I don’t usually do “tips” kinds of posts, but I came across this article and was immediately intrigued by it. It’s kind of inspired a whole series of:
Update: A reader mentioned taking care with dryer sheets that
contain chemicals, which I had intended to mention. Fortunately there
are options that are non-toxic, like Seventh Generation and Sun & Earth.
Next time you take your clothes out of the dryer, be sure to save that used dryer sheet. I keep them in a box on top of my dryer. Dryer sheets can be used in more than one drying cycle, or you can save the used ones after one cycle and use them in a variety of ways. You can also use a brand new sheet for each of these jobs, but I like the idea of recycling them when possible.
1. Pot “Scrubber.” Got a nasty, baked on mess on your baking dishes? Save that manicure (because all us mommies have beautifully manicured nails, right?), throw a fabric softener sheet into the pot with
warm soapy water and leave it overnight. The mess will be gone (almost) in
the morning, and all it will take is a quick swipe and a rinse. Awesome. Also works for cook tops and cabinets.
2. No More Bugs. Rub a dryer sheet on your skin, or tuck one in your picnic basket or under your lawn chair to repel bees and other insects from feasting on your flesh.
3. Pet Hair Remover. Love my cat, hate the cat hair mess on my pants, couch, blankets, rug, sweater, whatever. But somehow I manage to lose my sticky roller brush thingy all. the. time. Now all I do is grab one of those lovely little dryer sheets and swipe the cat hair right off. Dryer sheets are great for wiping up human hair from the bathroom floor as well (ew).
4. Scrub the shower. I hate cleaning. What I hate even more than cleaning, is cleaning the shower. Dryer sheets will remove hard water stains and build up making the job a lot easier.
5. Instant air freshener. Stick one in your drawers for that “freshly laundered” scent, toss one in a gym
bag, in the kitchen garbage or even your sneakers to reduce odors.Or in your kids’ room. (Especially the kids room).
6. Clean the inside of your dryer or washing machine. I do this one after every few loads. Wipe down the inside and outside of the machines and in the little nooks and crannies in the doors. The texture will help to scrub off any spilled detergent. Don’t forget the dryer’s lint trap and vent – dryer sheets are excellent for cleaning these forgotten elements as well.
7. Reduce diaper odor. Keep a few in your diaper bag and roll one up with a diaper if you’re not able to dispose of it right away. Or place one in your Diaper Genie or nursery room trash can to help reduce odors.
8. Clean paint brushes. Similar to baked-on gunk, soak used paint brushes with a dryer sheet in a bucket of warm water to help clean off latex paint.
9. Dusting. Kind of along the same lines as picking up pet hair (and human hair – ew) wipe down your dusty cabinets, tables, even your car interior with a dryer sheet to keep dust off surfaces.
10. Toilet Paper. Roll up a dryer sheet in your toilet paper roll and release a fresh scent with every spin!
(That last one just made me laugh so I had to share it).
So what do you think? Good idea for a series? My goal is to come up with a list of 10 creative uses for one commonly
used household item each week. Might be more than 10, might be less, but the goal
Do you have some creative uses for common stuff to share with the class? Leave me some suggestions in the comments…I’m looking for other “common stuff” to highlight…maybe I’ll highlight yours! Wanna guest post for Creative Uses for Common Stuff? Send me a message; I’d love to have guest posters in this series as well.