22 Uses for Dryer Sheets (That Aren’t Laundry)
Don't toss dryer sheets after one load of laundry—hold onto them instead. From eliminating dust to fighting static, here are our favorite uses for dryer sheets.
Along with making clothes soft and sniffably fresh, dryer sheets can be used in dozens of ways around the house. Their clean scent covers up plenty of odors, and they’re abrasive enough to clean, but won’t damage most surfaces. Here are the most unexpected uses for dryer sheets.
FYI: This is how dryer sheets actually work.
Dust Your TV Screen
The sheets have anti-static properties that will help prevent dust from settling on the screen.
Clean Window Blinds
Just like with the TV, dryer sheets will repel dust and make blinds easier to clean over time. See our best cleaning tricks for hard-to-clean household objects.
Clean Up Pet Hair
Dryer sheets are great grabbers. Rub one along the floor or couch to pick up pet hair—or clippings from at-home haircuts.
Freshen Up Your Shoes
Stick a dryer sheet in your flats or sneakers overnight to get rid of funky odors.
Easily Scour Pans
If food gets burned on a pan, let it soak overnight with water and a fresh dryer sheet. Check out this dryer sheet hack in action!
Give Chrome a Polish
From bathrooms to vehicles, dryer sheets can help restore chrome’s trademark shine.
Freshen the Air Fast
Place sheets in vents or behind fans to fill your home with a fresh, clean scent.
Cover Up Diaper Smells
Tuck a fresh sheet into your diaper bag or bathroom garbage can help take the edge off odors.
Remove Crayon Marks
Lightly rub walls with a sheet and watch the crayon disappear. Magic! Parents, here’s how to remove crayon from furniture and more.
Get Paint Off Brushes
Put a dryer sheet in warm water along with the brush—within a few minutes of soaking, the paint should wash right off.
Mosquitoes don’t like the smell of dryer sheets, so slip one into your belt loop to ward off the pesky insects.
Keep Camping Gear Fresh
Toss dryer sheets into your tent and sleeping bags to stave off a mildewy smell.
Keep Cars Smelling Fresh
Put a few sheets underneath the seat to freshen up your car without hanging something from your rear-view mirror.
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Clean the Toilet
Dryer sheets are great to for cleaning the toilet—especially that crevice at the back that traps all kinds of hair and dust.