Reusing Dryer Sheets

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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Tip: Use Dryer Sheets for Embroidery

By wendy 2 8

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!

By Wendy from Amarillo, TX

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Tip: Dryer Sheets for Cleaning Bugs Off a Car

By Irene M. 20

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.

Source: A friend

By Irene from Williston, FL

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Question: Use for Used Fabric Softener Sheets

By Melanie 1 7

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

By Melanie

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By Jackolyn Smith 17 134 Flag

January 16, 2011

I save all my used fabric softener sheets and use them to dust. They are especially great for dusting your TV and computer screens. They hold onto the dust and you don't have to worry about static electricity!

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Tip: Dryer Sheets Contain Toxic Chemicals

By Pixiedust7 7 898

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.

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.

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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Tip: Dryer Sheet for Tub Cleaner

By sherry 33 14

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.

Source: Killed a bug in the tub, and had dryer sheet in hand. I realized how good it worked.

By Moonseekerjade

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Tip: Restore and Reuse Dryer Sheets

By Peter Holland 1 1

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!

By pintpuller from UK

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Tip: Reusing Dryer Sheets

By Linda from Bloomington, IL 76 172

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.

By knitter926 from Bloomington, IL

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Tip: Remove Nail Polish With Used Dryer Sheets

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

By Robyn K. from Lamar, AR

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Question: Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

What are some alternative uses for Bounce fabric sheets?

By S. Richard from Church Point, LA

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By happy.now 2 50 Flag

February 7, 2015

Here in Louisiana the Bounce sheets do not keep away mice or rats. They just go around it. If you have a cooking pot you can put a sheet covering the bottom after it is clean and rats, mice and roaches will not go in it. I did this at my camp by saltwater and my house in town.

You do have to change the sheets every couple months. I have friends with barns and they have tried every brand dryer sheet they could get their hands on and the critters just go around them. I put five tennis balls and 3 sheets of bounce with every load in my dryer and it is great. I do use the sheets for about five dryer loads and then I line all the bathroom trashcans with them. j

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Tip: Used Dryer Sheets to Clean Eyeglasses

By bud 6

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.

By Bud from Bradenton, FL

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Tip: Dryer Sheet Tips

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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Tip: Reuse Dryer Sheets in Different Ways

By Natalie M. 2 3

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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Tip: Dryer Sheet For Your Hair

By Diana Tinsley 1

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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Question: Using Dryer Sheets for Embroidery

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

By Helen

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By Pixiedust7 7 898 Flag

June 15, 2013

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.naturalnews.com/002693.html

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8- ... lurking-in-your-fabric-softener.html

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

By Pixiedust7 from Wantagh, Long Island, NY

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Reuse Dryer Sheets with Fragrance Drops in Drawers

By deb 5

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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Tip: Dryer Sheet as Antistatic Glass Cleaner

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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Tip: Use Dryer Sheets For Garden Clean Up

By Joyce Davis 1

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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Tip: Dryer Sheets for Cleaning Candle Holders

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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Tip: Used Dryer Sheet Anti-Static Spray and Ironing Aid

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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Archive: Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

Does anyone have a list of the many uses for dryer sheets? Can I find such a list on this site? Thanks!

Caramel from New Jersey

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Cleaning Mineral Deposits from Glass Shower Doors

For your heavy mineral deposits on the glass shower doors, a new dryer sheet will come to the rescue! Wet the doors down and take an inexpensive dryer sheet and wipe straight down the wet glass. Now swirl the dryer sheet into a circle to get into the little crevices on the doors. Rinse the doors and touch up spots where the mineral deposits didn't all come off. It works for fiber glass tubs/showers too.

I buy the cheapest dryer sheets I can find to clean with and I'm never disappointed with the results. A clean bathroom, no harsh chemicals, and my hands get soft!

By Beverly Carroll from Bladenboro, NC

Burnt on Food in Baking Dishes or Pots

Keep those used dryer sheets to put into a baking dish or pot that has stuck/burnt on food in it. Fill dish with hot water, place dryer sheet in, place a fork, tines down on top of it to keep it below the water. Allow the dish to soak for 15 minutes for lightly stuck on, to overnight for horrible burnt dish. The mess will come out and you won't have ruined a pan!

For Stinky Diapers While on the Go

If you have a baby you know that sometimes you have to change a stinky diaper on the go. Carry a ziplock baggie with a dryer sheet in it to trash the stinky diaper in. That way, it's sealed up and the dryer sheet will help keep it from smelling as bad.

By BrookesMommy

On A/C Vents

Place on A/C vents to quickly freshen your home. I recommend using your used ones, so that you won't use up your sheets.

By Mann

As a Bug Repellent

I used to work as a cashier at Walmart and was told by a customer who was taking her grandchildren camping for a weekend, that she always rubs their arms and legs, faces with a dryer sheet and it absolutely works to repel biting insects, and she didn't have to buy the expensive greasy "skin so soft " by avon or some of the other overpriced repellants on the market that smell so bad.

I passed this information on to quite a few other customers and they put me up for a commendation for offering such practical advise when they came back with glowing reports on how well it worked for them

By AUNT EM

Dusting the Washer and Dryer

I wipe down my washer and dryer every time I take a load of laundry out of the dryer - dust clings to these things like magic.

By TerryfromChilliOH

RE: Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

After I've unloaded my dryer, I use the "used" dryer sheet to wipe off the lint build up from the dryer's filter screen.

By Marie

Used Dryer Sheets For Shoes

I take used dryer sheets, put them into a used nylon knee-hi, then stuff it into shoes to keep them smelling fresh! And, yes, when I'm in a rush, the dryer sheets go straight into shoes!

By Christi

Tips on Bounce's Website

These tips are offered by Bounce. They have numerous tips for using dryer sheets around the house. Clearly an attempt to sell more dryer sheets but there are some interesting tips. Some of the tips may work with used dryer sheets.

http://www.bouncesheets.com/print_all_tips.html

Wet Smelly Dogs

When my dog comes in wet from outside I just rub him down with a dryer sheet. no more smelly dog. Also the ticks don't seem to like this!

By Marianne

For Quilts

I use them instead of paper when doing 'paper piecing' for quilts. First they are ironed smooth. Then you can trace your pattern easily onto the dryer sheets. They are lightweight, don't add bulk to your quilt & they smell good!

By jazbo

Help with Cleaning Paint Brushes

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After I am done painting with Latex paint and want to clean out the brush. I take one dryer sheet used and drop that in hot water and put in the brush let it sit for a few minutes and rinse. It works great. Takes about 30 seconds to rinse the brush.

On Grates and Helps Static Air

Use them as "filters" in your heating system. Make nice liners under the small grates on the floor. Smells nice and helps with static in the room with the warm air floating thru.

Barb

Removing Static Cling

Dryer sheets can be used to rub over your pantyhose to reduce static cling.

By IMAQT1962

Freshening the Office

The used (and unused) dryer sheets are great in desk drawers and file cabinets. The scent freshens the work area instead of the entire room. It also freshens stationery and files in the desk or cabinet.

By QuietLady

Save Used Dryer Sheets For Dusting

They work wonderfully on baseboards, ceiling fans, doing a quick wipe of the bathroom or laundry floor, dryer, counter tops, or any surface that needs a quick dust. The dirt adheres to the sheet instead of getting flung around the air as when using a feather duster and are much cheaper than Pledge Grab-it or Swiffer dusters.

By Teresa Beaulieu

Reusing Dryer Sheets

Did you know that drier sheets can be used more than once? Use two, "once-used" sheets for a load of laundry. Works fine and saves a little money.

By Renee

Use for Used Dryer Sheets

Run used dryer sheets over television screens and PC screens to help repel dust and smoke! If you are like me and prefer not to buy these, there are always some around at your local laundromat!

By Diane Pollock

Dryer Sheets for Cars and Closets

I put dryer sheets, both new and used, in places like my car, clothing drawers, closets, etc. to keep everything smelling fresh. They keep the scent for a long time! Cheaper than buying expensive air fresheners.

By Robin

Use on Toilet Paper Holder

One more use for those old dryer sheets - I wrap mine around my toilet paper holder. Every time you take a sheet, it freshens the air for free!

By Glynda Lomax

Fabric Softener Sheets For Bath Tub Rings

I reuse fabric softener sheets to clean the rings in my bath tubs. They are also good to clean around the faucets and sinks.

By Pat

Stabilizers for Applique Work

Used dryer sheets make excellent stabilizers for applique work. You put the applique on top of the fabric and the dryer sheet behind it the fabric. A bonus is it makes the project smell great! I am working on an appliqued rose quilt for my Mom for Christmas and I couldn't believe the ease those used dryer sheets added to the process - I got every one of the appliques finished in one day with no problems! Now my husband will have to hold me back from digging in the trash at the laundromat for more of them :)

By Glomax56

Inexpensive Dusting Cloths and Cutting Them in Half

Once I am done with a load of laundry, there is always a dryer sheet to be thrown away. Of course, it's only half of a dryer sheet :-) I keep the sheets and use them to dust my furniture, wipe down the washer and dryer, and other surfaces (except kitchen counters). I save a bundle by not purchasing those furniture polish cloths!

By Misti

Keeping Rodents Out of the Camper

We used them in our camper to keep rodents out in the winter months when we were not using it. We just stuffed them around in the cabinets, on and under mattresses, etc. I suppose this would also work in unused places in your house that may attract rodents such as attic, basement, garage.

By Kathy

Uses for Old Fabreeze Bottles and Dryer Sheets

I use old Fabreeze bottles that are empty, fill 3/4 full of warm water and put in three or four fabric sheets and spray around the house as a fabric refresher. I also spray on the clothes in the dryer before turning it on.

By Racer

Sweet Smelling Pillow Case

When my daughters hair is full of static I get the sheet wet and gently dab it on their hair. It works great.

By HopeRomine

Sweet Smelling Pillow Case

My favorite uses for fabric sheets is to place one in my pillow case at night. The smell is soothing to me. and i also use them when my daughters hair is full of static i get the sheet wet and gently dab it on their hair..it works great..

By HopeRomine

Used Dryer Sheets for Removing Nail Polish

Used Bounce dryer sheets are excellent for removing nail polish. It saves manicure time, and uses less nail polish remover than anything I've used in the past.

By Betty

Preparing Crocheted or Other Fabric Gifts

I do a lot of crocheting and quilting to projects and give the finished items as gifts. I have found that tumbling the item in the dryer for a few minutes with a dryer sheet and then tucking the sheet into the folded item before wrapping makes it come out of the gift packaging smelling wonderful. The thank you cards that I receive almost always mention how good the item smells!

By Mimi from GA

Musty Smells in Suitcase

If you don't do much traveling, tuck a couple in your luggage before you store it away. No more musty smell when you pack for your next trip.

Harlean from Arkansas

Fresh Scent on Clothing

Ever wonder if there are any other uses for dryer sheets? Well wonder no more, you came to the right website! I use one in each dresser drawer for a fresh scent to my clothing. Also you can use them in clothing packed away or even in closets to keep everything smelling fresh. Yes, even shoes!

By Harm0ny

Dusting with Dryer Sheets

I use used dryer sheets to my mini blinds. Works great.

By lynne

Fabric Softener Sheet for Softer Feet

Want to soften the soles of your feet? Soak your feet in some warm water, then rub them with a Bounce fabric softener sheet for awhile. The sheet acts as a slougher and a moisturizer.

By Lisa Trudeau

Re-use Dryer Sheets/Empty Sheet Boxes

I keep an empty square tissue box on a shelf above my dryer and save all used dryer sheets. They are especially good for putting in sock/underwear drawers to keep everything smelling fresh. I also use the empty dryer box which retains a lot of the perfume smell in my dirty clothes basket -- keeps dirty clothes from smelling up the closet! Used dryer sheets are the best for using to clean out the lint filter of the dryer too.

By Terri

Removing Lint from Dryer

One of the favorite uses I have found for dryer sheets is removing the lint from the dryer filter. Just one swipe with the used dryer sheet from that load of clothes and the filter is clean as a whistle...

By Hazle

Dusting Television

I use my used dryer sheets to dust off my television and pc monitor. I also use them to dust off my mini blinds with. By miss lynne

Removing Static for Rubber Stamp Embossing

With some crafts, like Rubber Stamp embossing, static is a problem. The embossing powder can stick everywhere you don't want it to be. Rubbing your paper with a dryer sheet will help to cut down on that static and give you more control. It is good when working with glitter as well - simply rub over the surfaces you are glittering, and it won't stick everywhere quite as much.

By QueenBeeCrafts

Fabric Softener Sheets Remove Hair from Clothing

You can use fabric softner sheets, any brand, to get pet hair off of your items like clothes, furniture (this one works great), and other things. Also you can pick up dust with these also. They work great!

By Erricka (02/24/2006)

RE: Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

I have a wood stove in my house that we use every winter. I save the lint and used dryer sheets this way: Take a handful of lint. Flatten it out and use the dryer sheet to roll it up. Dryer lint is a great fire starter and the sheets quickly ignite. You can also put them into a toilet paper roll and use them the same way. I also use dryer sheets to dust my car dash.
(12/06/2006)

By Jane

RE: Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

Just a little heads up about the safety of dryer sheets though.
Take it or leave it.

http://www.newstarget.com/002693.html (12/08/2006)

By zotty

RE: Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

I've heard that mailmen tuck Bounty dryer sheets into their shirt pockets in summer to keep bees away. I used them on my deck umbrella and had much fewer bees and mosquitoes around last summer. Signaler(i)(/i) (04/07/2007)

By Signaler

Archive: Reusing Dryer Sheets

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. I lightly moisten the sheet and throw it in with the wrinkled item for about 2-3 minutes and it comes out neat and wrinkle free. The dryer sheet omits just enough moisture into the clothing item to release wrinkles and there is no long drying time. The absorbency of the left over sheet is a perfect quick fix.

To freshen up of an item that has been hanging in the closet for a while I use a NEW sheet, moisten it, and do the same procedure. The same nice results are achieved and adds a nice fresh laundered smell. After I have reused a dryer sheet once, I lightly wipe down the inside top of the washer tub edges and flush it away!

Source: My own discovery.

By Denise from Crescent City, CA

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Should dryer sheets be FLUSHED away? I don't think I'd want to do that with a septic system! (04/18/2008)

By Denice from PA

RE: Reusing Dryer Sheets

You can also put used dryer sheets inside shoes in your closet to absorb odors. (04/21/2008)

By Linda

Archive: Restore and Reuse Dryer Sheets

Extend the life of your dryer sheets. First they are extremely useful for cleaning the lint trap. Don't throw them away. Find a tightly sealed jar or container. Save all your used fabric sheets. Buy the smallest bottle of your favorite fabric softener. Collect all used sheets. Put them in your container. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of liquid softener and shake them up well. Toss in dryer. They will work every time. Reuse them over and over again. Add liquid softener as needed. When money is tight you will always have good smelling and soft clothes.

By Marlene from Upper Jay NY

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RE: Restore and Reuse Dryer Sheets

Well, that's a terrific idea! I always find them under the bed or sticking to a sheet or even in undies and I get frustrated with them. Now I can capture them and reuse. Thanks! (02/20/2009)

By Glenn'sMom

RE: Restore and Reuse Dryer Sheets

Great idea! Thank you for sharing. I also use a dryer sheet under my car seat in the winter as a way to keep my car smelling nice! (02/21/2009)

By DVG

RE: Restore and Reuse Dryer Sheets

I read not too long ago that you can also use these used sheets to add to your clothes when you wash them and it helps remove any lint and I forgot what else it helps with but I've been doing this since. I noticed that it helps very good with towels and bed sheets. no more "pills" and excess lint. (02/21/2009)

By Rosa G.

RE: Restore and Reuse Dryer Sheets

Please be careful using your old dryer sheets on the lint trap. I watched a new show dedicated to dryer fires and using old dryer sheets on the lint trap rubs the oils from the sheet on to the mesh. When it gets hot in the dryer it could actually SPARK the fire. If you re-use the old dryer sheets on the trap be sure to clean off and wash with warm soapy water every 6 months or so.

I've found that used dryer sheets are good for getting static out of my hair. Also you can use strips of bounce dryer sheets to keep mosquitoes at bay, so I've heard. (02/21/2009)

By KeishaJL

RE: Restore and Reuse Dryer Sheets

This sound very good. But will it also take the static cling out of the cloths over and over? (02/22/2009)

By Catherine

RE: Restore and Reuse Dryer Sheets

I use dryer sheets (used) to stuff my crocheted balls. they can be played with indoors without breaking anything or hurting anyone. (02/22/2009)

By jokerdeer

RE: Restore and Reuse Dryer Sheets

What a great idea! I can't believe I hadn't thought of it. And I like all the other feedback comments. This is such a great site. Keep those ideas coming! Thanks. (07/10/2009)

By grandypost

RE: Restore and Reuse Dryer Sheets

Not a good idea at all! Liquid fabric softener is intended for use in the washing cycle. It works to remove any remaining detergent left in the clothes that, if left in, causes the stiffness. Too work properly, the fabric softener must also be rinsed out. By putting it in the dryer can cause stains on clothes Your laundry may smell great, but you are actually harming your clothes and possibly your dryer with this practice. (07/10/2009)

By angelhug

RE: Restore and Reuse Dryer Sheets

Pretty neat idea. I cut most of them in half, and get 2 dryer loads from one. It seems to work just as well. From one Marlene to another! (07/10/2009)

By jabsgram

RE: Frizzy hair

I have dry, frizzy hair that could double for a Brillo soap pad. Have tried everything in all price ranges. The best product out there is Alberto VO 5 conditioning hairdressing - comes in a tube. (07/11/2009)

By Balber

RE: Restore and Reuse Dryer Sheets

I agree with anglehug. Liquid fabric softener is made for the washer. Using it on old fabric softener sheets will leave an icky residue on your clothes, the inside of the dryer, and the lint trap. I use vinegar in the rinse cycle. It's cheaper and works better. You don't get that fake "clean" smell, but the vinegar gets rid of any odors in your clothes. (07/11/2009)

By loftworks

Archive: Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

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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RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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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What are some other uses for dryer sheets?

By Holly from BC

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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

RE: Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

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

By Ace00

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

Archive: Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

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

By Holly from Lancaster, WI

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

By Suntydt

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

Reusing Dryer Sheets, Cute snowmen made out of reused dryer sheets.
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