Perhaps you've seen a list of uses for dryer sheets floating around the internet. Who knows where that list came from. What we do know is that not all of the alternative uses can be verified as true. For example, we have no confidence that Bounce or any other brand of dryer sheet will repel mosquitoes. But can they repel spiders and flies and other things? Read on.
PESTS. Readers have confirmed that dryer sheets will repel both spiders and flies. Keep a few extra sheets in clothes hampers and around the laundry area, and you can kiss all those spiders goodbye.
BURNT PAN. Fill that icky casserole pan with warm water and lay a dryer sheet flat on top to soak overnight. In the morning, the caked-on gunk will have floated off or will be loose enough to scrape off easily with a spatula.
TISSUE ROLL. Roll up a dryer sheet and stuff it inside the paper roll. Each time you spin it releases a little freshness into your bathroom.
BLINDS. Wipe down your blinds with a dryer sheet to prevent static electricity and keep dust from collecting.
LUGGAGE. Slip a dryer sheet into your suitcases while they are in storage, and they won't smell musty when you take them out to use.
RODENTS. Place dryer sheets in drawers and near entrances and exits in your camper when it is not being used. They will keep rodents from coming inside.
VACUUM. Place a used dryer sheet in the bag of your vacuum. Sweep your house, and once you're done the air will smell as fresh as your clothes.
SCISSORS. If your scissors or kitchen shears are not cutting as smoothly as you would like, it's no problem. Cut through several layers of a dryer sheet a few times and they'll cut easily again.
ROAD TAR. Get the car wet, then use a dryer sheet to wipe away all the bugs and road tar. It's easier and faster than most expensive bug and tar removers.
SHOES. Pop a sheet into each of your less-than-fresh-smelling sneakers, sandals or boots, then place them in a plastic bag. Tie it closed. In the morning your shoes will smell so much better.
FAUCETS. Used dryer sheets make great cloths for quick shine-ups in the bathroom and kitchen. Just use one on each of your chrome faucets, and enjoy the sparkle.
GYM BAG. A sheet at the bottom of a gym bag will mask the odor until you can throw your gym clothes in the laundry.
SOLEPLATE. Remove gunk from the bottom of an iron. With the setting on low, rub the iron over the dryer sheet until the residue disappears, and you're left with a pristine soleplate.
STATIC CLING. Stop static cling on clothes, or tame your flyaway hairs, by rubbing a sheet over the problem area.
Question: Do you have other alternative ways to use dryer sheets? Please share!
Mary invites questions, comments and tips at [email protected], or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com, a personal finance member website and the author of "Debt-Proof Living," released in 2014. To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.