Cleaning electronics

After you use a dryer sheet, don't throw it away. It makes a great duster for televisions, laptops, gaming consoles and more. It grabs dust and lint while leaving behind an invisible barrier that reduces static electricity.

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Air freshener

If your room is smelling a bit musty, freshen it with a sheet. Remove one of your air conditioning grates and tape a new dryer sheet over the slats. When you replace the grate, the air moving through the vent will be pleasantly scented. Remember to change the sheet once a week to prevent dust buildup that can block air flow.

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Sharpen scissors

Have a pair of dull scissors? Don't throw them away. You can sharpen them by cutting up a dryer sheet. It sounds crazy, but it really works!

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Clean up the bathroom

Save used dryer sheets to wipe down your sink, your toilet tank and other areas that need a quick polish. The slight texture in the dryer sheets picks up bits of lint and dirt better than paper towels.

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Refresh shoes

Eliminate odors in shoes by placing a new dryer sheet in each shoe before bed. In the morning your shoes will smell great.

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Make cleaning pads

There's no need to buy new cleaning pads for your Swiffer duster or other refillable push duster pad. Load the cleaning pad area with two used dryer sheets. It works just as well and you're recycling.

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Dust ceiling fans

You don't need to climb on a step ladder to clean your ceiling fan with this tip. Simply secure a used dryer sheet around the end of a long-handled paint roller handle with a couple rubber bands. The angle of the paint roller is perfect for cleaning the tops of the blades and the length of the handle keeps you safely on the floor.

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Remove hard water stains in dishwashers

If you have hard water, the minerals from the water can build up inside of your dishwasher. Use a moistened dryer sheet to scrub away any mineral deposits. Here are more ways to clean your dishwasher.

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Freshen a vacuum

Have a stinky vacuum? Pop a new dryer sheet into the canister or bag before you vacuum. Both your vacuum and room will smell fresh.

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Clean your oven racks

If your oven racks are grimy, fill your bathtub halfway with warm water, add your oven racks and toss in half a cup of dish soap and eight dryer sheets. Let them soak overnight, scrub them down with the dryer sheets and rinse.

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