Fix your frizz – with a tumble dryer sheet
Make glasses gleam or stop shoes squeaking
DO YOU automatically throw in a tumble dryer sheet with your clothes each time you use the machine? Even if you’re not planning to use them in your laundry, dig out that pack from your kitchen press — because the cloths, designed to keep clothes fresh and static-free, have all sorts of nifty uses.
HAIR and fabrics can pick up a static charge when they rub against another material so take a tip from hairdressers and banish static, frizzy hair by running a tumble dryer sheet over your locks. The sheets are formulated to stop static building up on clothes in the machine and have a cationic electrical charge — a positive charge that neutralises static. Handily, this means if you rub a sheet lightly over hair, it will make any frizz lie flat.
MAKE VASES SPARKLE
TUMBLE dryer sheets are great for loosening stubborn dirt. Have a glass vase that’s gone cloudy? Fill it with warm water, add a new tumble dryer sheet and soak overnight to make it sparkle. Baking trays, pans and oven racks will also come up clean. A quick wash with soapy water the next day should be all that’s needed.
SHAKE OFF SAND
LOVE a trip to the beach, but hate the journey home, covered in sand you can’t brush off? Keep a used dryer sheet handy to wipe skin. Its rough texture will help grab stubborn sand, while the fabric softener residue acts as a lubricant to remove all those pesky grains.
PICK UP PET HAIR
ARE you forever getting pet hairs on your clothes? A brisk rub with a used tumble dryer sheet should dust them away in seconds, thanks to its rough texture.
The sheets have the same effect on tiny dust particles — so they’re perfect as dust cloths for fiddly spaces.
KEEP trainers and boots smelling sweet by stuffing a balled-up used tumble dryer sheet in each shoe between uses. The super-absorbent sheets soak up bad odour.
Why a used sheet? The fabric conditioners in tumble dryer sheets contain fats, which, when fresh, could leave a residue on some fabrics — to lessen that risk, a used sheet is best. This works with bags and suitcases, too.
GOODBYE TO GLITTER
GLITTER polish is notoriously difficult to remove. Apply your nail varnish remover with a used tumble dryer sheet, however, and the combination of the remover, a little softener residue and the rough surface of the sheet will make the task far easier.
GET THREAD STRAIGHT
STOP thread from knotting up while you stitch by pulling it through a folded tumble dryer sheet before you thread it on to the needle. The waxy residue from the fabric softener should make the thread more slippery and stop it from catching on itself or your fabric.
STOP CLOTHES CLINGING
THEY remove static in your machine, but tumble dryer sheets are just as good at neutralising it when you’re wearing the clothes. Brush the underside of a static garment with a new tumble dryer sheet to stop it clinging.
SAVE SQUEAKY SOLES
DO THE rubber soles of your shoes squeak when you walk on polished floors? A pass over the soles with a new tumble dryer sheet will coat them in waxy fabric softener to dampen the friction — and silence the squeak.