Like many people, I use dryer sheets to eliminate static and give my laundry
a fresh scent. When they had served their purpose, I simply tossed them into the
trash unaware they could be reused. I saw a commercial on TV for a book that
mentioned using old dryer sheets for cleaning around the house. With my
curiosity piqued, I did some research and discovered that old dryer sheets can
be used in a number of creative ways, as explained below with my top 20.
Use as an alternative for paper towels - You can pick up powders
and other small debris easily with dryer sheets, you will be amazed!
New Swiffer sheet - Stop buying expensive Swiffer sheets and use an old dryer sheet instead.
They function in the same manner and will save you money every month.
Clean windows & showers - Use dryer sheets to clean windows and shower doors. Dryer sheets
effectively remove tough soap scum and can drastically reduce your cleaning
time. Just add a few drops of water to moisten the sheet.
When sewing, run a dryer sheet over your thread. The thread will go
through the eye of the needle much more easily and will not tangle while sewing.
Clean pots and pans - Soak pots and pans in water with a dryer sheet for an hour to remove stuck
Heating vent filters - Place dryer sheets inside your heating vents to freshen the air in your
home every day. Dryer sheets allow air to flow through the vent but catch any
dirt or debris blowing through your duct work. Check the dryer sheets weekly and
change when they appear discolored or dirty.
Remove nail polish with dryer sheets and nail polish remover. Much less
expensive than cotton balls or paper towels, dryer sheets can easily remove your
old nail polish.
Repel mice (and other rodents). Mice do not like the scent of dryer sheets. Simply place a
few dryer sheets into the hole the mice use and they will no longer enter your
Put in your vacuum cleaner - To keep the air in your home smelling fresh when you clean, place a dryer
sheet in the bag or dirt canister of your vacuum. When finished vacuuming,
simply toss the dryer sheet out with the dirt.
Freshen clothes, shoes, etc. Used dryer sheets still
contain scent after they have been used. You can place them in drawers, closets,
or anywhere that needs a bit of freshening.
Polish chrome - Use them to polish chrome. Dryer sheets beautifully polish chrome to a
high shine and are gentle enough to be used on fixtures, cars and even
Clean paint brushes - Put your used paint brushes in hot water
along with a dryer sheet and watch the paint come off magically before
Keep your car smelling better - Put some dryer sheets underneath
the seats in your car to dramatically make your car smelling much
Remove dead bugs from your windshield, paint or bumper. Simply wet the
surface of your car to be cleaned and wipe away the bug remains. Used dryer
sheets are abrasive enough to remove the bugs but gentle enough to not damage
glass or paint.
Eliminate Static hair - Tame dry hair that is full of static by smoothing your hair with a dryer
sheet. You can also remove other static items, such as static on clothes
Keep your bathroom smelling good - You can put a dryer
sheet in your toilet paper roll. Every time you use the toilet
paper a smell of fresh scent will be released into the bathroom.
Remove pet hair from your clothes with dryer sheets. It is cheaper than
buying lint rollers and creates less waste. Works great for removing pet
hair on furniture too.
do not use dryer sheets on near your cat or dog, as they could be allergic to the
chemicals that are on it. Also, do not let your pets chew or even
eat fabric softeners as it has been a high cause of death for them, due
to kidney failure caused by the chemicals in dryer sheets.
Dusting - Dust your furniture and blinds with used dryer sheets. No dusting solution
needed. This not only saves time but money as well and eliminates harmful
chemicals from polishes which become airborne.
Clean computer screens - Use them to clean
television and computer screens. They effectively remove dust and dirt and
will not damage the screen. Once the screen has been cleaned with the
dryer sheet, it will naturally repel dust due to the anti-static properties of
the dryer sheet.
Repel bugs away! Forget the spray bottles and all their
chemicals, use dryer sheets instead. You can put some underneath
your seat, in your pockets, or tucked in your belt. This will
discourage bugs (such as bees and mosquitoes) to not go near you.
You can even put dryer sheets in trash cans to repel fleas, fruit flies,
and bees away from them.
I would not rub the sheets on your skin, as it could cause irritation.
Do this at your own risk!
As listed above, there are many fantastic uses for old dryer sheets and
re-using them can save you a lot of money on household cleaning products. Best
of all re-purposing dryer sheets is good for the environment and creates less
waste by replacing paper towels and sponges for cleaning many surfaces.