A Miracle Product?

By Karen McIntyre | March 17, 2009

Recently an email with the subject line "Good Info to Know" landed in my inbox. Dismissing it as an annoying joke email, I nearly deleted it without reading it before I saw what it was all about—dryer sheets. The clever author of this email lists a bunch of uses forthese little miracle products have besides keeping laundry fresh smelling and static free. They include:

- Chase ants away and repel mice and moquitos

- Remove musty odors from old books and photo albums

- Eliminate static electricity from television and computer monitors—and keep dust from resettling on them

- Dissolve soap scum from shower doors

- Freshen closets or drawers

- Keep thread from tangling (run a threaded needle through a sheet before starting to sew

- Prevent musty suitcases (put a sheet in empty luggage before storing)

- Freshen air in cars—place a sheet under the front seat

- Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan (put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight and sponge clean—the antistatic agent weakens the bond between food and pan)

- Eliminate odors in wastebaskets (place a sheet at the bottom of the basket)

- Collect cat hair

- Eliminate static from Venetian blinds

- Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering

- Eliminate odors in dirty laundry

- Deodorize shoes or sneakers

- Golfers keep bees away by putting a sheet in their pockets.

- Use in sleeping bags and tents before storing to keep them smelling fresh

Who knew that this little product—a nonwoven—could solve so many household crises? I wonder if the marketing teams at Procter & Gamble, Unilever and other dryer sheet marketers know about them.

Karen McIntyre