The Last Thing You Should Do with a Dryer Sheet Before You Toss It

published Oct 5, 2021
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There are endless opportunities for using dryer sheets around the house beyond softening laundry. Let us count the ways! You can use a sheet to clean a burnt pan, repel pesky ants, or use it as a simple, efficient duster. Plus, they work wonders to freshen up a smelly kitchen trash can because they absorb odor and moisture, and they’re a secret cleaning solution to tackling a dirty, greasy baking sheet. And, if you can believe it, we have one more idea. One you might not have heard of just yet. Ready to find out what it is?

Note: We know that some of you may be questioning the use of dryer sheets. Known to release questionable chemicals into the air as they are heated, dryer sheets have been getting the cold shoulder. If you’ve found an alternate method for handling your laundry, you may have a box of leftover sheets. This tip works with used and unused sheets.

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Sharpen Your Scissors with a Dryer Sheet

Take a used or unused dryer sheet and use it to sharpen a pair of dull scissors! You know that pair of scissors you keep in the kitchen even though they can barely cut through a package of frozen veggies? Surprisingly, a dryer sheet can sharpen them up in no time! Well, in just a quick minute.

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It’s easy: Simply cut a dryer sheet several times with your scissors. While you’re snipping away, the sheet will help sharpen the blades. You can also use the dryer sheet to clean the blades from any lingering grease and grime. (Wash the scissors with soap and water afterwards.) Do this monthly, and presto! Your scissors will always be a cut above.

What other uses do you have for dryer sheets? Tell us in the comments below.