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Catching Up…and Dryer Sheets

Catching Up...

  • Tomorrow is February 2nd,  a.k.a. Groundhog Day!  What a fun day – will he see his shadow, or not? Will Bill Murry wake up to “I’ve Got You Babe” again, or will it be a new day?  Good stuff I tell you!
  • It has been over a month since I’ve posted.  How in the world did my life become so incredibly busy (please note my sarcasm!) that I didn’t post one time in January.  I am speechless. And embarrassed. And sorry.
  • But I have been a wee bit busy, and have had you all in mind.  I have been doing some really FUN projects around the house that are frugal, easy, and give you some new ideas for decorating!  YaY!
  • I’ll also be doing a giveaway next week.  Proctor & Gamble sent me a fun package with lots of goodies – and one frugal mom will win one too!  

So as I’ve been cleaning paint brushes in the laundry room’s utility sink, I took a peak around my neglected laundry room.  Now you’d think I’d notice the untouched piles of laundry that I am good at collecting, but what really struck my eye was the number of times I’ve missed the trash can when throwing away dryer sheets. Clearly, keeping my laundry tidy hasn’t been high on my priority list.

Stick with me…there’s truly a purpose to the rambling.

As I was laughing at the number of dryer sheets that had been unsuccessfully lofted towards the trash can, I was reminded of a discussion we had at one time on the FrugalMom message board regarding the use of dryer sheets.  And I must say, you ladies are creative!  Here’s a list of some great ways to reuse dryer sheets. And don’t forget to add your ideas to the comments.  We may never throw a dryer sheet away again!

Top 10 Additional Uses for Dryer Sheets

1.  I use a dryer sheet for all my clothes and save them after the first use.  Then when I wash my towels I take the once used sheets and throw 2 or 3 (depending on the load) in with the towels.  My towels still smell great and feel soft.

2.  I use twice used sheets in a bag to use with my “Swiffer Duster.”  I take 2 sheets and wrap around the duster pad overlapping in the middle.  They pick up all the dust and dirt that the regular brand name Swiffer pads do with no extra cost!

3.  I use twice used sheets as a dust rag on my furniture.  Dust sticks immediately to them and then you just toss them in the trash.  I love dryer sheets!

4.  I sometimes use a dryer sheet to dust the TV screen. Works like a charm!

5.  I reuse my dryer sheets on my dry erase board.

6.  I put them in the bottom of the waste basket before I put the plastic liner (courtesy of wal-mart) in.  That helps with the trash odor.

7.  I keep dryer sheets with my pantyhose.  They keep the static down.

8.  I keep used ones in the bathroom in the winter and rub it on my hair when static is its worst in the winter.

9.  I cut mine in half – it is like getting 2 for the price of 1!

10.To help loosen dried on/burnt on food from dishes/pots/pans fill the item with hot water and toss in a used dryer sheet – it also softens burnt/caked on food to make clean up easy.

So here are your great ideas…straight from our message board.  Keep ‘em coming in the comments!!

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  1. 1
    Candace says:

    My 14 year old son just read my blog post and his ever-so-helpful response was, “Mom when have you ever dusted the tv with a dryer sheet?”

    He clearly did not read my post carefully, because he would have noted my dryer sheets are not being used to their fullest frugal ability.

    Unless you count collecting dust along my laundry floor as helpful.

    Hmmm…maybe I’ll just add that to the list! :)

  2. 2

    Hi,

    I totally use my used dryer sheets for dusting and picking up dog hair off the floor. Why waste a duster when you can just reuse a dryer sheet!

    Thanks,
    Jason

  3. 3
    Kristina says:

    How about not buying or using dryer sheets at all? They’re covered in chemicals (that lovely smell), they’re hard on your dryer (shortening its life), and they’re not necessary. If you want that nice smell, throw in a lavendar (or other herb) sachet that can be used dozens of times (bonus points for making a cloth bag for the sachet, and only disposing of the contents in your yardwaste or compost when it’s time for new). Better for you, your dryer, and the environment…AND your pocketbook.

    Many of the items listed can be done with a simple rag – we cut up an old sheet and got dozens of rags, or you can cut up worn out or stained t-shirts for the same purpose.

  4. 4

    I LOVE the Swiffer idea! A friend gave me a Swiffer as a gift, but I’ve never been able to bring myself to actually buy the pads for it so it has just been sitting out in my utility room. Thanks for the fabulous tip!

  5. 5
    Adrienne says:

    Kristina is correct. Dryer sheets are really bad for you. Just Google info on dryer sheets and I think you will be shocked.

    I use plain white vinegar (1/4 cup) in the final rinse and my clothes have never been softer. And they smell really clean.

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    Danielle says:

    The truly frugal thing to do would be to not use dryer sheets. They are a total waste of money and their bad for your health. They are uncessary for soft clothes. My clothes and linens are soft without using anything, though vinegar helps if you need to use something. I am chemically sensitive so they bother me a lot. You can even smell people using them in their dryer throughout the neighborhood the smell is so strong. I’m actually trying to find a way to clean the smell out of the dryer in my new apartment.

  7. 7
    Dwight E says:

    Yeah, I’ve used them as cleaning wipes in the past. I thought, I was the only one who did that!

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