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Casa Quickie: Reuse Your Dryer Sheets

Your dryer sheets aren't only good for eliminating static cling and leaving your clothes smelling so fresh and so clean, you can reuse them for other household chores once your laundry is finished. They're great for picking up dust on your furniture and window blinds. You can also use them to remove food stuck on your pots and pans. Just fill the dirty pot or pan with water, toss in a used dryer sheet, and let it soak for about an hour. The sheet will help lift and loosen the gunky stuff. Then, wash the pan as usual. Presto! Pots and pans so fresh and so clean!


i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
oh, interesting. but it doesn't sound too safe lol
mrc011 mrc011 9 years
casa, great cleaning tips this month! i'll be using dryer sheets for dusting for sure!
cnlew cnlew 9 years
I use biodegradable dryer sheets...when they come out of the dryer after a cycle they are balled up like a piece of paper. No way I'd be able to use them for any other purpose.
lizs lizs 9 years
Not only are dryer sheets for the environment and scented with things that may cause hormonal disorders and cancer, most commercial brands are made from beef fat. (That oily, waxy coating you're rolling all over your clothes? Scented beef fat. Sorry to anyone who was eating breakfast.) There are many natural and vegetarian alternatives. Old socks work really well for dusting...just turn one inside out, put it on your hand (puppet-style), and run your hand over shelves, blinds, baseboards, whatever.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
I was going to say what gabiushka said. Dryer sheets are awful for the environment and health - i am seriously very allergic to them and other highly scented stuffs, like regular detergent brands. Nellie Balls really do work and will save money in the long run, plus they are truly reusable.
bluecanary bluecanary 9 years
I don't think those would work on pots and pans Kia, too nubby. ;) kidding! Seriously though, do you use those and do they work well? I mostly use dryer sheets to get rid of static, not really for the softness factor. Everything the kids wear seems to be a poly blend and arcs blue sparks if I don't use a dryer sheet!
kia kia 9 years
What about Nellie Balls??
LaPerla2 LaPerla2 9 years
I might try it on my bookshelves this week.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great ideas but I'd probably never use them on my dishes.
duck-duck-goose duck-duck-goose 9 years
That is such a nifty cleaning trick, but I cannot bear pulling soggy stink-wads of matter from dirty pots -- makes me gag. I'll pass it along, though.
emalove emalove 9 years
Good suggestions!
bluecanary bluecanary 9 years
Huh, I usually only use old dryer sheets when I want to see my life flash before my eyes. (I'm always dropping them on the tile floor in the laundry room and slipping on them!)Nice to know they have another use. ;)
KiDoE KiDoE 9 years
"Pots and pans so fresh and so clean!" :rotfl: No, but seriously, ima start using them like that lol
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Dryer sheets are made with phtalates (or however you spell them)the same substances in liquid fabric softeners. Health harmful phtalates in dryer sheets are worse than in liquid softeners because they never get rinsed out of your clothes and you end up devouring that lovely "vanilla lavender" smell in your sweater.
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