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20 Uses for Dryer Sheets (That Aren’t Laundry)

Don't toss those sheets just because they've been through the dryer-the fresh little squares can be used all over the house. From eliminating dust to fighting static, learn our favorite uses for dryer sheets.

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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 20 of our favorite uses for dryer sheets. (Here are 10 places in your house you’re probably forgetting to clean.)

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Young Smiling Woman Wiping Television Of Living Room At Home; Shutterstock ID 555958666; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): Taste of HomeShutterstock/Andrey_Popov

Dust Your TV Screen

The sheets’ anti-static properties will help prevent dust from settling on the screen.

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Easily Clean Window Blinds

As with TVs, the sheets will repel dust and make blinds easier to clean over time.

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Blonde haired girl with static electricity watching TV in morning sunlight; Shutterstock ID 1043650873; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): Taste of HomeShutterstock/ Kristen Prahl

Tame Static Hair

Did winter get your hair frizzy or static-y? Rub a dryer sheet between your brush’s bristles to smooth things over.

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Make Dresses and Skirts More Comfortable

Get rid of static cling by rubbing your tights, skirts or dresses with a damp, used dryer cloth.

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Clean Up Hairs

Dryer sheets are great grabbers. Rub one along the floor to pick up pet hairs or clippings from at-home haircuts.

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Freshen Up Your Shoes

Stick a dryer sheet in your flats or sneakers overnight to get rid of funky odors.

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Scrub Away Soap Scum

Rub a sheet on glass shower doors to clean caked-on grime.

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gloved hand scrubbing a dirty metal surface; Shutterstock ID 31317472; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): Taste of HomeShutterstock/zimmytws

Easily Scour Pans

If food gets burned on a pan, let it soak overnight with water and a fresh dryer sheet.

Here’s the easiest way to restore a cast-iron skillet. 

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Give Chrome a Polish

From bathrooms to vehicles, dryer sheets can help restore chrome’s trademark shine.

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Corn starch spilling from a measuring spoon; Shutterstock ID 547908454; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): Taste of HomeShutterstock/ Michelle Lee Photography

Clean Up Pantry Spills

Flour, pancake mix, and other powdery ingredients will stick to dryer sheets, unlike paper towels.

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electric fan in the room; Shutterstock ID 336276917; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): Taste of HomeShutterstock/ben bryant

Freshen the Air Fast

Place sheets in vents or behind fans to fill your home with a fresh, clean scent.

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Woman packing her bag with child stuff on couch; Shutterstock ID 520971703; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): Taste of HomeShutterstock/Africa Studio

Cover Up Diaper Smells

Tuck a sheet into your diaper bag or bathroom garbage can to cover odors.

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De-Musk Old Books

Scored some great reads at a garage sale, but they’re a little musty? Put old books in a bag with some dryer sheets—after a few days, they’ll smell as good as new.

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Baby boy drawing with wax crayon on plasterboard wall. He is with his back towards; Shutterstock ID 441125365Shutterstock/Juan Aunion

Remove Crayon Marks

Lightly rub walls or furniture with a sheet and watch the crayon disappear. Magic! Parents, here’s our guide to cleaning another common mess.

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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.

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Sharpen Scissors

Run a used dryer sheet along the blades to restore their snipping power.

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Repel Insects

Mosquitoes don’t like the smell of dryer sheets, so slip one into your belt loop to ward off the pesky insects.

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Mountain Camping Equipment with a Tent,Boots, Backpack, Trekking Poles and Sleeping Pad; Shutterstock ID 215842618; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): Taste of HomeShutterstock / catalina.m

Keep Camping Gear Fresh

Toss dryer sheets into your tent and sleeping bags to stave off a mildewy smell. (Love camping? Us, too. Check out our favorite camping recipes.)

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Banish Post-Beach Sand

Wipe yourself and your kids with a dryer sheet to rid skin of dry sand before getting in the car.

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Keep Cars Smelling Fresh

Put a few sheets underneath the seat to freshen up your car without hanging something from your rear-view mirror.

Rory Cooper
Rory was raised in rural New Hampshire before spending a few years in the hustle and bustle of Chicago. Now back in New England, he's stocking up on fishing tackle, amassing an ever-growing collection of crochet hooks and fantasizing about one day living in a cabin.

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