Uses for Dryer Sheets

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Boxes of Bounce dryer sheets.I use fresh dryer sheets and used ones to freshen up and dust with. Each weekend, I do a good cleaning in my living room. I need to do this because I sleep on my couch because of my illness I need to sleep upright and on oxygen 24/7. It is most comfortable for me. As a result, to keep my sofa in in very good condition and not breaking down, I rotate and Lysol my cushions each Saturday to keep it in good condition.


  • I go over the upholstery and cushions with a spray of Lysol disinfectant and then air fluff the throw pillows and give them a rub with a dryer sheet. I use a dryer sheet to go over the upholstery. It picks up dust and leaves behind a nice soft scent.

  • While I have a few sheets in my hand, I go over the wood furniture and it gives a light shine and leaves a nice scent too.

    Wiping a table with a dryer sheet used for cleaning.


  • I use them on my lamp shades to remove dust. The dust clings to the fabric in the dryer sheet.

  • You can use them in your boots to keep them fresh and scented. I leave a few lying around in the bottom of my closet where I keep all my shoes and boots.

  • When storing away coats, jackets and sweaters, put a sheet in the pocket or the arm of a sweater.

  • When I make my beds, I leave a dryer sheet inside the pillow case and one under the fitted sheet. And one inside the pillow sham.

  • If you find the scent too strong, use the used dryer sheets. They are still scented but not too strong.

  • Using them under your guest towels to keep them scented and the bathroom always fresh smelling.

  • Also, one great idea I found when sewing is, to use a dryer sheet on your needle to make it slide through the material easily. It works terrific!
There are so many things to do with your old used dryer sheets. I never throw them away. I collect them in a plastic bag and hang the bag on the back of the bathroom door. It scents the bathroom softly and they are there when you need some soft cloths to clean or dust with. Also, these are lint free!

Cleaning a couch cushion with a dryer sheet.

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February 7, 20210 found this helpful

Here we go again! I will now re-post my post of 1-22-13 describing how bad dryer sheets/fabric softeners are for us and why we should just THROW THEM AWAY!

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 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.

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


By Pixiedust7 from Wantagh, Long Island, NY

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Dryer sheets contains toxic chemicals and you are exposing yourself to neurotoxins and carcinogens, among other things. Please see my ThriftyFun post from 1-22-13, Dryer Sheets Contain Toxic Chemicals.

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