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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?