Polish Up Chrome Pieces
Bathroom fixtures in need of a quick shine before guests arrive? A used dryer sheet works wonders on faucets, shower heads, and other plumbing fixtures. Just moisten slightly with water, and rub the sheet over any chrome parts to remove cloudy soap build-up and calcium deposits and make these pieces sparkle.
Care for Your Clothes Iron
As if ironing isn’t enough of a hassle in and of itself, there might come a time when you notice that your iron’s soleplate is full of gunk. To get rid of it, place a dryer sheet on your ironing board, set the iron to low, and run the iron over the sheet until the tacky buildup is gone. Once clean, your iron should now glide smoothly over your garments.
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Stop Static Cling
Don't get swept up in static cling. A swipe of dryer sheet under a skirt that bunches or over your clothes before you dig through a package stuffed with Styrofoam packing peanuts can save you from suffering the effects of static—and from a pile of pesky peanuts hugging your clothes well after you're done unpacking.
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De-Gunk Oven Racks
Baked-on grease and grime is the bane of cooks everywhere. Oven cleaners can be smelly and messy, and self-cleaning ovens warm up the entire house in the process. To clean your oven racks easily, rinse them off, then soak them overnight in a tub of warm water with a little dishwashing liquid and a handful of dryer sheets. When you pull them out the next day, any remaining residue should wipe off easily.
Leave Sand at the Beach
After a day at—or even a walk on—the beach, no matter how much you rinse, you always manage to track some sand home with you. Next time, try wiping (not too hard) the stuck grains off with a dryer sheet instead. Your carpets will thank you for it.
If you plan to be outdoors—whether gardening, hiking, or just picnicking in the park—consider slipping a dryer sheet in your back pocket. Research has shown that a couple of chemical compounds commonly found in the sheets (linalool and beta-citronellol) will deter the gnats and mosquitoes from hanging around, making this the next best thing to spray-on bug repellent.
Wash Out Paintbrushes
The worst part of painting your walls is cleaning up, especially the brushes. To make it easier, fill a sink or basin with warm water, place the gunked-up brushes in the water, and add a dryer sheet. Soak for a few hours while you admire the fruits of your labor. The remaining paint should come off in a snap.
Dust Just About Anything
Swiffers are great, but frequent refills can be costly. To save money, try a used dryer sheet. It does double duty by attracting dust like a magnet and imparting a subtle, fresh scent now that the sheet had been activated in the heat of the dryer. No need to limit it to floors; it also works on bookshelves, blinds, and baseboards.
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