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Reusing Dryer Sheets, Cute snowmen made out of reused 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

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

Tip: Dryer Sheets for Cleaning Bugs Off a Car

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

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

Tip: Dryer Sheet for Tub Cleaner

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

Tip: Restore and Reuse Dryer Sheets

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

Tip: 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.

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

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.

  • The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food.

  • Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through dryer sheet before beginning to sew.
By Peggy

Tip: Reuse Dryer Sheets in Different Ways

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!

Ladies, keep one in your purse for "static moments." Rub the dryer sheet on the affected area (like when your skirt wants to cling to the back of your legs) and voila! Static begone!

One last use for old dryer sheets is using them to pack delicate items. When moving across the country, I wrapped a near-complete sand dollar with 2 dryer sheets to protect it. It was still in perfect condition when I unwrapped it.

By Natalie M. from Fairfax, VA

Tip: Reusing Dryer Sheets

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

Tip: Used Dryer Sheets to Clean Eyeglasses

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

Tip: Dryer Sheet For Your Hair

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 (frugal) of clothes dryer fabric softener and rub it through the hair. And voila! Static is gone.

By Diana from La Cygne, KS

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!

By sizzlesuccess from Poulsbo, WA

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. I use it to spray my son and daughter's hair in the morning and as an ironing spray for those extra stubborn wrinkles in my husband's cotton shirts. Every now and then I replace the sheets and put fresh water in. It also helps cut down on static in my daughter's hair.

By Hilary

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. This also works on mirrors that are for decoration purposes. (of course if you have sticky finger prints on these surfaces, this will not work)

By Erin

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Questions

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Question: Using Dryer Sheets for Embroidery

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

By Helen


Most Recent Answer

By Pixiedust706/15/2013

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

Question: Use for Used Fabric Softener Sheets

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

By Melanie


Most Recent Answer

By Jackolyn Smith01/16/2011

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!

Question: Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

What are some alternative uses for Bounce fabric sheets?

By S. Richard from Church Point, LA


Most Recent Answer

By Lori02/05/2011

Tuck a dryer sheet into your pants belt loop in the summer and mosquitoes will leave you alone.

Archives

Thrifty Fun has been around so long that many of our pages have been reset several times. Archives are older versions of the page and the feedback that was provided then.

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


RE: Reusing Dryer Sheets

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


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

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