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10 Genius Uses for Dryer Sheets That Will Change Your Life

These go waaay beyond the laundry room.

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Book deodorizer

Not everyone is a fan of that old book smell, and even the most beloved books needs a good cleaning every once and awhile. To rid your books of musty odors, brush them lightly with a dryer sheet. This is what your reading habits say about your personality.

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Burnt food remover

Getting burnt grime off dirty pots is no easy feat, but have no fear! Putting a dryer sheet at the bottom of a burnt pot and letting it soak in water overnight will help loosen the muck and leave your pots spick and span. These are other amazing ways you can clean your whole house while you sleep.

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Pet hair brush

Ask anyone with a longhaired dog or cat and they’ll tell you that excessive shedding can be a pain. If you see clumps of unshed hair on your pet, use a dryer sheet to gently remove them and avoid the mess altogether.

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Garbage liner

If your garbage can is carrying a lingering scent, lining it with dryer sheets will help. The sheets will absorb odors and leaks, and keep the can as clean as possible. Here’s how to neutralize gross smells with items you already have in your kitchen.

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Gym bag freshener

Even the tidiest gym equipment need to be sanitized now and again. Putting dryer sheets in your gym bags will absorb foul odors and keep your bag (and your workout gear) smelling garden fresh.

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Spilled flour cleaner-upper

There are few things as frustrating as cleaning up spilled flour. Luckily, cleaning it is as easy as looking toward your laundry room! Dryer sheets can easily clean flour accidents and other dry spills because flour sticks to the sheets. Who knew it was that easy?

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Static killer

A humid day can wreak havoc and create static in your hair, but don’t sweat it. Wiping yourself down with a dryer sheet will eliminate static, not just on your hair, but also on your clothes.

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Sand wiper

After spending a relaxing day at the beach, trying to get to the car without dousing it in sand can be an obstacle. Get sand off your skin easily with a quick wipe of a dryer sheet. You can also use baby powder to get sand off everything.

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Eyeglass polisher

Keep your glasses sparkling brightly with a few quick wipes. Be careful though! Dryer sheets shouldn’t be used on plastic lenses. These tips can help extend the life of your glasses.

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Tree sap remover

Tree sap is notoriously sticky and difficult to remove, but the solution to freeing yourself of this sticky nuisance is actually in your laundry room. The sap will stick to dryer sheets more easily than normal wipes, which makes it a perfect remover.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest