• Fri, Apr 28 2006

Uses for Bounce Dryer Sheets

Bounce Dryer SheetsYou have possibly received these in your email box several times over the years, like I have, but in case you haven’t here are 21 uses for Bounce fabric softener sheets besides fabric softening.

      1. All this time you’ve just been putting Bounce in the dryer! It
      will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels
      mice.
      2. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars
      that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.
      3. It takes the odor out of books and p hoto albums that don’t get
      opened too often.
      4. It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop
      when outdoors during mosquito season.

      5. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer)
      screen.
      6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe
      your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from
      resettling.
      7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of
      Bounce.
      8. To freshen the air in your home – Place an individual sheet of
      Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.
      9. Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.
      10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a
      sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.
      11. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce
      inside empty luggage before storing.
      12. To freshen the air in your car – Place a sheet of Bounce
      under the front seat.
      13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan,
      fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static
      agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan.
      14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at
      the bottom of the wastebasket.
      15. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will
      magnetically attract all the loose hairs.
      16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds. Wipe the
      blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.
      17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet
      of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.
      18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of
      Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.
      19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your
      shoes or sneakers overnight.
      20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees
      away.
      21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before
      folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh.
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  • Kerri

    Thanks for the tips. Somehow, in all of the forwards I do get, I missed this one. Will have to tie one to my 2-yr. old this summer. A mosquito or two, and he ends up looking like Hitch after the seafood allergy. Yikes!

  • http://www.thedessertcafe.com Jane

    I will have to keep that in mind when we go camping.

  • marie

    are the sheets “fresh” and not used from the dryer when not indicated otherwise??

  • http://www.keepingthecastle.com/ Maricar

    Hi Marie, Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I believe the sheets are fresh unless indicated, especially when they’ll be used for their scent.

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  • http://none Robin

    I have heard of all the wonderful uses of Bounce sheets but I use the unscented kind. Are these as useful in repelling ants, mice, and other insects and the scented kind? Please answer soon as I need to debug some pretty plants soon!!!

  • Maricar

    Hi Robin,
    I haven’t tried the unscented sheets, so I can’t tell you from experience. Do tell us if it works for you or not.

  • Chaindropz

    I have posted a use for used dryer sheets that is very simular to one of your uses. I use the used unsented Bounce to clean the hair from the lavatory. I always look for post of people with simular problems or solutions and found you.

  • Dan

    A word of caution on the use of dryer sheets for mosquito control. A friend tried this trick by wiping the sheet over her arms, cheeks and forehead. Sweat carried the chemical to eyes which she wiped away with her hands compounding the problem. Painful stinging and hazing of her vision resulted. She flushed her eyes with water repeatedly and after a nights sleep the hazyness went away the stinging lasted through the next day. Yes she used the dryer sheet incorrectly by wiping down with it instead of tying it to a belt loop. But the chance of transfer from handling to the eyes is still possible especially for young children. FYI.

  • Pittsburgh

    I save all my dryer sheets.
    I get a nice piece of fabric 12″ X 12″
    lay a stack of dryer sheets in it.
    I fold the fabric over to cover the sheets.
    Roll it up to look like a hot dog bun basically
    and sew all open ends.
    You will see a hole in the middle that is where you pour some fabric softner.
    only about 1/4 capful and squeeze the tube of fabric and throw in dryer leave in dryer.
    Until you need to add more fabric softner insode of it.
    Works for me.
    I also use a little really soft washable stuffed bear.I pour a capful of fabric softner on it and let it sink in the bear then toss into dryer and walah!
    he lives in my dryer..
    and loves fabric softner poured all over his tummy..
    works well any little soft washable stuffed animal will do…

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  • concerneddude

    Mosquito’s are nothing compared to the scourge of dryer sheets; name one thing the mosquito can do to cause cancer or liver damage.

    • diane weeks

      what have you never heard of malaria? never heard of heart worms in dogs?

  • Betheny

    I just used it to wipe all the cat/dog hair off my couch cushions and it worked great….also pulled alot of dust that had settled into the cushions out and the bounce sheet came back brown looking. Makes you wonder how clean our furniture really is (=S).

  • Mitzi

    What is the procedure for cleaning the soap scum from shower doors?

  • Hugh

    Does it get the tapeworm eggs and flea larvae as well as the hair? http://www.CatWormsSymptoms.com

  • Kay Dowsing

    No. 22 for your “21 Ways To Use Your Dryer Sheets” is:- Stick a dryer sheet strategically under an insert when making hand made greetings cards; and, especially, wedding Stationery. Goes well with Flower theme. Just as effective with most occasions. Men’s cards are not always favoured by the men.

  • Judy Deaton

    I was stunned to find that Bounce sheets, slightly dampened, remove insect carcasses from the car grill, headlights, windows, mirrors and hood really really well.

  • Heather

    Have you heard of encephalitis or West Nile Virus? And as awful as they are have you ever seen an allergic reaction? Dying from anaphylaxis wouldn’t be a good way to go!

  • Tyland

    I use the dollar store brand. ;)