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Interesting Uses for Fabric Softener Sheets

Updated on June 15, 2018

Uses for fabric softner sheets

There are many uses for softener sheets other than the normal softening of clothes, adding that wonderful, fresh washed scent to your laundry and taming that annoying static electricity. Read on, you may be surprised at how versatile a regular old fabric softener sheet can be.

  • Used dryer sheetsmake a wonderfully effective dusting cloth. They are very efficient at dusting off many household surfaces including: furniture, nick knacks, walls, blinds, vases, picture frames, baseboard and molding.
  • Mosquitoes apparently don't like the scent of the fabric softener sheets so to keep them away keep a sheet or two next to you. You can tie one to a belt loop if you are out walking or moving about. Or if you are sitting and enjoying the greater outdoors you can simply place a couple of sheet nearby to discourage them.
  • Rubbing a fabric softener sheet over your skin before you go outdoors not only discourages mosquitoes from landing and biting but they will help keep bees and other flying insects from lighting on you and stinging or biting you.
  • To help with cat liter box odor, place one or two fabric softener sheets in the litter box. You will be amazed at the difference.
  • To discourage ants from marching in by your windowsill, lay strips of dryer sheets along the bottom edge of your windows.
  • To keep the clothing items in your closet and drawers smelling fresh and clean place a dryer sheet or two in a convenient little spot.
  • They will also help keep that dirty clothes smell from invading your hamper.
  • Place a fabric sheet inside an old musty book and you'll be amazed at how fast that musty smell disappears.
  • To rid the screen of your computer or television set of static electricity simply lightly wipe them with a fabric softening sheet. It will also keep the dust from settling back on the screens as quickly.
  • After you finish your shower, wet a used drier sheet and scrub your shower area to help remove the mineral deposits and soap build up. If you do it right after your shower you have the added advantage of having the heat from your shower soften up the deposits and build up.
  • For burnt on food stuck to cooking pans place a dryer sheet and water inside, soak overnight, and wash the nest morning. The burnt on food will slide off just like magic.
  • For those paintbrushes with dried on paint that you thought you would never use again,, soak them overnight in warm water and a fabric softener sheet and you won't believe the results.
  • For that hot sweaty doggie odor, rub a fabric softener over your dog's fur to keep the odor from invading your house. Make sure you do this before you pet walks in the door.
  • To get rid of that stinky foot smell that shoes get every now and then, place a dryer sheet in each shoe overnight.
  • To help get rid of that musty old book smell, place a softener sheet inside the book pages.
  • Run your needle and thread through a dryer sheet to help keep your thread from tanagling.
  • The next time you vacuum place a dryer sheet in your vacuum cleaner while vacuuming. The fresh clean scent will fill the room.
  • Placing a fabric softener sheet in your air vents. Every time your heat or air conditioning turns on the fresh smell will fill the house.
  • For pet lovers whose animals like to make themselves at home on their furniture, softener sheets at great at picking up pet hair.
  • There's also help for dog lovers who sometimes notice that doggy smell lingering in the air. Rub a fabric sheet over your dog's hair and on your furniture.
  • To keep your bedroom smelling fresh and clean keep a dryer sheet in your pillowcase and under your mattress.
  • To keep your car smelling clean, tuck a sheet in the glove compartment, under the floor mats and under the seats.
  • For all the crafters out there there are many great uses for a fabric softener sheet. They are perfect to add interesting texture to handmade cards.
  • Scrapbookers can use them for the same thing - interesting textures to add a unique twist to their scrapbooks and photo albums.
  • They can also be used to reinforce applique and quilting work. Not only will it help you save money but it will add a fresh scent to your project.
  • Tuck a dryer sheet inside your toilet paper roll to add a fresh scent to your bathroom.
  • Keep your unused luggage, sleeping bags, boxes in storage smelling fresh with a sheet placed inside. Any item when unused for a period of time will pick up the smell of a basement, shed or attic.

liquid fabric softener
liquid fabric softener | Source

Liquid Fabric Softener Has It's Own Uses Too

  • Removing wall paper is one of the most popular alternative uses for liquid fabric softener. Just stir in one cap-full of fabric softener into one quart of water, spread it on the wall paper, let it soak in and work it's magic. In 20 minutes scrape the wall paper off of the wall
  • Fabric softener is terrific at removing hairspray residue. Use 2 parts fabric softener with 1 part water. Blend it together put in in a spray bottle, spray the area and clean with a clean cloth.
  • One of my favorite uses is to make my own dryer sheets. I can never remember to add fabric softener to the rinse cycle. All you have to do is moisten a washcloth, dab some liquid fabric softener on it and throw it in the dryer.
  • It also makes a terrific air freshener. Fill a spray bottle half way with softener and half with water. It smells wonderful when sprayed throughout the house.
  • It can be used as a hair softener. Prepare a spray bottle the say way for this as for air freshener. I makes your hair smell so fresh and clean.

Making Your Own Liquid Fabric Softener

For those of you out there who like to make your own products at home I have decided to include a couple3 of sights that have awesome recipes to make your own.

One More Thing...

Since I am a crafting person through and through I just can't leave without sharing these two YouTube videos. They both have some wonderful little crafting ideas for those dryer sheets that you have been using.

Take a minute or two to view the videos. The have some great little ideas. Don't throw away those dryer sheets use them to make flowers, use them to make butterfly stamps. or... You get the idea.

It's not about what it is, it's what it can become.

— Dr. Seuss
Not everything that has been used is trash.
Not everything that has been used is trash. | Source


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Amanda, That's a great idea. Even though they've been used they still have such a lovely aroma left.

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      6 years ago

      Great tips! I think you covered just about everything. I take my used sheets and put them in the linen closet to avoid the "closet" smell.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Rhonda, I love the fresh smell of some of the different brands of fabric softener sheets. I keep on inside my pillow case.

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      Rhonda Musch 

      7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      I did not know there were so many uses for dryer sheets. I will have to by a bigger box, from now on. Thanks wonderful ideas. Voted up

      Sweet Wishes Rhonda


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