January 29, 2011

New Uses for Dryer Sheets

William Abranowicz

You know how sometimes you have an abundance of something, you don't want to throw it away, but then again you really want to get rid of it? Well Real Simple has a section on their website that shares new uses for things. If you browse through the list, it's amazing what new uses people come up with for ordinary products. Today, I'll be sharing with you new uses for Dryer Sheets!

Iron Cleaner. Dirty iron? Remove gunk from the soleplate of an iron. With the setting on low, rub the iron over the dryer sheet until the residue disappears, and you're left with a pristine press.

Shoe Freshener. Stinky feet? Roll up one sheet per slipper, sneaker, or loafer, insert, and forget about stinky shoes. (Bonus uses: Toss them in hampers, on closet shelves, in diaper bags.)

Static Stopper. Feeling some friction? Stop static on clothes--or tame flyaway hair--by rubbing a sheet over the problem area.

Sawdust Clearer. Working with wood? An easy way to keep the work area clean. Saw dust at a work station sweeps up so fast with one pass of a used fabric softener sheet.

Thread Detangler. Sewing? To prevent tangles, run a threaded needle through a sheet before you begin stitching.

Scum Buster. Got glass shower doors? Remove obstinate soap buildup from glass shower doors by sprinkling a few drops of water onto a used fabric-softener sheet and start scrubbing.

Drawer Sachet. Want fresh smelling clothes? If fabric-softener sheets make your clothes smell nice in the dryer, just think about what they could do in your dresser. Slip a few fresh ones between folded clothes.

Book Deodorizer. Got old stinky books? Prevent your beloved volumes from acquiring a musty smell by inserting a fabric-softener sheet between pages.

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