22 Brainy Ways to Use Dryer Sheets at Home
Who knew dryer sheets had so many uses beyond making laundry smell fresh and feel soft? Here are 20 ways to use new dryer sheets to keep all sorts of things smelling fresh, plus how to use used dryer sheets to make cleaning tasks easier.
The Family Handyman
You can see much more clearly when you’re sawing and sanding if you first rub your plastic safety glasses and face shields with a used fabric softener sheet. The exact physics is a matter of discussion, but this makes wood dust a lot less clingy. The key is to use a sheet that’s been through a drying cycle. It’ll be gentler and less laden with softener. Thanks to Travis Larson for this demystifying tip. Who doesn’t love making dust in the workshop? Here are 41 genius sanding tips you need to know.
Could you use a shelf in your garage to stow camping gear? This one is super-sturdy and provides 150 square feet of storage space! Full plans included.
Toilet Paper Roll
When you’ve got a broken toilet, here’s everything you need to know to fix it yourself. Plus: You’ve got to check out these clever toilet paper and bathroom reading material storage hacks!
If you need to install or replace mini blinds, here’s how to do it.
Need quick and easy shelves for your books? These box shelves are inexpensive, simple-to-build and versatile.
Floor Dusting Cloths
Company is coming and you’re all out of disposable floor dusting pads. Oh, no! Solution? Grab a used dryer sheet, install it on the sweeper and say goodbye to those dust bunnies.
When you pull out the vacuum for serious cleaning, check the filter. If it’s dirty, here’s how to change it.
Keep Linens Fresh
If you don’t have a laundry chute and wish you did, here’s how to install one.
If you wish you had storage lockers at home for all of your exercise gear, check out these build-them-yourself mudroom lockers.
Freshen Shoes and Boots
This unusual off-the-floor shoe storage rack eliminates the shoe pile at the door.
If it’s your washing machine that stinks, here’s how to eliminate the odor.
Once all of your pots and pans are sparkly clean, you can build these helpful rollouts to keep everything organized.
And as we all know, hair is not the only cleaning problem you face when you have a pet. Here are 14 cleaning tips every cat and dog owner should know.
Learn more about removing rust, lime, scum and stains in the bathroom from the experts.
Does a dusty workshop keep you from doing projects? Here are 11 ways to keep a workshop neat and tidy.
Air Vents and Fans
Make sure the air in your car is fresh by changing the air filter. It only takes a few minutes. Here’s how.
For a fool-proof way to get tree sap off vinyl siding, plus 12 more cleaning secrets, check out this collection of tips.
Protecting Delicate Objects
This collection of tips has more great ways to take the hassle out of storing seasonal decorations.
Rinse and Dry Oven Racks
By morning all the grime should have loosened, and rubbing a scrub sponge or even the wet dryer sheets over the racks will remove the buildup easily. Drain the tub, and use the showerhead to give the racks a good rinse. Dry and they’re ready to go back into the clean oven. Plus: 50 crazy-cool things you never knew you could do with toothpaste.