Friday, August 13, 2010

Love me some double duty!

I randomly stumbled upon this website and learned some awesome uses for..wait for it...dryer sheets!

Dryer sheets seem to be something I always forget about. I love their pungent yet subtle smell but never think of them when the kitchen smells like our garbage can threw up or when Hayden's room smells like a giant poopy diaper. Hopefully, thanks to this article, I will think to use them more often because the variation of uses really seems endless.

I thought I knew a thing or two about the alternative uses for dryer sheets: stuffing them under the car seats after an unfortunate spilled milk incident; tucking them into suitcases, gym shoes, musty closets; at the bottom of a trash can or pretty much anywhere funky odors were lurking. I had no idea that by the standards of many I was a complete amateur. I had been woefully underestimating the capabilities of the humble dryer sheet.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Pots & Pans 

(I did this and it worked awesomely!)
My advanced education in regard to the fragrant, anti-static sheets began when a friend suggested using dryer sheets to easily clean stainless steel pans. So recently, after fixing scrambled eggs, I soaked the frying pan with a dryer sheet for about an hour. To be honest, it didn't look like anything was happening and I was beginning to doubt my source.

At this point, some of you may be wondering why my pan is such a hard-to-clean mess after making scrambled eggs, and to you I can only respond: you are obviously a better cook than I will ever be. As a result , however, you will not fully comprehend the joy I felt when the pan easily scrubbed clean.

Turns out, if I had left the pan soaking for several more hours it would have been even easier.. Evidently, the softening agents and the anti-static properties present in the dryer sheets team up to reduce the bond between the food and the frying pan.

Dusting Computer Monitors, TV Screens and More

I was hooked. The anti static properties that provide the sheets with a slight positive electric charge, also means they work wonders on cleaning computer monitors, TV screens and venetian blinds because they don't allow the dust to resettle.

Scrubbing Bugs Off the Car

Wet the area and grab a dryer sheet.

Removing Soap Scum

Need soap scum removed from a shower door? A little elbow grease, a wet surface and a dryer sheet work like magic.

and Removing Pet Hair
Dryer sheets can also be used for swiping away cat hair from surfaces or picking up dust bunnies, animal hair and human hair off of wood floors. Like a Swiffer, only cheaper.

Getting the Stinky Gunk Off

Try using the sheets to remove the sticky residue from price tags on new dishware. Similarly, they are also reported to assist in taking old wax off a surfboard. Cowabunga!

 Getting Rid of Pests -- Both Indoors and Outdoors
The sheets do have their detractors, however, ants, bees and mice do not like them at all. After layering several sheets in my pantry cupboards, the ant party was over.

In fact, dryer sheets can also be used as bug repellent in the great outdoors. Rub the sheets over your clothes, or tuck them into pockets, the tops of socks, or through belt loops. The spring fresh scent will repel the no-see-ums and you don't have to shell out extra for bug spray. After they've been used, toss them into the trunk, or anywhere that could use some freshening up.

For advanced frugalistas, cut the sheets in half and get two-times the value. Regularly priced under $5, the versatility of dryer sheets makes it a bargain in a box.

See full article from WalletPop:

I already put a handful of them in Hayden's room near her diaper genie and suddenly it doesn't always smell like she has pooped her pants. VoilĂ !

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