Thursday, November 15, 2012

Clever Uses for Dryer Sheets

It all began with my iron.  My poor, oft used, cruddy iron, its plate caked with spray starch and gooey bits of interfacing.

(Google image)

I was chatting with a friend (oh our scintillating topics of conversation!) and she suggested I use a dryer sheet to clean my iron.  What?!

Simply turn on your iron and rub the dryer sheet over the plate.  Use a clothespin or kitchen tongs so that you don't burn your fingers.

Worked like a charm.  And bonus ~ I used lavender scented sheets and the process doubled as room freshener.

After this dryer sheet miracle I immediately wondered if it'd help my stove.  My stove is worse than my iron.  I'll try not to swear as I describe it...

  • First, it's electric (boo!)
  • Everything, and I mean everything sticks to it
  • It's nearly impossible to clean (even using those expensive ceramic cleaners)
The before:

After gently rubbing a dryer sheet over the surface (set on low heat):

OMGosh!  Dryer sheet miracle two!

Yes, I realize it's not normal to get so excited over such things.  It's OK if you scoff at me:)

Next, I did a Google search for other clever uses for dryer sheets.  There are a ton out there in Blogville!

I read online that moistened dryer sheets work really well for cleaning bugs off of cars.

The before:

Walah!  A little bit of gentle rubbing and the bugs and crud disappeared.

Alright, I'm finished carrying on about dryer sheets.  I've got some laundry to do, and ironically, I won't be using dryer sheets ~ ha!  I prefer liquid softener.


Christy said...

Brilliant, I am glad you shared that with us.


Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Thank you!! I too have a glass top stove and have found windex to help alot but will try this!! Love the apron!!!

My Vintage Mending said...

Get out...I need to clean my iron are those used dryer sheets or new out of the box? Love it...smiles..Renee

Little Susie Home Maker said...

I had heard the iron tip before, but oh my! I am so excited, yes, excited! My stove top is going to get the dryer sheet treatment as soon as I send this reply! Yay!
Thanks for such a good tip!!!
Loves it!

donna said...

What a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing. I will be trying this over the weekend.

Michaele said...

I am definately trying this on my stove!

Becky said...

Fantastic! I hate goopy irons.

SizzleandZoom said...

Clever cleaning idea. Use sheets now and then.