12 Surprising Uses For Dryer Sheets Around Your Home

We probably all use dryer sheets to get that laundry-fresh smell, and they come in such an array of scents, that it actually makes using the dryer fun… to me, anyway. But what if we gave you other uses for them, like to ward off bugs and sharpen those dull scissors? Yes, it’s true, there are countless ways to use dryer sheets—out of your dryer. Here are some of our favorites.

1. As A Trash Can Air Freshener

Tired of the scent of your garbage wafting through the kitchen? Well, just place a dryer sheet in the bottom of the trash can, says Jo from ThriftyFun.

You can do this in each room of the house, and you have instant air fresheners throughout your home. Divine Caroline also recommends taping a dryer sheet over each heating (or air conditioning) vent to get the scent flowing everywhere.

2. Remove Pet Hair

Don’t have a lint brush handy? No problem. You can simply use a dryer sheet, instead, to get rid of unwanted pet hair from furniture, your clothes, you name it. Just rub the sheet on the area and watch it disappear, says SheKnows.

3. Dust Furniture

Before reaching for paper towels or buy dusting cloths, opt for a dryer sheet, says Curbly. Don’t believe it? Try it for yourself and, pretty soon, your house will be dust-free.

4. Make Your Vacuum Smell Good

Apartment Therapy recommends adding a dryer sheet to your vacuum bag or filter, which will make your whole place smelling as clean as can be.

5. Sharpen Scissors

Yes, instead of searching for a knife sharpener, just use a dryer sheet to sharpen those scissors! If home renovation and repair guru Bob Vila attests to it on Pinterest, you better believe I tried it—and it worked!

6. Remove Soap Scum

Hillbilly Housewife says using a wet dryer sheet removes soap scum from the tub, sink, tile, and so on. Who knew?! She also suggests rinsing the surfaces well afterwards, to prevent any residue from the sheet staying behind.

Some, like Curbly, say a used wet dryer sheet works better, so good news—you’ll be able to save a new one for another item on our list here!

7. Make Shoes Smell Better

This one requires no work at all. Just put a dryer sheet in each shoe and leave them be, says Real Simple. You can either do this overnight or each time you are not wearing them. (You may want to remove them when you have company, though. Just saying…)

8. Ward Off Bugs And Bees

With a dryer sheet, you can deter bugs and bees several ways: place them under your chair or even rub the sheet on your skin and watch how bugs leave you alone, says Curbly. In addition, you can also keep a few dryer sheets in your pocket to ward off bees, says Bees, Wasps, Hornets.

ThriftyFun also suggests tying a dryer sheet through one of your belt loops to keep mosquitoes away. Worth trying, I think!

9. Keep Mice Away

You can prevent mice from getting into your home by placing dryer sheets in areas where they’ll probably try to come in—under attic doors, into baseboards, and so on, suggests AOL Real Estate.

10. Keep Clothes Smelling Sweet

To always keep your clothes smelling fresh, whether they’re in the hamper or your dresser, Curbly suggests adding dryer sheets to each for a 24/7 pleasant scent.

11. Freshen Pillows And Your Mattress

Talk about aromatherapy! When you add a dryer sheet to your pillowcase, or put one (or some) under your mattress pad, prepare to have the most pleasant dreams ever! Divine Caroline suggested it, and I’ve been sleeping soundly ever since!

12. Spruce Up Your Car’s Interior

Instead of buying pricy car air fresheners, just place a dryer sheet under your front seat, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the nicely scented ride, says user TheBonster from ThriftyFun.