5 Dryer Sheet Hacks That Actually Work

Take the sheet beyond the laundry room.

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If dryer sheets can add that extra boost of freshness to your laundry, imagine what else they can refresh. We tried several different dryer sheet hacks and much to our disappointment, some didn't work. (Don't even think about wiping your electronics or removing crayon marks from walls.) But luckily, a few others worked like magic. See below for our favorites.

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Spruce things up and get your home extra clean with these handy tips.

Remove Paint

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Jason Kisner

Removing dried paint from a paintbrush takes forever and causes a mess. Do this instead: Stick a dryer sheet in a bucket of warm water with the dirty paintbrush, then let it soak for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Paint = GONE.

Polish Stainless Steel

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Jason Kisner

You may love the look of stainless steel, but the fingerprints — not so much. Quickly and efficiently remove smudges by wiping with a dryer sheet.

Remove Pet Hair

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Jason Kisner

You may not want to bring out the broom or vacuum every time you need to remove pet hair. Pet hair clings to dryer sheets — I like to keep several sheets in my car just in case of unexpected riders. Plus, it keeps my car smelling fresh, too!

Freshen Up Shoes

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Jason Kisner

Flats can smell less than ideal after you've been wearing them all day. Stick a sheet in each shoe when you get home so they smell fresh the next morning.

Keep Dust at Bay

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Jason Kisner

Using a dryer sheet gets in those hard-to-reach places. Plus, it prevents dust from resettling as quickly.

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