Creative Uses for Dryer Sheets

dryer sheets inside running shoes

Fabric-softener dryer sheets aren’t just for the dryer. While many people have these handy sheets in their laundry arsenal, most people don’t know that they can be used for myriad other things like repelling mosquitoes, cleaning soap scum, and freshening your home’s air. Check out some of the top ways to repurpose or reuse dryer sheets below.

Repel Mosqutioes

A single sheet can repel mosquitoes on your patio or front porch. You can hang the sheet outside with a clothespin during mosquito season to prevent you and your family from being bit.

Eliminate Static Electricity

Eliminate static electricity from your TV, computer screen, or other electrical items. Fabric-softener sheets are designed to help eliminate static cling, so wiping your electronics with a used sheet can eliminate extra static and keep dust from resettling on them.

Dissolve Soap Scum

Removing soap scum from a shower door, tile walls, and more can be tough. Luckily, you can use less elbow grease by rubbing a sheet on these residues.

Freshen Your Items and Spaces

Place an individual sheet in a drawer, hang one in the closet, or stick one under the seat in your car. If you car will be in storage, you can leave several in it to make it smell fresh when you re-enter the space.

You can also stick a sheet inside your luggage or suitcase to prevent musty odors and keep your clothes smelling fresh during and after transit. You can do the same at the bottom of a laundry bag, inside your shoes, or under a wastebasket to hide unwanted odors, too.

Clean Baked-On Food on Cookware

Fabric-softener sheets are claimed to clean baked-on foods from cookware like pots and pants. Place a single sheet in a pan, fill with water, and let it sit overnight. In the morning, clean with a sponge. It’s said that the anti-static agent weakens the bond between the food and the cookware surface. Be sure to thoroughly clean your pot or pan the morning after soaking with the sheet so that that are no chemicals or potentially irritating allergens left on the cookware before using again.

Magnetize Pet Hair, Sawdust, and More

Clean off loose pet hair your dog or cat has shed by rubbing the area with a sheet. The dryer sheet will magnetically attract the loose hairs and make it easier to clean off.

This same logic goes for sawdust leftover on the shop workbench from drilling or sandpapering. A used sheet will collect the dust like a tack cloth.