You’re Throwing Away the Key to a Cleaner House Every Time You Do Laundry

updated Dec 17, 2019
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Do you use dryer sheets when you do the laundry? Do you throw them out after one use? If the answer to these questions is yes, you’re throwing away the secret to easier (and more eco-friendly) cleaning.

Here are five ways you can up-cycle your dryer sheets.

1. Use your dryer sheet as a duster.

You know how your open shelves always seem to be covered in dust? It’s because you probably don’t dust on a regular basis. But you know what you do do on a regular basis? Laundry. Now, if every time you do laundry you also do a little dusting with your used dryer sheet, you’ll basically never need to do a deep dusting again. Huzzah!

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2. Use your dryer sheet to sharpen dull scissors.

If your scissors have seen sharper days, there’s an easy solution: Fold a dryer sheet in half, then cut with your scissors. Repeat a few times until you’re seeing cleaner cuts.

3. Use your dryer sheet to freshen up your trash can.

Next time you empty the trash, put a used dryer sheet in your garbage can (before the bag). The powdery fresh smell should help mask any stinky odors.

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Got a burnt pot that looks like it’ll need to soak for a couple days? Here’s a smart hack that actually works (we tried it!): Put a few drops of dish soap in your pan, followed by a few inches of scalding hot water and a dryer sheet. Make sure the dryer sheet is totally submerged, then wait an hour. The burnt bits should come right off.

5. Use a few dryer sheets with your Swiffer.

If you don’t have any immediate cleaning tasks that need doing, just stash your dryer sheets until you’ve accumulated a few. Gather enough to cover the head of your Swiffer and Swiff away. It’s shocking how many dust bunnies the sheets will find.

Do you have any smart dryer sheet tips? Share in the comments!