Five Uses for Dryer Sheets, plus one

Dryer sheets, also known as fabric softener sheets are inexpensive, and can be purchased anywhere that sells laundry supplies. Your clothes come out of the dryer smelling wonderful and don’t stick together. But there are dozens of uses for these cheap little squares, here are a few of my favorites.

Caked On Food

If you are having trouble getting baked on food out of a casserole dish, fill it with hot water. Add a fabric softener sheet. Let it soak for a couple of hours and then rinse. Most of the caked on food will slide right out, and the rest will come out with a swipe of the sponge. I’ve also heard that you can use one that you’ve already sent through the dryer.


Food that is burned onto a pot or skillet works the same way. Just fill with warm water and throw in a few dryer sheets. Let it soak for at least a half hour, but a couple of hours works best. The stuff should just wash right out.


If you keep your brushes clean, your hair will stay cleaner longer too. Fill a container with warm water. Add two dryer sheets and stir. Then, add your hairbrushes and combs. Let them soak for a couple of hours. Build up from hairspray and other hair products will come right off. Rinse and allow to dry.

Sticking Clothes

In winter months, the air is especially dry. Keep a dryer sheet folded in your purse (it smells great!) and run the sheet over your hair, skirt or pants – anything that is clinging to your body. If you are wearing stockings or pantyhose, run it along your legs where your clothing is sticking.

Smelly Shoes

Use them in smell shoes. Just place a dryer sheet inside the foul-odored shoes and within a couple of hours, your shoes will smell great. It’s also a good idea when you first take off the shoes to place the sheet in there. The warmth from your feet being in them, helps to activate the dryer sheet.

Make Them Last Longer

You can make dryer sheets last longer by cutting them lengthwise into four pieces and use one strip in each load. You can also reuse a dryer sheet that has already been through a dryer cycle. They will work the same.

Is there anything you use your dryer sheets for? Please share with us!

Nicole Humphrey writes articles for the Scrapbooking Blog and for the Frugal Blog. She also guest blogs on a variety of topics. You can read more of her articles by clicking here.

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