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Why throw out your fabric softener sheets after they are done softening your clothes. You reuse them in various ways, such as cleaning or crafts or even put them back in the dryer. This is a guide about reusing dryer sheets.
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June 11, 2009

I recently bought a sewing/embroidery machine and love to embroider on things that I make. The stabilizer is pretty expensive so I didn't buy any, instead I use dryer sheets. I save them after drying my clothes, iron them and then reuse them. If you need a stiffer stabilizer, use it before it has been dried with your clothes. It works great and makes your craft smell good!

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By Wendy from Amarillo, TX

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June 9, 20100 found this helpful

I have picked up stabilizer very inexpensively by the yard. As the others stated, there are chemicals in these sheets, first and foremost. What ever fabric you are afixing it to, will have oil like stains that may never come out.

If you are looking for stabilizer, go to a fabric warehouse, get non adhesive interfacing of what ever stiffness you want. This is stabilizer. Check with a local business that does embroidery for their suppliers. Check ebay. I picked up a whole bunch at a garage sale, someone got tired of their projects and moved them out. We have a clothing 'factory' here which sells cheaply end bolts, supplies, and I frequent their public sales.

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January 22, 2013

While it is great to be thrifty, there are certain things that should never be re-used. It amazes me how many tips are submitted for using or re-using dryer sheets (fabric softener sheets)! Unfortunately, dryer sheets are highly toxic, and trying to wring more uses out of them is dangerous, as well as going too far to be thrifty.

Please just throw the dryer sheets away! Dryer sheets contain loads of toxic, even carcinogenic, chemicals, such as benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, and chloroform, among others, some of which the manufacturers don't even have to reveal to the public! Some of these chemicals cause the softening, and others are used to perfume the sheets to give them their "lovely" aromas.

These chemicals cause liver damage, hormone disruption, nervous system problems, cancer and other serious or chronic health problems. Adults should not expose themselves to these toxins, let alone their children or pets, who are prone to licking everything or putting things in their mouths - an even more direct and more toxic method of exposure than through the skin.

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Any time you handle these sheets, whether doing laundry, putting them in lingerie drawers, using them for crafts, hanging them from a ceiling fan, or using them to wipe TVs, etc., you have these chemicals on your hands. You should never touch your face, mouth, nose, or eyes after touching dryer sheets, and should wash your hands thoroughly after touching these things. Please do not use fabric softener sheets in A/C systems, behind fans, or in any similar way. The chemicals in those things are no joke; they're POISONS. You do NOT want to breathe them. Better not to use them at all.

Many of these chemicals are also present in other consumer products like dish and laundry detergents, soaps, air fresheners (especially deadly), shampoos, deodorants, creams, etc. There is a false assumption by the FDA and other regulatory agencies that these chemicals are safe and are not absorbed through the skin. However, this wrong, as these chemicals can be found in the blood of nearly every citizen. This is how nicotine patches work, by absorption through the skin. If nicotine is absorbed through the skin, you can bet these other chemicals are too.

You are exposed to them because your clothes are covered with these chemicals from the laundry detergent and fabric softeners (liquid or sheets), and you are absorbing them all through your skin. Add to this the chemicals from all the other products mentioned above. We have been exposing ourselves to a lot of dangerous stuff over the years, folks.

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There are safer, more natural alternatives to these products. Many TF members have contributed tips for alternatives to dryer sheets or fabric softeners, such as white vinegar or Epsom salts in the rinse water, or dryer balls in the dryer. Please, please do not wipe your pets, their bedding, or anything else, with dryer sheets. Don't let your children suck on their chemically fabric softened "blankies".

Here are links to just two articles about dryer sheet chemicals; there are many more - just Google the words "dryer sheet toxic" in any order. Also check out articles on the chemicals in air fresheners - they're pretty scary.

Source: Natural News, Care2, and many other sites.

By Pixiedust7 from Wantagh, Long Island, NY

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April 3, 20160 found this helpful

What is the comparison toxic wise to liquid fabric softener?

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October 22, 2009

Use dryer sheets to scrub the tub. Wet the tub down, and use an already used dryer sheet. For tough rings, you can use an unused sheet. It works so good.

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10 found this helpful
July 12, 2012

When those pesky "love bugs" are all over your car and very hard to remove try using your dryer sheets, either new or used. They actually work. I tried it after a friend told me about it. Sure does save a lot of time and aching muscles.

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January 13, 2010

Don't throw away your tumble dryer sheets after one use, just soak them in a little fabric conditioner, leave them to dry and you will be able to use them again and again!

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November 6, 2009

This is another tip using fabric softener sheets. To get a better value from them, reuse them. A sheet can be used four times. Each time you use one, cut a bit off a corner. Toss the sheet after the fourth use.

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July 28, 20095 found this helpful

Re-use dryer sheets to take off your nail polish. Takes it off without leaving a mess like cotton balls or tissue paper.

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June 10, 2011

Don't throw away your dryer sheets after you've used them, stick them in your linen cabinets, underwear drawer, or where ever you want to have a nice scent!

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December 18, 20042 found this helpful

Golfers put a dryer sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away. Use a dryer sheet to clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean.

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November 9, 2007

Used Bounce sheets from in your clothes dryer are excellent eye glass cleaners! Don't use new ones, only ones that have already been used.

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February 15, 2007

This is how you or the kids get static electricity out of your hair in a pinch or spur of the moment. Take a half of sheet of clothes dryer fabric softener and rub it through the hair.

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October 13, 20040 found this helpful

Instead of using glass cleaner to clean your television screen, and computer monitor, obtain a used dryer sheet. It will attract the dust automatically.

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August 11, 2009

Save all used fabric softener dryer sheets to clean dirty hands and fingernails after gardening or other dirty jobs. Simply wet the sheet and gently scrub your hands.

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November 9, 20050 found this helpful

Reuse your dryer sheets for cleaning candle holders. Just wipe the inside of jar or votive holders and the soot will wipe right off. Quick and fast!

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December 28, 20040 found this helpful

I save my used dryer sheets and use them for various things. The other day I came up with a new idea - I placed about 3 of them in an empty 'Febreeze' spray bottle and filled it up with fresh water.

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January 10, 2011

Is there anything I can do with used fabric softener sheets?

By Melanie

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January 12, 20110 found this helpful

After I take the weeks garbage to the curb, I drop a fabric sheet in the garbage pail before I put a clean bag in I do this for the small waste paper pails in the other rooms too. They smell good.

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January 14, 20110 found this helpful

Please throw them away! Then, read my post on the dangerous chemicals in these things (and in fabric softeners, laundry detergents, and just about everything else).

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You do not want to allow these chemicals to touch your skin. It's okay to be thrifty but it's not wise to re-use these things. Or use them to begin with, for that matter. There are much more worthwhile things to recycle, please don't waste thought or time on fabric softener sheets, they belong in the garbage, as toxic waste.

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May 30, 20130 found this helpful

I want to use dryer sheets to embroidery, are they toxic?

By Helen

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June 15, 20131 found this helpful

Yes, Helen, they ARE toxic. Please just throw them away. I keep re-posting the following info I posted a couple of years ago, because so many people want to use these things in dangerous ways. Please read:

Dryer Sheets Contain Toxic Chemicals

While it is great to be thrifty, there are certain things that should never be re-used. It amazes me how many tips are submitted for using or re-using dryer sheets (fabric softener sheets)! Unfortunately, dryer sheets are highly toxic, and trying to wring more uses out of them is dangerous, as well as going too far to be thrifty.

Please just throw the dryer sheets away! Dryer sheets contain loads of toxic, even carcinogenic, chemicals, such as benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, and chloroform, among others, some of which the manufacturers don't even have to reveal to the public! Some of these chemicals cause the softening, and others are used to perfume the sheets to give them their "lovely" aromas (which in my opinion, stink).

These chemicals cause liver damage, hormone disruption, respiratory and nervous system problems, allergies, cancer and other serious or chronic health problems. Adults should not expose themselves to these toxins, let alone their children or pets, who are prone to licking everything or putting things in their mouths - an even more direct and more toxic method of exposure than through the skin.

Any time you handle these sheets, whether doing laundry, putting them in lingerie drawers, using them for crafts, hanging them from a ceiling fan, or using them to wipe TVs, etc., you have these chemicals on your hands. You should never touch your face, mouth, nose, or eyes after touching dryer sheets, and should wash your hands thoroughly after touching these things.

Please do not use fabric softener sheets in A/C systems, behind fans, or in any similar way. The chemicals in those things are no joke; they're poisons. You do NOT want to breathe them. Better not to use them at all.

Many of these chemicals are also present in other consumer products like dish and laundry detergents, soaps, air fresheners (especially deadly), shampoos, deodorants, creams, etc. There is a false assumption by the FDA and other regulatory agencies that these chemicals are safe and are not absorbed through the skin. However, this is wrong, as these chemicals can be found in the blood of nearly every citizen. This is how nicotine patches work, by absorption through the skin. If nicotine is absorbed through the skin, you can bet these other chemicals are too.

You are exposed to them because your clothes are covered with these chemicals from the laundry detergent and fabric softeners (liquid or sheets), and you are absorbing them all through your skin. Add to this the chemicals from all the other products mentioned above. We have been exposing ourselves to a lot of dangerous stuff over the years, folks.

There are safer, more natural alternatives to these products. Many TF members have contributed tips for alternatives to dryer sheets or fabric softeners, such as white vinegar or Epsom salts in the rinse water, or dryer balls in the dryer. Please, please do not wipe your pets, their bedding, or anything else, with dryer sheets. Don't let your children suck on their chemically fabric softened "blankies".

Here are links to just two articles about dryer sheet chemicals; there are many more - just Google the words "dryer sheet toxic" in any order.

Also check out articles on the chemicals in air fresheners - they're pretty scary.

http://www.natu  .com/002693.html

http://www.care  ic-softener.html

Source: Natural News, Care2, and many other sites.

By Pixiedust7 from Wantagh, Long Island, NY

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June 20, 20100 found this helpful

What are all the things you can do with a dryer sheet?

By Holly from Lancaster, WI

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Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

You can put a dryer sheet in your pocket and it will keep bugs away from you. (05/13/2010)

By Suntydt

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

Hang them on an outside bush or tree, so the moose will be less likely to eat your shrubs and trees. (05/13/2010)

By Birder2

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

I have used them to stuff homemade pillows used in dog and cat beds. Then you can toss them in the laundry. They dry quickly, too. (05/14/2010)

By sawn61

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

Clean paint brushes: Soak your used paintbrushes in warm water with a dryer sheet and that pesky latex paint will come off in under a minute. (05/14/2010)

By yoder178

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

Suntydt, what a clever idea. I never heard of one, but am going to try it! I put a dryer sheet in my suitcase when I pack for a trip to keep my clothes smelling nice and put them under the seats of my car to keep my car smelling good, too. Also, for a quick tip on wrinkled clothes, toss them in the dryer with one for a quick wrinkle release if no time to iron. (05/14/2010)

By Amy3e

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

I use two of them on my Swiffer as a dust mop, so I only have to buy one product (that is the cheaper one) and still get two uses out of it. (05/14/2010)

By Kathleen10

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

I use dryer sheets to make my own "Febreze". Just put an unused dryer sheet into the spray bottle and let sit for couple of days and you have cheap homemade Febreze (05/14/2010)

By busymom9599

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

I put a dryer sheet into my burned pots and let sit overnight and wipe out. Easier than scrubbing those burned pots and pans.

Also, I use dryer sheets for keeping bugs away. Stick one in your pocket with little bit hanging out and those bugs will leave you alone. (05/14/2010)

By busymom9599

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

The best use of a dryer sheet I have ever tried, is to place one in a baking pan that has burnt on, stuck on "gunk" leave it overnight with water in the pan, as well, and in the morning the "gunk" glides off. It is terrific! (05/14/2010)

By sebaldre

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

Even after they've done their work in the dryer,
save them to clean the dryer vent of lint. They
work very well collecting every bit of the lint, then
just toss the lint in the yard for little birds to line
their nests with.

Used dryer sheets work great on dusty TV and
computer screens. There may be some screens
that we're not supposed to touch, but everything I
have is old so I can use them just fine.

If you have stinky feet, stuff a dryer sheet into
each sneaker or shoe and the shoes will smell
a lot nicer.

Keep fresh dryer sheets in the linen closet and
maybe one in your lingerie drawer. If I can find
dryer sheets which have a lavender fragrance, those
are the best of all.

If you have books that have gotten damp, dry them
out by placing used dryer sheets between pages.
Store books with fresh dryer sheets to retard mold.

Hope this helps. Julia in Boca Raton, FL

(05/14/2010)

By PookaRina

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

Going over a pets coat is supposed to keep them from feeling the static from thunder and lightning, also at the gas station keep one in your pocket to reduce static, but still touch the steel frame of the car before pumping gas. I like them after they are used because they don't have lint on them.

Here are some more uses:

rd.com (05/15/2010)

By Robyn Fed

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

I put them inside my brother's shoes to control the stinkiness.

Put them in boxes and containers of items to be stored for awhile to control the stale odors that accumulated in them.

I don't use a mousepad and my mouse is wireless; I wipe down the hard surface of my desk with an used dryer sheet and it makes it easier to use my mouse. (05/15/2010)

By Juslilome

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

Wet ones take bugs off of cars. Rub one on frizzy hair, poof all gone! Put in vacuum bags for fresh air when you clean. Keep one in bottom of trash cans, closets, luggage, etc. (06/04/2010)

By carmen857

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May 13, 20100 found this helpful

What are some other uses for dryer sheets?

By Holly from BC

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Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

I put them under the seats of my car as air fresheners. Work so much better than those little trees that hang from the rear view mirror. Also, if you have wrinkled clothes and no time to iron, throw one into the dryer with the clothes and put on low heat for 8 -10 minutes and wrinkles usually disappear. (03/22/2010)

By Amy3e

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

I put them in my husband's shoes at night so they smell better. (03/23/2010)

By Ace00

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

I reuse for dusting and thereafter as rags to clean my bathroom sink and counter using liquid soap and water. (03/23/2010)

By Deeli

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

I put one in the bottom of my kitchen and bathroom trash cans, then put the garbage bag on top of it and the smell of the dryer sheet helps keeps things smelling fresh. (03/23/2010)

By PainterLee

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

If you ever get chewing gum stuck inside you're dryer, a dryer sheet will rub it right off. Also works for the cleaning gunk around the rim of your washer. (03/23/2010)

By escnmck

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

Tuck old dryer sheets into pockets of kid's jeans or shorts. For some reason it deters mosquitoes. (03/27/2010)

By mollycee

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March 21, 20100 found this helpful

I keep my used dryer sheets in an empty Clorox Bleach Wipe container. They come in extremely handy when you need to knock the dust off of baseboards or your car interior. They're also great for taking the dust off of mini blinds.

By April from Albany, GA

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Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

I hate trying to cover my face with one hand and spray insect repellent on the sides and back of my head. I crumple up a used dryer sheet and pump about 5 spays of repellent into it. The dryer sheet holds a good amount of liquid and its very easy to apply the repellent. (07/13/2007)

By Mike from Yukon, OK

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

I use old dryer sheets in flower pots to cover the holes in the bottom to keep the soil from coming through. (08/18/2007)

By Laura

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

When I change the bag in my vacuum cleaner, I place a new fabric softener sheet inside the bag through the hole where you attach the bag to the vacuum. Then, every time you vacuum, you scent the room. (08/21/2007)

By Deb from SC

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

Put used dryer sheets in the bottom of your trash cans before you add the new bag, they absorb liquids and when you change your trash bag you do not get that terrible whiff, but instead a pleasant aroma.

Also, tape a fresh one to the inside top of your mailbox, it gives a fresh scent each time opened, and leaves your mail smelling fresh and will deter insects from trying to build nest in and around your mailbox.

When you are having an outside picnic or family reunion outside place one near the trash can, it will keep away the bees and flies.

Put one inside you picnic basket or on your picnic table where you will be eating it keeps the flies at bay. (10/29/2007)

By theseamstress

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

Never, ever use dryer sheets on pets. The chemicals are toxic. (11/10/2007)

By TK

Keeps spiders out of your basement etc.

Spiders and other bugs hate the smell of fabric sheets so they won't build webs near the sheets. Put them in the rafters of your home to control the pests. Thank you everyone for all your stories. (06/27/2008)

By Gladys

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

I had a big spot of road tar on my car. Here is the solution and it worked beautifully. Wet the spot, take a new dryer sheet and rub it on the spot. It came right off. Won't damage the paint and took little to no effort to get it off. Also, works on those nasty old bug guts on the front grill. (08/12/2008)

By RebeccaV

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

To clean bug splats from windshield, wet one or more softener sheets and wipe over splats, wait a couple minutes, wipe again and then flush with water, works like a miracle. Also use on grill, headlights, side mirrors, and any other surfaces. This is especially great for those in the south during the love bug seasons. (09/19/2008)

By cebob

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

I use the old ones to clean the inside of my shower. They work great. (02/20/2009)

By chammich

Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

Used dryer sheets are perfect for getting stuck on food out of pots, pans, and baking dishes. Just fill the pot, pan, or dish with water and add a used dryer sheet. Let sit over night. The next morning just swish and wash. It works great. (06/23/2009)

By Bittyfrog

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January 13, 20100 found this helpful

Extend the life of your dryer sheets. First they are extremely useful for cleaning the lint trap.

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November 6, 20090 found this helpful

When I am done with a load of laundry I take the used dryer sheet and throw it back into the dryer in case I need a touch up on an item of clothing.

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April 26, 20070 found this helpful
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September 22, 2009

Used dryer/softener sheets can be recycled to freshen drawers and closets by adding a few drops of your favorite fragrance or oil on them. Then place them in a corner of the drawer or closet.

By Deb from Woodland, CA

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September 23, 20090 found this helpful

That is such a good idea! I love it!

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