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Published: Thursday, 12/1/2005

Dryer Sheets: Not Just For The Dryer Anymore

On average, people put more than five loads of laundry in the dryer each week. Many of those loads contain dryer sheets, used to control static and infuse the clothes with a light scent. Dryer sheets, however, are increasingly making their way out of the laundry room and into other parts of the home.

For example, home researchers at Procter & Gamble recommend using dryer sheets:

in the linen closet to help keep linens smelling fresh day after day;

in shoes to help give odors the boot;

in the gym bag to give odors a workout;

in dresser drawers for fresher sweaters, lingerie and socks;

behind curtains to help freshen the whole kitchen;

in the diaper bin to give it a clean, fresh scent.

In addition to the tips recommended by P&G, the following is just a small collection of ideas suggested by consumers like you across the country:

Got a white streak on your clothes from your deodorant? Just take a used dryer sheet and wipe it lightly across to remove the stain.

Put a dryer sheet in the heating vent -- it will make the whole house smell fresh and clean.

Use them in the shower to clean pesky soap scum. Just wet the sheet, rub and rinse. It breaks up the soap scum on glass doors and leaves them sparkling.

When putting clothes away for the season, put a fabric sheet or two in the storage bag/container for freshness next season.

Clean away stubborn food. Put a dryer sheet in the pan and let it soak overnight. (NAPSI)

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