Last month we shared the first in the Series of Household Heroes. This installment will provide you with additional uses for common household products. We hope this will save you money and will be friendlier to the environment.

Dryer Sheets

Dryer Sheets will freshen the air. Place an individual sheet in a drawer, or hang one in a closet, health club locker, or work locker, or under the seat of your vehicle.

Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded sewing needle through a sheet before sewing.

Prevent musty luggage odors. Leave a sheet inside travel baggage between uses.

Soak cookware with burnt or baked-on food in warm water with a dryer sheet or two. Makes clean-up easier than you would expect. Also works on cook tops and dingy cabinet doors.

Eliminate static electricity from your clothes, stockings and hair, by patting with a sheet.

Dissolve soap scum from shower door and tile walls. Clean the surfaces with a sheet.

De-stink your pets. Scrub dogs or cats, especially wet ones, with a dryer sheet before they enter the house.


Remove stubborn price tags or stickers. Paint them with several coats of vinegar, let the fluid soak in for five minutes, then wipe away the residue.

Kill weeds in paving stones and sidewalks. Fill a spray bottle with straight vinegar and spray multiple times between cracks.

Make wool sweaters fluffier. Drop in a couple of capfuls of vinegar during the rinse cycle for an extra-soft feeling.

Olive Oil

Polish wood furniture with a teaspoon of oil and a soft ray.

Remove paint from your skin

Fix a squeaky door by using a rag or cotton swab to apply olive oil to the top of the problem hinge.

Tissue Box

Store plastic grocery bags in the empty box.

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