Behold the hidden housecleaning powers of the dryer sheet!


Chances are you already love dryer sheets. Honestly, what's not to love? Just pop them in the dryer and poof! Out comes soft, sweet-smelling laundry with zero effort.

But what if we told you that you've barely even begun to unlock their potential? As recently pointed out, dryer sheets are good for so much more than laundry. From cleaning your bathroom to combating stinky feet, keep reading for our favorite dryer sheet hacks.

In the bathroom

Debra Johnson, a cleaning expert with Merry Maids, told that running a moistened dryer sheet over chrome bathroom fixtures will have them shining like the day they were installed. And because they contain detergent, they're also perfect for cleaning soap, scum and grime off shower doors.

In the kitchen

Believe it or not, dryer sheets are excellent at removing burnt-on foods from pots and pans. Next time you burn tomato sauce, suggests saving the elbow grease and plopping a dryer sheet on the stubborn food residue instead. Simply add a little water, let it soak for a few hours and watch as the detergents on the dryer sheet lift the mess right off your pots and pans.

In the living room

It turns out dryer sheets are excellent at picking up dust and pet hair.

"The purpose of dryer sheets is to draw the static charge out of the clothing from the heat in the dryer," Johnson explained to "This same function will work for dusting."

Use them on everything from your ceiling fans to your baseboards—your vacuum cleaner will thank you.

In smelly shoes

Issues with foot funk? Slice a dryer sheet in half and put a piece in each shoe after a day of use. Let the sheet work its magic overnight and your shoes should smell like a dream by morning.