Monday, September 10, 2007

Since Today Is Not Too Insane, Let's "Bounce" To A Story About One Of Life's Greatest Multipurpose Inventions

Today is a boring day in our crazy and insane world. Isn't that nice? So today, with inspiration from Melinda Lee who hosts a cooking radio show on a local AM station KNX, I've decided tohelp you all get the most use out of something you probably use every day. Bounce Dryer Sheets! Dryer sheets are a wonderful invention. They have saved me many times when I forgot to put the fabric softener in the washing machine. Even if you don’t need dryer sheets, it’s good to keep a box on hand. Keep an empty tissue box next to the dryer and stick used sheets in it for later use.

Dryer sheets were a creative, but limited invention upon their conception. But they have come a long way. First of all, I want to mention a way to make dryer sheets last longer for their traditional use. Cut the dryer sheets in half before using. They will still work for an average size laundry load to eliminate static, make clothes soft, and make clothes smell nice. Or use a dryer sheet two, three, even four times before throwing it away. It is still effective.

Dryer sheets are useful for much more than making clothing soft. They can be used for the home, outdoors, cleaning, and more. Here are more than a few handy uses for them.

A sheet will repel mosquitoes on your patio. Hang a sheet when outdoors during the mosquito season.

Eliminates static electricity from your television and computer screen. Fabric softener sheets are designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television and computer screen with a used sheet to keep dust from resettling.

A sheet can be used to dissolve soap scum from shower doors, and the tile walls. Clean the surfaces with a sheet.

A fragranced sheet can be used to freshen the air in your home. Place an individual sheet in a drawer, hang one in the closet, locker at the health club, locker at work or under the seat of your car or truck. Leave several in the RV or camper while it's in storage.

A sewing needle run through a sheet prior to sewing, can prevent the thread from tangling.

A sheet left inside suitcase luggage or travel baggage can prevent musty odors. Place a single sheet inside the empty luggage before storing.

Fabric softener sheets are claimed to clean baked on foods from cooking pots and pans. Place a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight. Next morning sponge it clean. The antistatic agent apparently weakens the bond between the stuck on food between the pot or pans surface. The fabric softening agents helps to soften the baked on food.

Placing a sheet at the bottom of the wastebasket, helps eliminate odors found in wastebaskets. Placing an individual sheet at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper will accomplish the same results.

Collecting pet hairs. Rubbing the area with a sheet will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

Eliminating static electricity from venetian blinds and window coverings. Wipe the blinds with a sheet is said to prevent dust from resettling.

Wiping up sawdust, on the shop workbench, from drilling or sandpapering is easy. A used sheet will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

They will take the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.

Placing a sheet in your shoes or sneakers overnight, will help to deodorize them and as a result they will smell much better in the AM.

Remove static from clothing, hair, TV screens, and computer monitors. Wipe the surface with a sheet.

Tackle suitcase and gym-bag odors. Place a dryer sheet in your suitcase or gym bag so your clean clothes won’t take on the odors of the dirty ones.

It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice. Spread them around foundation areas, or in trailers or cars that are sitting. It also keeps mice from entering your vehicle.

Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.

Freshen the air in your car. Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away.

Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. Keeps them smelling fresh.

And all this time I've just been putting Bounce in the dryer!