The Most Important Place To Use Dryer Sheets That You're Probably Missing

When you think about dryer sheets, what comes to mind? For some, it's that heavenly fresh linen scent that is just so heady. To some people, nothing smells better than freshly laundered clothes. But did you know there are so many different uses for your dryer sheets? You can put that fresh scent to use in more ways than just the inside of your dryer. There are tons of uses for dryer sheets straight out of the pack, but also, and maybe even better, plenty of uses for used dryer sheets.

Fabulessly Frugal claims that dryer sheets can be used for cleaning, freshening things like shoes and drawers, and shining up anything mirrored, metal, or chrome. Dryer sheets are so cheap and can be used across a multitude of avenues you could end up saving a lot of money by using them in place of more expensive items usually used for certain cleaning jobs. But which one is the best and most important tip?

Dusting with dryer sheets

Using dryer sheets to dust with is a game-changer. They're damp (because they contain lubricants and liquid softener), so they pick up the dust well, they help to shine up your surfaces, and best of all, dryer sheets are made to counteract static, and so the residue left behind helps to repel more dust from settling, claims Home X.

It's not just general dusting where they perform well either, they work especially well on electronics such as TVs and laptops as these are a magnet for dust. Another great place they work brilliantly in terms of dusting is in your bathroom, as well as any other shiny metallic surfaces around the home. They will shine up the chrome hardware in your bathroom perfectly, and according to Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, rubbing your taps and showerheads with a dryer sheet will get rid of any pesky water spots at the same time.

If you've ever encountered that layer of greasy dust on your extractor hood or on top of your kitchen cupboards, a dryer sheet will work wonders. The softener it's impregnated with will cut through the grease, and the antistatic properties will repel more dust from settling for longer than if you'd just used a damp cloth and some polish or dish soap.

Cleaning pots and pans

Even when a dryer sheet has been through a cycle, it still has plenty of product left in it. It can be used for all sorts of things. One thing used dryer sheets are especially good for is removing baked-on food.

If you have any pans that have really taken a hammering and you just can't seem to get the burnt-on food off the inside, the idea of scrubbing at it and possibly damaging the pan itself or any Teflon coating it may have probably doesn't sound appealing. Not to mention the effort and elbow grease it requires. A much simpler alternative suggested by Today is to fill any pots and pans that need a good scrub with warm water and a used dryer sheet and let it sit overnight, in the morning, the dirt should just wipe away easily with a sponge. It even works for blackened pan bottoms. Soak the dryer sheet in warm water and turn the pan upside down. Place the dryer sheet over the base of the pan and leave overnight. In the morning, it should wipe clean.