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Kitchen uses for dryer sheets

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AOL's home page today has a feature on extracurricular uses for anti-static fabric softener sheets.
Included: putting one into the warm water soak for pans with baked-on food will dissolve it away;
use a dryer sheet to polish away water marks on metal faucets and sinks; the sheets repel gnats.

I had not heard of these before, but the other 2 ideas (removing pet hair from fabric, deodorizing closets, gym bags) are pretty common knowledge.

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  1. I don't use dryer sheets but would love to know how well it works in removing baked on foods. Does anyone know how that works, and if there's another way to replicate it? Mr. Clean does a great job as baked on goods on some pans go.

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    1. re: chowser

      The dryer sheets work great to take off really stuck on food. You need to let it soak a bit, but it is amazing. I use them frequently at home to clean out the slow cooker insert, and took some in to work when someone completely incinerated some BBQ chicken sandwich filling in my favorite pot. It took a few overnights of soaking with the fabric softener sheets, but it came clean.

      1. re: jw615

        I might have to give that a try. Thanks!