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Even using coupons, bathroom cleaning supplies can be expensive. But one of the very best cleaning tools available regularly gets thrown away without a second thought.

Recently, I had the most terrible ring in my toilet. Even Mr. Clean couldn’t have cracked the hard water and grime. I tried every cleaning product and scrub brush on the market and nothing worked! The ring scoffed at bleach. It shrugged at Scrubbing Bubbles. I was beginning to get desperate! I had to cringe when my mother-in-law had to use my bathroom.  One day I had a crazy idea, and boy am I glad I tried it. It’s saved me tons of money (and embarrassment)!

Here’s the big secret to solve all your powder room cleaning crises — dryer sheets. Who knew a little snuggly bear and sunshine breezes could outperform Tidy Bowl?! They don’t even have to be new dryer sheets. In fact, used ones work even better. Any brand works. I have tried Target’s Up and Up dryer sheets, Arm & Hammer and Snuggle brands.  All work well. No additional cleaner nor tons of elbow grease is necessary, even for the messiest situations!

Dryer sheets removed the ring on my toilet with a gentle swipe and left behind pleasant scent, which is a nice thing in the bathroom.  In fact, it worked so well I used separate sheets to clean my toilet and bathtub and grabbed more for the guest bathroom. A third sheet polishes up the faucets and chrome in a snap!

The fibers in dryer sheets and the weave create a grime-grabbing scrubbing tool that won’t scratch sinks and tubs. Fabric softener in the sheet make dirt and scum slip right off.

It used to take me about an hour to scrub the bathroom really well. These days I spend about 10 minutes. When I let the secret slip to friends and family they all tried it out and swear by this technique.

Now instead of throwing those dryer sheets away, I save them after each load of laundry.  When it’s time to clean the bathroom, I grab a couple of dryer sheets and my work is soon done!

Since my initial dryer sheet discovery, I’ve learned tons of other uses for these little laundry wonders.

  • Use to get sticky dust right off of furniture, blinds and baseboards.
  • Cleans up cooktops and greasy cupboards quickly.
  • Soak paintbrushes in warm water with a dryer sheet and watch the paint come right off.
  • Clean dead, icky bugs from the car.
  • Wipe pet hair off of clothes and furniture.
  • Run over thread before sewing to keep tangles away.
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