iron-cleaning or stinky drawer ones. As always… be safe out there, my friends… and have fun!