Five Uses For Dryer Sheets Beyond Your Dryer

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I have been a long time subscriber to Real Simple magazine and my favorite part each month is where they find different uses for common household items. If you can get an affordable product and use it to accomplish a whole bunch of tasks that seems like a win-win to me.

Did you know that dryer sheets have uses FAR beyond sticking them in the dryer. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use them:

    1. Reduce static OUTSIDE the dryer:  We have all been there and forgotten to add the dryer sheet to the dryer (which is why I love the Bounce dryer bar). We put on our favorite dress and it totally sticks to our thighs on the way on (and not because we ate too many cupcakes). Rub it with a dryer sheet and it will reduce the static immediately.
    2. Reduce static on your hair: I hate it when my hair is static-y. Even worse my kid’s hair ALWAYS seems to be static-y. Hand them a dryer sheet and let them rub it all over their head. They will think it is hilarious but it really does work and is super quick on the way out the door.
    3. Keep you diaper pail smelling like a rose: Yes I know the pricey diaper pail is supposed to stay stink free on its own. But we all know that isn’t always the case. Stick a dryer sheet in the bottom of the diaper pail and keep the odors away.
    4. De-Gunk your iron: Have you ever gone to iron something (on the rare occasion that you actually iron) and some gunk that is stuck on your iron ends up stuck on your clothes? I have and it pretty much ruins whatever you are ironing. Set the iron on low and rub it over a dryer sheet until the gunk is gone.
    5. Keep your car smelling fresh: Sometimes my car just smells like feet. Sometimes it smells like rotting food. Sometimes there actually IS rotting food. But if I stick a dryer sheet in my car it keeps the odors to a minimum. As long as I throw out that food. Yes, I could get a lovely car freshener that hangs from my mirror and makes my car smell like way too strong pine trees. But this option saves my nose from gagging.

How do you use dryer sheets other than the dryer?


  1. I put them in the bottom of my garbage cans and under the fitted sheets on our bed. Keeps your sheets smelling like they just came out of the dryer.

  2. I don’t use dryer sheets anymore usually, but when I did I read somewhere that used ones take the soap scum right off your bathtub. It’s totally true!
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  3. I’ve got one you’ve *probably* never heard… when my then 10mo was in a hip spika cast, she got rotovirus. Um, ICK. And the nurses recommended that we do this: http://www.parentingmiracles.net/2010/11/if-you-missed-beginning-of-this-story/
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  4. We don’t use dryer sheets in the dryer anymore, but we love to use them to repel mosquitoes when we are outside. Just sick one in your pocket!
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  5. Ok, I’m finding the comments very helpful! We don’t use them in the dryer either, but my trash stinks, we have soap scum issues, and I despise mosquitos. Hmmm, may have to try those ideas out!
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  6. I don’t use dryer sheets either! I’ve been meaning to get some though for sticking in my suitcase because I travel a lot and I heard that it’s a great way to keep your clothes smelling fresh and not like your suitcase.

  7. I usually use the Bounce dryer bar, but since we have been renting, it’s dryer sheets galore. My favorite use is playing hide and seek with them, as in where will I find them jammed into throughout the week…inside a pant leg, stuck to a towel, or in the corner of a fitted sheet. Great fun…:)

  8. I don’t use dryer sheets, but these suggestions (yours and the ones in the comments) are awesome!
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  9. I’ve heard that it’s great mosquito repellent to have one in your pocket and rubbed all over your skin and clothes. Have yet to try it but it’s om my list!

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