I read a lot of frugal blogs and websites where they offer tips and suggestions on ways to save money. I prefer to save where I can so we can splurge where we need to, so these tips are very useful to my family.
One suggestion I’ve seen time and time again is to cut the tumble dryer sheets in half to save money, or to use them multiple times. Maybe it’s just us, but I think that doesn’t work that well. Our clothes don’t get the full benefit of a new, full, dryer sheet and they aren’t as soft or anti-cling.
That is why, have been thinking, and keeping a running list, of practical uses for recycling used dryer sheets.
If I don’t want to use them in the tumble dryer again, there must be other things they can be used for!
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quick Dusting or cleaning
The easiest thing to do with used tumble dryer sheets is to use them for a quick dusting of certain areas.
They work great brushed over the dryer to collect loose lint, on bookshelves, tables, blinds, baseboards, etc. between deep cleaning. I just do a quick swipe of an area each time I take a load out of the tumble dryer and then bin them.
You can also use them for a quick wipe around the bathroom by wetting the dryer sheets with a disinfectant and quickly wiping the toilet or other surfaces.
Keeping your hair or clothes without static cling
I use it to pat my hair or clothes that have static cling. Sometimes a dryer sheet makes it upstairs to my bedroom if I forget to pull it out. I have an old shoebox in the wardrobe, where I keep them and can just grab one as needed.
Dry a wet dog
My friend also keeps a box by the front door with used tumble dryer sheets, so the kids can use one on the dog when they come in after it’s been raining. It also helps with the musty dog smell.
My friend tells me that she runs a used sheet over the dog’s wet fur, and it magically removes the wet dog smell! She also said that she was sceptical before trying it out, but it worked, and it certainly doesn’t hurt the dog.
Keeping rodents away from your house
Supposedly rodents don’t like the smell of tumble dryer sheets, who knew! Try keeping a few used tumble dryer sheet strategically placed around the skirting boards or under kitchen cupboards to prevent any uninvited guests moving to your house.
Keep your books smelling lovely
Place a few used tumble dryer sheets in or around books to keep them from smelling musty especially if your books are older or being kept in unheated rooms.
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Leah Lucas says
I use used dryer sheets in the bottom of waste baskets and in my clothes drawers. These ideas are great uses as well!