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Here are some ideas and uses for new and used fabric softener sheets to save you time and help make your dollars stretch.

If you’re a frequent flyer, this is for you

To prevent those stale odors in your suitcase place an unused fabric softener sheet into an empty suitcase before storing. Your luggage will smell fresh the next time you use it. You can even place a new one in your packed luggage the next time you travel for freshening up your clothing.

A Helping Hand in the Kitchen, Bathroom & Sewing room

Clean up your casserole dish

Soften more than just fabric. If your food gets burned onto your casserole dish, no need for elbow grease. Instead, fill your dish with hot water and toss in two or three used fabric softener sheets. Soak overnight, remove sheets and clean with ease.  Be sure to rinse well.

Stamp out soap scum

Remove soap build-up from glass shower doors by sprinkling a few drops of water onto a used fabric softener sheet and scrub away residue. Rinse well.

Untangle thread

Sewing can get frustrating when your thread tangles and bunches up. To prevent this problem, run a threaded needle through a new dryer fabric softener sheet before you begin stitching.  You will sew with ease.

Simplify your chores around your workshop

Stop car odors

Has that new-car smell slowly turned into that old musty car stench? Place a new dryer fabric softener sheet under each car seat to neutralize stale odors and cigarette smells.

Add brilliant shine to chrome to hubcaps, automobile fenders or your kitchen toaster. After your chrome is cleaned, it can still look dull and streaky. You can easily buff up the shine with a used dryer sheet.

Sawdust Clearer

Sawdust at your workstation can be messy; it will cling to and wipe sawdust away fast with a used dryer fabric softener sheet.

Clever Uses around the House

Cleaning your Iron

With the setting on low, rub the iron over the new dryer sheet until the residue disappears. Gunk is removed from the soleplate of iron and you are left with a pristine press!

Organize sheets and keep them smelling fresh

Improve your sheet storage by storing the sheet set in one of the matching pillowcases, tuck a new dryer sheet into the pillowcase packet and when you are ready to make your bed, you will have that just-washed fresh fragrance.

As a repellent for electrical appliances

Television and personal computers are electrically charged and actually attract dust.  Since dryer sheets are designed to reduce static cling, they remove dust and keep it from resettling for several days or longer.

Freshen dresser drawers

There’s really no need for scented drawer-liner paper, give your dresser drawers a fresh washed aroma by tucking a new dryer fabric softener sheet at the bottom of drawers, or tape one to the back of each drawer.

At the Gym or your school locker room

Locker room and sneaker aromas  

Sneakers and gym bags usually call for some strong deodorizing. Tuck a few unused dryer sheets to each sneaker and leave overnight to neutralize odors. This also works great for slippers.  Gym bags usually produce all sorts of musty smells, drop a dryer sheet in the bottom of a gym bag and leave it there until you sense it’s time to renew it.

Our Furry Friends

Do Away with Wet-Dog Smell

If your furry friend comes in from the rain and has that, you know, wet-dog aroma, wipe him down with a used fabric softener sheet, and he will smell as fresh as a daisy.

There’s still plenty of life left in your used dryer sheet; you can also tuck one into your pet’s bed to counteract pet odors.

Pet hair pick-up

Pet hair can have a tenacious grip on furniture and fabric. A used dryer sheet will grab that hair right off clothing or furniture with a couple of swipes.

Books And More

Here’s a novel idea If you like to read, you will enjoy it even more if you can keep your book smelling fresh.  All you need to do is insert a new dryer sheet between the pages for an instant book deodorizer!



As you can see, there’s really no need to spend hard-earned money on costly plug-in air fresheners. All you need is a few fabric softener dryer sheets tucked into closets, behind curtains, and under chairs.

There are numerous ways to freshen up your surroundings and save money.