Saturday, February 21, 2009

Dryer Sheet tales

Dryer sheets...I have no idea if this works or not, but pollen is really high today and this is all I could find to post right now. Maybe make a dust mask out of one for today, except I'm not wild about the scent in dryer sheets.

Letter Carriers put a sheet in their uniform pockets to keep yellow jackets away, and they will also chase ants away when you lay a sheet near ants.

They also repel mice.

Spread dryer sheets around foundation areas or in trailers, cars that are sitting and they keep mice from entering the vehicle.

Dryer sheets take the odors out of books and photo albums that don't get opened often.
*I wonder if they are acid free?*

They repel mosquitoes Tie a sheet through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.

They eliminate static electricity from the television or computer screens. This makes sense since they are designed to help eliminate static cling, so just wipe the television screen with a used sheet to keep dust from resettling.

Dissolve soap scum from shower doors by cleaning with a sheet of Bounce.

Freshen the air in your home by placing an individual sheet in a drawer or hanging it in the closet.

Put a sheet in the vacuum cleaner.

Prevent thread from tangling by running a threaded needle through a dryer sheet before starting to sew.

Prevent musty suitcases by placing dryer sheet inside empty luggage before storing.

Car air freshener by placing a sheet under the seat.

Clean baked on foods from a cooking pan by putting a dryer sheet in pan, fill with water and let sit overnight, then sponge clean. The antistatic agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and pan. *I'm thinking just soaking in water would loosen baked on foods. Always has for me*

Eliminate odors in wastebaskets by placing dryer sheet at the bottom of the wastebasket.

Collect cat hair by rubbing the cat with a dryer sheet to magnetically attract all the loose hairs. Might try that on doggies too.

Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds by wiping the blinds with a dryer sheet to prevent dust from resettling.

Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

Eliminate odors in dirty laundry.

Deodorize shoes or sneakers by placing dryer sheet in shoes overnight.

Golfers put a dryer sheet in their back pocket to keep bees away.

Put a dryer sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them.


  1. Doesn't work in the shoes. Perhaps making socks of the drier sheets would work, but once you take the shoes out, the orders remain, only now they smell like perfumed dirty feet.

    And wearing a sheet as an insect repellant doesn't work. Perhaps if one sewed them all together and wrapped him or herself in it, it would work. I tried tying one to me. I still came home with plenty of mosquito bites -- and I left behind a park full of people who kept trying to remove my drier sheet and had the impression I am not very tidy with my laundry.

    As to freshening dirty laundry with a drier sheet,that works -- especially if one washes the laundry than uses the drier sheet when tossing the clothes in the drier!


  2. ROFL at Quilly!

    So apparently YOU are not the only one who doesn't like the smell of them - ants, bees, mosquitos, (not according to Quilly) and mice... which family do YOU come from? LOL!

    I just know in the winter I used to rub the girls heads with a dryer sheet to keep their hair static to a minimum. Seemed like even conditioner didn't help enough in winter! But I've also used static guard for that purpose! *Ew!*

  3. Wow, I didn't know those little sheets had som many uses - before and after the dryer! Thanks for the info!

    Best wishes,


  4. These are great ideas. I know they work on t.v. and computer screens to keep them from attracting dust. I have used them before. I enjoyed this. I used to put them in my jeans pocket last summer to keep the mosquitoes away at night. The smell doesn't bother me.