How to Make Your Own Shower Cleaner

Are you having trouble keeping your shower clean? We all are. There’s no simple way to keep your shower from getting dirty. What you need to do is keep up with the cleaning. Make sure you’re not waiting too long to clean it. That only makes more work for you or your cleaner.

We’ve come up with a simple yet powerful mixture to help you clean your shower with ingredients that you already have in your kitchen. This shower cleaner is easy to make and it gets the job done. Before you begin, make sure you have everything you need to make your own shower cleaner.

What you’ll need:

  • An empty spray bottle
  • A bottle of Dawn dish detergent (2 cups)
  • A bottle of white vinegar (2 cups)
  • Sponge with scrub pad

How to make

Take a measuring cup and measure out two cups of your white vinegar. Heat the vinegar in the microwave until hot (2 to 3 minutes depending on your microwave wattage). And pour it into your spray bottle once it’s done heating. Next, you’ll pour your two cups of Dawn into your spray bottle with the vinegar, put the lid on, and gently shake.

And that’s it! Told you it was a simple solution. Here at Maid Sailors, we like simple. The simpler the better. Now on how to use your new shower cleaner.

How to use 

Simply spray it in your shower and let it sit for 30 minutes. Make sure you are spraying your whole shower. Be sure to get the walls, the floor, the edges of the tub, and the faucet. After you’ve let the solution set, you can begin wiping down your shower. If need be, take your sponge and give it a little elbow grease using the scrub pad.

 

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Is Your Garage Putting Your Home At Risk?

Do you live in your garage at times? Are you one of those people who has a poker table in their garage? Do you spend a lot of time out there? Or do you live in a community where people leave their doors open an smile at one another? That’s all fine and dandy until you get so busy enjoying life that you forget to take necessary precautions for keeping your family safe.

Now, this isn’t some article that’s going to make you want to call your insurance company. There’s nothing faulty wrong with your garage. It’s fine. However, there may be some things that you’re not doing out there that are putting you and your family at risk.

Here’s a list of reasons your garage could be putting your home at risk:

  • It’s Probably The Main Entrance

Most of the time the garage door can act as the main entrance to your home. You might even use that door more frequently than the front door. And maybe certain people know this about your home. If this is the case, It’s time to upgrade your security as soon as possible. Add new locks, with deadbolts. Put a motion noise detector inside, so you’ll  be able to hear anybody that walks in. And install security cameras. Nowadays you can even put up cameras that are easily accessed from an app on your smartphone.

  • Your Car Is There

Having a vehicle is a big investment. The last thing you want to do is walk outside in the morning and notice that your car is gone. Trust me, it happens more often than not. Even inside your garage keep your car doors locked and install security features. You can also try frosting any windows that are attached to the garage and then try adding motion detector lights. When those lights pop on, chances are they’ll get scared and run.

  • Expensive Items and Tools Are Stored There

Yes, your car is valuable but you probably have other valuable items in there too. Storing valuables out there is like leaving your kids unattended in a park bathroom. Just because they right outside don’t always mean they’re safe. Keep things that are truly valuable locked in a fireproof safe.

If your garage needs a little TLC we can tidy it up in an hour or less.

5 Great Hacks For People Who Hate Doing Chores

Not many of us love cleaning. In fact, most of us kinda hate it to a certain degree. It always takes quite a bit time, it gets boring really fast, and more often than not we’d rather be doing literally anything else. Just the thought of how much time we spend on getting that pesky water ring out of the table or making sure the coffee pot is cleaned out; it can drive some people insane.

It’s time to shout out no more! With these incredible house cleaning hacks. You will discover a world where taken care of your home takes up almost no time. A nice combination of knowledge and cleverness are what fuels this list to provide you the best tips possible, therefore you can keep everything really nice and clean while having tons of extra time you otherwise wouldn’t. Here are 5 great hacks for people who hate cleaning.

1. The Microwave Conundrum

The microwave is a very useful tool for quick cooking and heating. However, if we do not know how to properly cover some foods while heating, they can make quite a mess splattering and, scrubbing everything off can prove to be tedious.

Say goodbye to hours of hard work. All you have to do, in these situations, is to grab a nice microwave-proof bowl and fill it with some water. Then drop in some lemon wedges or lemon halves; have it run until the water starts boiling. Plug the microwave off but don’t take out the bowl yet, let it sit in for about 1 to 2 minutes. After this is done just take out the bowl, grab a cleaning cloth, and remove all the dirt with a nice and easy stroke; quickly giving your microwave oven an almost never-used feel to it.

2.Those Dreaded Rings on Your Table

Whenever someone fails to use a coaster on your precious tables, it always shows. You find yourself, yet again, in that horrid situation of removing the marks of your friend’s lack of care for your furniture. You have to act fast, but it has to be easy; luckily it is. First, grab an absorbing towel, give it a good swipe to eliminate quickly any excess moisture; then bust out the hair dryer and blow those hellish rings into the depth of oblivion for ever!

3. Goodbye Blender Scraping

The blender is one of those everyday appliances that we are usually more afraid to use than embrace; all thanks to how much of a chore can be cleaning it afterwards – the thought of it is just sometimes straight up terrifying-  However, there’s light at the end of the tunnel; for there is a very simple way to clean a blender.

Getting your hands dirty by trying to remove everything by hand is a waste of time and effort. Instead, fill your blender with hot water, to about half way through, and a good splash of liquid soap. Give it a really good spin for a couple of minutes. Empty it and remove the excess soap with clean water. Done! You have yourself a pretty clean blender in no time.

4. Clog Drains

Sometimes your hand or dishwasher can get clogged up, and you won’t have any earthly idea as to why how it got like that in the first place. Cleaning your clogged drains can be a very frustrating and infuriating situation should you not know how to deal with it swiftly. Regardless of how it happened, there is a very quick solution. Grab a cup of vinegar and some Alka Seltzer pucks; drop them and leave them to act for 10 minutes or so. Simply finish the cleaning process by washing down with boiling water to ensure a complete and thorough clean.

5. Magic Carpet

Having a carpet floor is a bold decision, but it does not have to mean complete and utter commitment to it every hour of the day. We are all aware of those mysterious and inconceivable stains, that appear out of nowhere, in our carpets and how much of a hassle it can be to get rid of them. Fret not for there is a quick and easy solution.

When you spot one of those dreadful carpet stains, act quickly and squirt it good with a combination of one part vinegar and two parts water. Then, place a lightly damp cloth over it and grab a hot iron and press it for just about half a minute, and voilà! Should that stain prove to be a tough opponent, just press the iron on it a couple more times and it should disappear.

No More Hate for Cleaning

Cleaning our house or personal space doesn’t have to be the most tedious and tenuous of task. Use this simple hacks to turn your those chores into simple and enjoyable solutions to make your life easier. What are some of the home cleaning task you find the hardest to do? What other tricks do you know to improve home cleaning? Share your experience by leaving a comment below!.

5 Ways To Unclog That Drain Without Buying Anything

Do you have water in your kitchen? What about some vinegar (you know, the same bottle that probably came with the cupboards? Does anyone actually buy vinegar?) Any red plastic cups (used or not)? If you said yes to any of these questions, congratulations, you have everything you need to turn that clogathon into a barren pathway for sink activities!

Boiled Water: The best thing since…water

These images will be difficult to process: food, debris, hair and oil clog your drains. The good news is, because the words ‘cement’ and ‘solid brick’ weren’t on this list, you can use boiling water to break this down like a domestic sledgehammer.
Boil water and pour it down the drain. Also, if you think your toilet is also suffering from cloggage, open the seat and check for small bubbles congregating in the water. Yes? Good. Use boiling water because this means there’s a clog deeper in the drain.

Large Plastic Cup: Turn that double-cup into a single-cup for unclogging purposes

Let’s say your kitchen sink is super clogged like your nose as the flowers blossom and pollen imperializes the air. The only tool (you think you have) is a plunger. Are you considering a tool that has had intimate relations with the inner crevices of your toilet to fix your sink?
Save yourself a trip to the emergency room and find a plastic cup.
Most people have large 32 to 40-ounce cups from fast-food restaurants and gas stations. The bottom of these fit nicely in the drain. Push the bottom of these cups into the drain to clear the clog. Some clogs cannot be cleared without professional help. You may need the use of a snake or hydro-jetting to clear your clog.

Metal Wire: We’re sure these are laying around somewhere near the duct tape

“Back in the day,” people used to use old wire hangers to clear clogs, but those have become largely obsolete. Most people have rolls of wire, however, which are useful.
Steer clear of coated wire used in gardening, but other types of thin wire are useful for clearing clogs. Create a thin hook on the end to grab string or hair by pinching the end of the wire. Do not use wire in a drain (such as the bathroom sink) if it can get stuck in different components (like a stopper or toilet plunger) because you could make the clog worse (and ruin your weekend).

Bleach: You have this

Bleach is similar to drain cleaners because it contains sodium hydroxide. You can use bleach to help clear a clog. Allow the bleach to work it’s way through until the clog clears. Use hot water from the tap to wash the bleach down.
If you’re going to use any of the remedies above, be sure that you don’t already have other substances in your drain, standing water or pipes. A mixture of different substances may not be safe. For instance, don’t mix vinegar and bleach. This makes toxic chlorine gas. For heavy-duty clogs, call a professional immediately.

What now?

Save the Amazon orders for phone chargers and 30 packs of bottled water because tap water alone can solve 90% of your drainage issues. Now, after you finish impressing your roommate(s) and/or partner with your James Bond-esque resourcefulness, make sure to chop less organic vegetables near the sinkhole. You can also add a screen filter to catch those pesky quinoa grains and chia seeds that always seem to stray away from the pack. As for your toilet, maybe eating less fiber could do the trick. If all else fails, call a Maid Sailors. We unclog drains the same way Steph Curry drains three-point shots.

Clean Your Entire House With These Three Kitchen Ingredients

If you’re looking to reduce the cleaning products in your household, you’ve come to the right place. The good news is that you can you can clean with products that you probably already have on hand. For centuries, people have been cleaning with kitchen products such as vinegar, baking soda and even lemon juice (or fresh lemons.)

Whether you believe it or not, these items are safe and effective. More safe and effective than the harmful chemicals found in most cleaning products. If you start cleaning with these natural cleaners, you won’t only declutter your cleaning supplies but you’ll save money and you won’t have to worry about harsh toxic chemicals.
  1. Vinegar

Vinegar can clean both salmonella and E.coli. The two very things you’re trying to avoid when it comes to cleaning. It’s a natural disinfectant. You can either use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar depending on the task. You can use vinegar to:

  • Make your coffee pot sparkle. Run it with a pot filled with equal parts of white vinegar and water. Then let it sit for an hour.

  • Unclog the tub. Apple cider vinegar is good for removing hair that gets clogged up in the tub. Pour some down the drain (about a half of a cup) and let it sit in there for about twenty minutes before pouring hot water down it.

  • Clean the microwave. Take a microwave safe bowl and fill it with water. Then put about two teaspoons of vinegar in it and microwave on high about five minutes. Afterward, everything easily wipes away.

  • Prevent mold and mildew in the bathroom. You can use white vinegar in the bathroom to prevent mold and mildew. Do this by keeping it in a spray bottle and spraying it on shower walls, curtains, and tub after your shower.

  • Make glass cleaner. Take a spray bottle and mix one tablespoon of vinegar in one quart of water. Spray on glass surfaces and wipe dry and you have a homemade glass cleaner.
  1. Baking soda

Baking soda is known for keeping nasty smells out of your fridge. But it’s odor absorbing properties can do much more than that. And it contrary to vinegar it doesn’t hold a strong smell. Try out these tips for cleaning with baking soda:

  • Remove unwanted stains. Baking soda works wonders in a coffee pot or coffee mugs to remove the stains that come with making coffee.  Fill mugs or pot with one part baking soda to two parts water and let it sit overnight. In the morning, rinse and scrub.

  • Clean hair care tools. Soak your brushes and combs in one part baking soda and one part water solution. Do this for a few hours.

  • Get rid of pet odor. True to its word, baking soda is great for removing odors from your home. Sprinkle it on your carpet or furniture and let it sit for about twenty minutes before vacuuming.

  • Clean the grill. Sprinkle baking soda on your grill and let it sit for about ten minutes. Then pour hot water over it and let it soak for a few hours. When you come back you will easily be able to remove the burnt food and crud.
  1. Lemon Juice

Have you ever noticed that most of the products you find in the cleaning aisle have a citrus scent to them? That’s because some citrus, like lemons, are a natural disinfectant because of the acidity they hold. And as an added bonus using lemon around your house will make it smell great. Here are some things you can use lemon juice for:

  • Making a multi-surface cleaner. Take an empty spray bottle and fill it with a half gallon of water. Then add one tablespoon of vinegar and two tablespoons of lemon juice. Shake it up and you have a homemade multi-surface cleaner for your home.

  • Polish your furniture. By taking one pint (16. oz.) of vegetable oil, and one teaspoon of lemon juice and mix them together you can make your own furniture polish. Simply rub the furniture and you’ll have a clean and polished surface.

  • Prevent lime and rust. Take some lemon juice and rub it on your faucets. Let it sit overnight and rinse in the morning.

  • Remove stains from clothing. There are so many products out there that claim to remove stains and just don’t do the job. Apply lemon juice to the tough stain and a little sprinkle of cream of tartar. Rub it into the stain letting it sit until the stain it is gone, then throw it in the washing machine.

Looking for other ways to save money and clean your home? Check out our other post!

6 Tips On How To Declutter Your Bathroom

Ah, Bathrooms. The room in your house that is set aside strictly for grooming and maintaining healthy hygiene. Because this room in your house is solely for the purpose of taking care of business that means it can get pretty messy at times. We have some tips to help you get your bathroom clean and organized so you can end the clutter.
Here are six great tips for decluttering your bathroom:

Tip #1 Have A Designated Bathroom Basket 

The great thing about a bathroom basket is that you can put all of your bathroom cleaning supplies in it and you’ll always know where to find them. Grab a small basket from the dollar store and put it under the sink. Then fill it with Windex, bleach, toilet bowl cleaner, and you’re good to go.  

Tip #2 Get Crafty With Appliance Storage

There are many different things you can do to store hair care appliances like blow dryers and hair straighteners. For example, you can attach a file organizer or magazine rack to the side of your bathroom sink, or to the inside of a cabinet door. Then store your dryer and straightener inside. This way these are out of the way and not left out on the counter. The more counter space the better.

Tip #3 Make Use Of Drawers

Small miscellaneous items like Headbands, toe spacers, and bobby pins tend to get thrown on countertops and left to gather dust. Sort them into divided organizer drawer trays. You can get them at the dollar store in packs of three. And the great thing about them is that you can use them all throughout your house. You can also get a utensil organizer, the same kind you would use in your kitchen for forks, knives, and spoons, and put it in the draw for toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.

Tip #4 If You Don’t Use It, Lose It 

It’s common to walk into any private bathroom and find products that simply aren’t being used. Products that don’t work the way you thought they would. Or even products that are expired like old medicine. The sooner you get these products out, the sooner you have more space to play with. Make sure the products you actively use are front and center while products that you only use on occasion are put away.

TIp #5 Add A Recycling Bin

You may not know this, but there’s a huge problem with toiletries filling the landfills. Most if not all bathroom products come in plastic containers that are being thrown away after each use. They then end up piled up in a landfill where they won’t disintegrate. Just but a small bin by your trash can where you can throw the containers after you’re through with them. You can then reuse them for crafts or sell them online on places like Etsy and Ebay.

Tip #6 Install A Shelf

This might be one of the more obvious bathroom decluttering tips. But the real question is where do you install that shelf at? One of the best places to put a shelf is above your bathroom door. this is where you can put all of those products that don’t get used on a daily basis. And it looks neat too.

How to Remove Ink Stains from Clothing

Unfortunately, pens leak. And when they do, the ink stains anything and everything it touches. There are so many faux remedies for removing stains from clothing but very few of them actually work. The good news is that ink stains can be removed from your leather and other clothing if treated properly. This means if you catch it in time and follow these steps before putting your clothes into the washer you might have a chance.

We’re going to take you through the process of how to remove many kinds of ink stains. Ink stains from ballpoint pens, permanent ink, and even washable markers (easily washable on surfaces, not fabrics), that stain your fine leather and fabric.

How To Remove Ink From Leather

Before you try to take on a leather stain you need to determine what type of leather is it first. There are a few different types of leather including suede, vinyl, pleather, faux, and smooth. If your garment is suede or smooth leather, you need to take it to a dry cleaner that specializes in cleaning leather. Those types of leather are often the most expensive and you don’t want to ruin your chances with it. Besides, dry cleaners are trained to get those types of stains out they can help you.

If your garment is vinyl, pleather, or faux and you have an ink stain you can begin cleaning it with the following method:

Take isopropyl or rubbing alcohol, (works best for DIY removal of ink stains from leather), and begin by dampening a white cotton cloth or swab with the alcohol. You want to use a white cloth for this because a colored cloth can transfer its color to the leather. You don’t want to create an even bigger mess. It’s also important to know that the fresher the stain the easier it will be to remove it.

You should work from the outside in, dabbing gently with the cloth. Keep the work area small so you don’t risk spreading the ink. You should be able to see the ink transfer to the white cloth almost immediately. Use a new dampened area of the clean white cloth ink coming off to prevent re-staining the garment. Do this nice and gently until the stain is removed. Allow your garment to air dry afterward and/or between treatments if you have to do it multiple times. And you my friend, will have an ink-free piece of clothing.

How To Remove Washable Marker Ink From Clothes

The term washable marker doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s washable. Some of these markers are more washable than others. And some, just aren’t washable at all. If you have children then you know what I’m talking about. They can be a pain. But with a little alcohol and elbow grease, you can get the ink stains from these washable markers out of your beloved clothing.

Start by wetting a cotton swab with alcohol and testing a small piece of the garment to make sure it doesn’t damage it or cause discoloration. Look for a piece that’s not so noticeable just in case the alcohol doesn’t react well to your garment. If it doesn’t damage it, you’re good to go. You can start in on the stain by working from the outside in changing to a new swab as it absorbs the ink. If you find that traces of ink still remain on your garment after this process then it’s safe to move onto using products like OxiClean or Purex 2 color safe bleach. Following the instructions on the package, you’ll want to submerge the garment in the solution overnight (at least eight hours) before washing. It’s important to note that depending on the garment you might have to repeat this process a couple of times.

How To Remove Ballpoint Ink Stains From Clothes and Fabric

For people who have a home office, you probably have a ballpoint pen on hand. These can easily get thrown in the washer on accident and explode all over your clothing causing a huge mess. Don’t worry, we’ve been there too it happens. But how do you clean that nasty mess up?

First, you’ll want to take some rubbing alcohol and a damp white cloth and test it on a small piece of the clothing to make sure the alcohol won’t damage it. And Just like any other stain, you’ll want to work from the outside in preventing the spread of the stain. If you find that traces of ink still remain on your garment after this process then it’s safe to move onto using products like OxiClean or Purex 2 color safe bleach. Following the instructions on the package, you’ll want to submerge the garment in the solution overnight (at least eight hours) before washing. It’s important to note that depending on the garment you might have to repeat this process a couple of times.

5 Places You May Be Forgetting To Clean

Most of the time, it’s easy to see what needs to be cleaned in a room. It’s usually things like the pile of laundry on the floor or the pile of dirty dishes in the sink. We tend to pick up the obvious and leave the rest to pile on the dust. Some would say this is what they hire MaidSailors for. And they are right. But what do you do when you need to clean and the maid isn’t there?

Here are five places you’re forgetting to clean in your house:
  1. Walls, Baseboards, and Doorframes

Dust not only clings to horizontal surfaces but it clings to vertical ones as well. Like the walls, baseboards, and around the doorframes. If these surfaces have a textured layout to them, there’s an even bigger chance that dust will cling to them. It’s important to keep these surfaces clean to prevent dust in the air which can cause irritation to allergies. 
  1. Your Closet

When most people clean their closet’ they really just organize it. What they forget to do is, take their shoes out that are on the floor and vacuum. Or quickly wipe down the walls and baseboards that harbor dust. 
  1. The Vacuum 

This is probably the last place anyone would think to clean. When really it should be the first thing that you clean. when you vacuum, you are picking up debris and dust from your floors. You should be emptying the vacuum accordingly and wiping it out at the same time. This will prevent the debris from accidentally shooting back out onto the floor.
  1. Indoor Plants

If you have indoor plants that you’ve never cleaned you might want to go and check on them. Most indoor plants accumulate a good amount of dust. You don’t need to move them or clean them with any chemicals. Just take a microfiber rag, get it a little bit wet, and wipe down the leaves. Not only will your plant love you, you’ll love having a nice clean house. 
  1. Under The Furniture

Nine times out of ten, when you look underneath furniture there is a dust bunny or two hiding under there. These are places like under the couch, under the bed, and even under coffee tables. But no worries, they can be easily taken care of with a dust mop or a vacuum.

Want more tips? Check out this post on how to fight bathroom clutter.

Take Control of Unwanted Household Clutter

Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that some people are born hoarders? This means, that they aren’t just being lazy or being hard headed about their possessions. It’s actually a genetic condition. That being said, this isn’t the case for all hoarders. Some people are stubbornly attached to items on behalf of a trauma they have undergone. And then some people are just plain messy. Psychologist Randy Frost of Smith College explains some of the psychology behind hoarding and provides some excellent tips for conquering clutter.

 

Here are 6 tips to help you control that unwanted household clutter:

1. Recognize The Difference Between Hoarding & Being Messy

Chances are, you’re not a hoarder. You probably just have a million things going on, as we humans do in our busy everyday lives. It’s been studied by scientists and recently, hoarding was categorized in the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (DSM-5) as a disorder related to OCD. So no OCD doesn’t mean cleanliness. It’s an obsessive compulsion toward a certain act. It could be organizational or cleanliness or it could mean hoarding. You need to know the difference before attempting to end the clutter in your household. It may require more work than you think if you are indeed a hoarder. 

2. Don’t Rush 

There’s no need to go through your home and throw everything away. Organizing and sorting through personal items takes time. Start with the small things. Pick a certain room or section to work on each week. Or if each day if you have time on your hands. That clutter will be gone in no time.

3. Do Things Once 

When sorting through things, we tend to have a for now’ pile. This is a pile of things we don’t really know what to do with so we set them aside, well, for now. ’ But the problem is, we are just creating an even bigger mess. When you have a pile like that you really aren’t accomplishing the things you want to accomplish. So instead of having a for now’ pile, figure out where that item is going to go and put it there or toss it out. 

4. Scale Down 

If you have items that you have never used or items that you have only looked at once, it’s safe to say you can probably let those items go. You don’t have to throw them away in fear of wasting a good valuable treasure. You can donate them or even have a garage sale and make money off of it. That way you know it found a good home and you no longer have to worry about it. I always like to say that if you don’t use it, lose it. 
 

5. Make Use Of Storage boxes

If you truly cannot decide whether or not to toss or keep an item, keep it in a storage box. This is what they were made for. And when you use them, your space will look and feel more organized than it did when that stuff was laying all over the floor. 

6. Toss It

Just because you have books about gardening does mean you have a green thumb. And just because you got a good deal on them doesn’t mean you need to keep them. Truth be told, you probably shouldn’t have even bought them. But since you did and you haven’t touched them since we are going to go ahead and let those go. Give them to that neighbor you see taking care of their yard all the time. Put them up for sale on eBay. Or Regift them around the holidays. There’s plenty of things you can do with the things you don’t use. 

9 Fun Ways to Get More out of Your Dryer Sheets

I don’t know about you, but dryer sheets are expensive! And to only use them once in a load of laundry is a shame. But after some research, I found out that dryer sheets aren’t just for laundry anymore. How exciting! Now you can get more out of your money. And who doesn’t love that? I know I do.

Upon doing my research I found that there are a couple different types of dryer sheets formats on the shelves. One type is manufactured with a polyester substrate non-woven base and the other has a cellulose base that can be recycled as a paper product. Neat huh? You learn something new every day. There is also a variety of scents and some unscented ones as well. A little bit for everyone. But beyond using them for your basic laundry needs, you can use them all around your house too.

With dryer sheets now you can:

1. Lift-Away Pet Hair From Furniture & Clothing

The same properties that allow dryer sheets to minimize static in the dryer apply to removing pet hair from clothes and furniture. It’s easy. Just rub the sheet over the hair to loosen it from fabric. You can save used dryer sheets just for removing pet hair. If you’re trying to remove pet hair from furniture with hard surfaces, no problem just get your dryer sheet a little wet before dusting off the hair.

2. Have Fresher Smelling Shoes

Ok, it’s no secret that shoes can get really dirty and really smelly. And then we are putting our nice clean feet and socks right back into them on a daily basis. Yuck! Try Adding a dryer sheet to shoes and boots. You can cut or fold the dryer sheet to fit your shoe. And your shoes will smell better in no time. Dryer sheets also work for stopping the squeak on the bottom of your shoes. Rub the bottom of the shoes with a dryer sheet and it will minimize the friction between your shoes and the floor causing the awful squeak.

3. Remove The Static

If still here with me, and you should be we are only at number three. We talked about the properties in dryer sheets that help get rid of the static on your clothing. If you’re still experiencing a lot of static after you pull your clothes from the dryer, this could be due to your laundry detergent. But no worries, just take that same dryer sheet and rub it on your clothes. 

4. Keep Your Clothing Fresh When They’re Packed In Luggage

When packing your luggage for business trip or vacation. Take some dryer sheets and put them in between your clothing. This will keep them fresh and prevent them from smelling like a plane. Helpful hint: Instead of using new dryer sheets, you can reuse old ones. Just start a pile in your laundry room.

5. Clean Monitors

Do you have kids that are always touching the Television or your computer screen even though you tell them a million times not to? Sometimes it can be tough to get those greasy fingerprints off. Not today. Today you learn that you can take your dryer sheets and they wipe right off. It’s like they were never even there in the first place. Of course, I know this doesn’t excuse the irritation of you having to repeat yourself. It still helps.

6. Make Bug Repellant

Personally, I haven’t tried this. But I’ll try anything once. A lot of campers and outdoor Guru’s swear by the use of dryer sheets flea insects away. They rub them on their skin and tuck the sheets into tops of socks or collars. They even put them in their sleeping bags at night. Who knows maybe off will come up with bug repelling dryer sheet! 

7. Shoo Away Deer

Get your favorite scented dryer sheets and cut them into one-inch strips. Tie them to the trees or around your garden area and the scent will repel plant-munching deer. In case you didn’t know, deer are vegetarians. They live for fresh gardens like yours. You also want to make sure you have a polyester non-woven dryer sheet to avoid the stips melting during wet weather, which is deer hunting season.

8. Keep Fruit Flies Away From Fruit

Take a used dryer sheet and set it on your fruit. Not only will this keep fruit flies away, it will keep spiders away. I like to throw them in random places throughout the kitchen like by the fruit, by the coffee pot, and by the bread. 

9. Scrub Pots & Pans

Trying to tackle stuck-on food in a pot or pan? Place a non-woven polyester dryer sheet in the pan and fill it with very hot water, allowing the pan to soak overnight. The silicone on the dryer sheet will help soften the food. In the morning, take the dryer sheet and begin to wipe away the food. It’s easy and won’t scratch your pan either.
For tips on how to make your own dryer sheets check out this article on Hubpages.