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 dryer sheets in half to save money, or to use them multiple times. Maybe it’s just us, but that doesn’t work well. Our clothes don’t get the full benefit of a new, full, dryer sheet and they aren’t as soft or anti-cling. I have been thinking, and keeping a running list, of 5 uses for used dryer sheets. If I don’t want to use them in the dryer again, there must be other things they can be used for.
- I use these for 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 dryer, then toss it.
- I use it to pat my hair or clothes that have static cling. Sometimes a sheet makes it upstairs to my bedroom, if I forget to pull it out. I have an old shoe box in the closet I toss these into, and I keep 5-6 in there so I can just grab one as needed.
- I also keep a box by the front door so the kids can rub one on the dog when she comes in after it’s been raining. It never fails that we get her groomed, then it rains. She smells yucky, so they run a used sheet over her wet fur, and it magically removes the wet dog smell. I was skeptical before trying it out, but it worked, and it doesn’t hurt her.
- Supposedly rodents don’t like the smell of these. I keep a few strategically placed around the baseboards. I can’t say for certain that it has scared any off, but I can say that I haven’t seen any, and that is good enough for me 🙂
- Place in or around books to keep them from smelling musty. Our bookshelves are in the basement. It isn’t terribly musty down there, but with the mass collection we have, and my allergies, I don’t want to take any chances. One book on each shelf has a sheet poking out the top of it. So far, we haven’t had any issues with the books getting that old, musty smell in them, and I try to swap out the sheets from time to time (I am OCD, I work in order so I know which one is up next for replacement).
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