Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

Package of plant-based dryer sheets

June 2021

Chances are you put a dryer sheet in with every load of laundry you dry, but did you know there are lots of other ways you can use them around your apartment? They’re designed to reduce static electricity and smell great. Here are ten ways to put those qualities to use.

Clean electronic screens

Get the dust off your television or computer screen by wiping it with a dryer sheet. The silicone in dryer sheets will neutralize any static cling and wipe away the dust.

Calm your cat during a thunderstorm

Rubbing your cat’s fur with an unscented, plant-based dryer sheet will help calm her during electrical storms by reducing static electricity that can cause her hair to stand on end. Since cat’s lick their fur, it’s important to use a plant-based product.

Lift cat hair off clothes and furniture

The same properties that allow dryer sheets to reduce static in the dryer will remove pet hair from clothes and furniture. Just rub the sheet over the fabric to loosen the hair.

Freshen up your shoes

Shoes can get a little smelly over time, especially athletic shoes that you wear for sports or workouts. Cut a scented dryer sheet in half and place each half in a shoe overnight. They’ll absorb moisture and odors.

Sewing by hand

If you sew by hand and get frustrated by your thread getting tangled, run your thread through a folded dryer sheet before you start. The silicone coating will keep it from tangling and make it easier to pull through fabrics.

Freshen luggage or gym bags

After your next trip out of town or to the gym, drop a dryer sheet in your bags to help keep them smelling fresh.

Bathroom freshener

Slide a dryer sheet inside a toilet tissue roll. Every time you use it, the rolling motion will release a little freshness into your bathroom.

Chrome cleaner

Remove water spots and dust from chrome faucets and bathroom or kitchen fixtures by wiping them down with a dryer sheet.

Bug cleaner for your car

When you get bugs on your car windshield or front grill that a carwash can’t remove, pull out a dryer sheet. The fabric is abrasive enough to scrub away the insects but not so harsh as to damage the finish.

Clean your iron

We’re not really sure what that stuff is that can sometimes build up on the bottom of an iron, but dryer sheets are a great way to get rid of it. Just set your iron to low heat and either iron the a dryer sheet or carefully rub it on the bottom of your iron.