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20 Ways to Re-Purpose A Used Dryer Sheet

By Sebrina Zerkus Smith |
Here are some creative ideas for reusing anti-static dryer sheets.
cleaning dryer sheet

It has to be done, of course, but laundry is one chore that I dread. I rank it on the same level as scrubbing toilets and picking up dog poop - a necessary evil. And while I’m not a fan of toting laundry to the yard to hang dry, I am a fan of the environment. So what’s a girl to do?

While it’s not a perfect solution, I keep and reuse my dryer sheets for other things.

Here are some of the best ways I’ve tried.

- Keep some used dryer sheets in a container in your car for wiping the dashboard. Place one under the driver side seat to give it that new car smell. (I got this tip from a friend who sells used cars.)

- Use one to smooth your hair and prevent winter fly-aways.

- Use them for cleaning bug splats from your windshield. Just wet one or more softener sheets and wipe over splats. Wait a couple minutes, wipe again and then flush with water.

- Use on grill, headlights, side mirrors and any other surfaces.

- Place used dryer sheets in the bottom of your trash can before you add the new bag, It will absorb any drips or leaks and leave the can smelling fresh. This works especially well if you use paper grocery bags in your can, which tend to leak easily.

- Place a used dryer sheet near the trashcan at your next barbecue or picnic; it will repel bees and flies. Also, wipe one over your arms and legs to repel mosquitoes.

- Soften the soles of your feet by soaking your feet in some warm water and rubbing them with a used fabric softener sheet.

- Place a used fabric softener sheet inside your vacuum bag next time you change it to freshen as you clean.

- Place them in the rafters of your home to keep spiders and other bugs from nesting.

- They're great for removing stuck on foods from your pots and pans. Fill the grimy pan with water and drop the sheet inside. - - Let soak for about an hour and wash as usual.

- Use old dryer sheets to easily wipe up messes like talcum powder and flour.

- Use old dryer sheets in the bottom of flowerpots to cover the drainage holes.

- Stuff them in and around any place that needs freshening like tennis shoes, closets, laundry hampers, luggage and dresser drawers. Tuck one in your pillow and sleep on a fresh scent every night.

- Use them instead of paper when doing 'paper piecing' for quilts. First ironed them smooth, then trace your pattern onto the dryer sheets. They’re lightweight, don't add bulk to your quilt & they smell great.

- Use them to remove pet hair from your clothes and furniture.

- Run a sheet over a piece of thread before you thread the needle when sewing. The thread will glide through the eye and won’t tangle when sewing.

- Rid your house of unwanted pests. Find any place where pests like mice are entering your house and stuff the hole shut with used sheets.

- Use them to remove soap scum on your glass shower door, or use to wipe windows when cleaning.

- Used dryer sheets make great dusting cloths for your wooden furniture.

- Use just like you would a Swiffer sheet on your floors to pick up dust and pet hair.

- If your scissors are dull and not cutting as smoothly as they should, wiping them with a used dryer sheet will remedy the problem.

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  • Darrel R. 1 year ago
    Put a used sheet in clothes drawers, especially those that are not opened often. Keep in gym, tennis, backpacks, and other bags. Put inside shoes to help them keep fresh.
  • Rachel G. 1 year ago
    I try to limit what I print, but I'm printing this out and putting it right by my dryer, so that I'll be reminded to not just throw them out and try to give (at least some of them) a new life.

    At least until I run out, then my plan is to just use my spiky balls (like Barbara S's wool balls).
  • becky p. 2 years ago
    I have used, used dryer sheets with water to scrub a stain out of carpet.
  • Barbara S. 2 years ago
    I use wool balls to dry my clothes in the dryer. They work great - no need to waste money on dryer sheets.
  • Donna C. 2 years ago
    I've been trying to cut down on drier sheet usage. I like the unscented ones though, so not sure if some of the ideas only work if they are scented.
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