Just like baby wipes, dryer sheets are actually way more useful than their name implies. You can use these things just about anywhere, and they leave a fresh scent behind as a bonus. Some of the dryer sheet uses we’ll cover here might seem obvious, but others, maybe not so much.
The nice thing about dryer sheets, too, is that you can use them after you’ve already used them in the dryer, so you’re cutting down a little on waste.
1. Dryer sheets can do even more after the laundry is done. A used one can wipe up detergent spills, clean out the lint trap, and wipe down the machines.
2. They can also help with dirty laundry: stick some in the hamper to help keep the smell at bay.
3. Roll a sheet inside a toilet paper roll, and every time it spins, you’ll get a burst of scent for the bathroom.
4. A dryer sheet cut to fit and placed inside shoes combats odor.
5. Get rid of soapy buildup in the tub with a damp dryer sheet.
6. Keep used sheets in a diaper bag to roll up with soiled diapers, masking the smell immediately.
7. A dryer sheet makes scrubbing cooked-on food off pots and pans much easier.
8. Keep one in a picnic basket or even in your pocket or rubbed on your skin to repel bitey bugs.
9. Rodents don’t like the smell of dryer sheets either, so tucking them into dark corners of attics and basements can help keep them away.
10. Stash some in drawers to keep clothing smelling fresh.
11. You can also fold them into luggage when traveling to keep things fresh — especially if you’re going to be re-wearing outfits.
12. If you store items (in your home or elsewhere), dryer sheets are perfect for keeping the musty smell out.
13. If you don’t like the smell of old books, you can keep a strip of dryer sheet between the pages. It doubles as a bookmark.
14. Reduce static cling by rubbing a sheet on clothing, stockings, hair, or pets.
15. You can also use them in crafts! They give a great textured look to collaged greeting cards, plus they’ll be scented.
16. If you sew, dryer sheets make for great backings to appliquÃ©s and embroidery. They’re also good for making flexible patterns.
17. Pull a threaded needle through a dryer sheet to keep the static down and the thread from getting tangled.
18. Latex paint comes off the bristles of brushes easier if you soak them in warm water with a dryer sheet in it.
19. A dryer sheet in a vacuum’s dust bag makes everything fresher. Just make sure this won’t be a fire hazard first!
20. Freshen the whole house by tucking a sheet into HVAC vents.
(via Mental Floss, Curbly)
If you’re going to try any of these, remember that dryer sheets contain chemicals that may cause allergic reactions or irritations for some people. Be sure to read all safety labels first, and to be extra safe, consider buying all-natural brands with less harsh ingredients.