Magic of Dryer Sheets: How I Get Rid of Those Stubborn Bathroom Rings!

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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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92 thoughts on “Updated! Magic of Dryer Sheets: How I Get Rid of Those Stubborn Bathroom Rings!”

I am having a terrible time cleaning the grout on my kitchen floor. I think there is a layer of grease residue that dirt sticks to. I have used bleach, oxi-clean products, vinegar, baking soda. Does anyone have a suggestion? Thanks for your help….

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I tried everything nothing worked for me , So I told my I can’t stand this grout so dirty either paint it darker or I’m going to bust the tile up. So he painted it got the paint at Home Depot , worked wonders now my floor looks clean , love it .

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plese dont use denture tablets to clean your spectacles! as suggested. Most eye glasses come with coatings now and this will strip off the coat!

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DO NOT FLUSH the dryer sheets!!!! Clogs up septic tanks and public sewage lines.

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OMG this really works. I have tried and tried to get rid of toilet bowl rings and stains and this really works and old dryer sheets.

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I have used dryer sheets as a car freshener. I leave a partly opened box in the car, under the passenger seats or way in the back of my car. After a few months I will use them in the dryer and replace with a fresh box in the car.

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JUST how do you used them? let them soak /wet and wipe? HOW ???

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From a previous reply:
Drop a sheet or two in the toilet bowl. Add 2 cups hot water. Wait. Use your brush to swish/ scrub it around inside the bowl, concentrating on the fill line and hard water stains. Remove and dispose of in trash – DO NOT FLUSH! Let sit a bit and clean as usual. Wait and flush. Repeat as needed.

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Just tried with gain dryer sheets. Didn’t work

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Used dryer sheets work great to clean sticky irons. Just turn off the steam and iron the dryer sheet and the residue on the iron sticks to it.

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This is absolutely brilliant!

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I need help with getting rust off bath tub and shower walls. Help thank you

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wow gonna try this thanks for the tip!

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Wow thats an awesome idea. thanks

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My family used dryer sheets to get rid of extra static cling in your slip on Sunday morning. But these ideas are awesome. Thank you

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what are dryer sheets?

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The sheets you put in the dryer with a load of laundry to make your clothes soft.

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I am glad I found The Krazy Coupon Lady. I’m interested in trying all of your tricks. Anything to make life easier. Thank you.

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Do you have to get it wet first? That might be a silly question…

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No silly questions, dryer sheets can clean / polish wet or dry, depending on the job. Bigger jobs? Try them damp… wipe dry.

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I sticky harm in between mattress and box spring at hotels. They say dryer sheets keep you safe from bed bugs

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I dont see were it explains how to clean the toilet using the sheets. Please explain ffurther

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I’m guessing to shut your toilet water off and then using the used sheets, start scrubbing. That’s my guess which I will try.

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Drop a sheet or two in the toilet bowl. Add 2 cups hot water. Wait. Use your brush to swish/ scrub it around inside the bowl, concentrating on the fill line and hard water stains. Remove and dispose of in trash – DO NOT FLUSH! Let sit a bit and clean as usual. Wait and flush. Repeat as needed.

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Will definitely try this. Thanks!

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Will definitely try this. Thanks!

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Can’t wait to try this.

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I want to try this

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I feel kinda dumb for asking.. but what’s a toilet ring? Is it those brown stain inside the toilet bowl?

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Yes – they are from calcium, lime / rust deposits – naturally in all water – that settles like glue in the bowl.

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I use dryer sheets to get bugs off the front of my car. Just dip them in water and youd be amazed how fast they come off! Doesnt scratch the paint either

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Double like! I use them to cleen other messes too, like ones left by our dog and baby (after they eat, they splatter everywhere).
Great idea, thanks!

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After I fold my clean laundry, I immediately dust the house with my used dryer sheets. For stuff like electronics, nothing works better than you-know-who’s expensive fiber dusters, but for picture frames, book shelves, head boards, vanities, dressers and armoires, ceiling fans, light fixtures, and pretty much every other surface in your house that can collect dust, these things rock. They don’t last a super long time like the fiber dusters, but one sheet will dust my entire bedroom.

I’ll stick to dusting with my dryer sheets though; I haven’t had a ring in my toilet since I started using the stick on gels in the bowl.

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the best use ive found for recycled dryer sheets is……if you have a dirty greasy ring in your washing machine!! cleans it like a breeze….try paper towel or an unwanted rag, then try the dryer sheet, AMAZING!!

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It will also grab hold of those pesky little kitty and doggie hairs in the washer after you finish a load that stick to the walls of the machine. It snatches them right up!

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That is a wonderful picture.

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Lots of great tips here for using dryer sheets. My favorite use is in my teenage grandson’s shoes to kill that awful odor. He is forbidden from taking off his shoes in my house like everyone else does.

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For those that have “lovebugs” like us in Florida, a little water and dryer sheets work like a charm to have them wipe away without scratching the paint. My dad taught me that one not too long ago 

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This is clever!  I’ve never heard of this.  Along the same lines, I save the lint that I pull from my dryer lint trap and stuff it inside empty toilet paper rolls.  I keep them so we can use them whenever we want to start a fire, dryer lint is highly flammable.  It’s a good way to get one more use out of these products that typically just get tossed out into the trash :-))

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dryer sheets (not used, they work better with the “stuff” on them) will keep or removed water spots from those clear glass shower doors. get the door wet, wipe the whole thing down with the dryer sheet (circular motion so you don’t miss spots), rinse, dry. I didn’t believe it would work but it did.  I use a pumice for the toilet rings but mine is all used up so I’ll definitely try the dryer sheets, thanks!

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works great on old mirrors too! but only after being used so there is no stuff left on them.

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Great tip. I’ve gotta try this on my tub, which I hate cleaning lol.

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I use dryer sheets as air fresher in the air vents placed between the air filter and the vent cover. I also keep used dryer sheets in a ziplock bag in my purse for when ever my hair has just too much static electricity and will not lay down flat. I just simply run the dryer sheet over my hair, and it just removes all of the static electricity that was causing it to stand up.

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I use dryer sheets as air fresher in the air vents placed between the air filter and the vent cover. I also keep used dryer sheets in a ziplock bag in my purse for when ever my hair has just too much static electricity and will not lay down flat. I just simply run the dryer sheet over my hair, and it just removes all of the static electricity that was causing it to stand up.

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I use dryer sheets as air fresher in the air vents placed between the air filter and the vent cover. I also keep used dryer sheets in a ziplock bag in my purse for when ever my hair has just too much static electricity and will not lay down flat. I just simply run the dryer sheet over my hair and it just removes all of the static electricity that w as causing it to stand up.

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So your telling me I have been scrubing,wiping, and cleaning all these years when I can just used a dryer sheet? whhoooaaaa. hehehe omg im tempted to get up of bed and go clean the bathrooms? lol In a side note, aluminum foil is GREAT to clean the burn oil of your stainless steal pots and pans.

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I just tried this on an old silver bracelet the other day. Aluminum foil, baking soda, and boiling hot water are also a great way to clean stained silver in case anyone didn’t know that. Rinse it off with water when you’re done, and it looks good again.

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Awesome! Does it remove soap scum in showers by chance?

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They’re good for the gym bag

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Used dryer sheets are also great for dusting electronics.  

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Their should be a tip section, gotta try this!

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Vocalpoint has a pretty good tips section.

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I save my used dryer sheets and use them to clean my baseboard, corners of the floor that don’t get mopped or swept well, or the top of the moulding above doors. 

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My mother uses dryer sheets as dust cloths. It picks up everything on the dresser and other furniture. I’ll try using the used sheets on the toilet as mentioned. Thanks!

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…they keep vampires away…just keep one tied around your neck. It works! I’ve never been bitten by a vampire since I started using dryer sheets.

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HAHAHAHAHAA
I check KLC just for you Pizzaz 😀

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LOL…Thanks for the encouragement! :)

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You are a hoot Pizzaz :)

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Glad you think so…HaHa! :)

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Where did you find garlic scented dryer sheets????? My hubby would love love love that!

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Transylvania…a store called BloodMart. :-)

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that was funny i needed that laugh!!

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I totally hide dryer sheets all over the place. Under the seats in the car, under the furniture in the house, where ever I can find a hiding spot. They serve as wonderful air fresheners. As for cleaning the bathroom, they’re awesome. When scrubbing the shower, I put one on the end of my broom. That way I don’t have to break my back to get to everything, also keeps the broom clean. (You’d be amazed at how dirty one can get.) Also, I like keeping ‘get well soon’ cards on my fireplace mantle just in case someone unexpectedly drops in for a visit. That way I can act like I’ve been sick and haven’t had the energy to dust, vacuum, etc.

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They also help keep mice away from things.  They don’t like the smell of them, handy things they are!

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 Too Funny re the get well cards and pretending to have been sick. :)

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I love that idea! (the sick one)

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This is the BEST tip EVER

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You need to get out more! :-)

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LMBO!

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Don’t worry it is the little things in life. lol

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Dryer sheets also work as mosquito repellent.  Just rub on your body and clothes and put one in your pocket!

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We tried that the other night at a ball game they left for a minute and came right back!

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It has always worked for me and my sister. But the only scent that works is the original bounce. My sister heads up cheering here where we live, and she actually tells the parents in the initial parent meeting to keep one in the uniform when not wearing it, rubb it on the uniform before use and sometimes even tuck one into their spankies. She even keeps them in the emergency kit. Lol. My daughter is now 17 and I did it for her since she was 7 or 8. We have terrible bee problems at all the football fields around here, and it has always seem to keep them away.

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Well that’s cool! We will have to try those, I believe my daughter had a store brand. Thanks for the tip that will be cheaper than buying the little Off fans 

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Hey you surpassed me in rank!….. Guess i better get on the ball. lol Just kiddin.

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Pizzaz leaves a dryer sheet under the seat of my car and it serves as an air freshener.

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 Thank you all for sharing!  Any easy cleaning ideas are welcome here!  😀

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To clean the ring in my toilet, I use a pumice stone. It can be found at Walmart with other bathroom cleaning products for about $2. It is natural, does not scratch the toilet surface, lasts a long time, and is super easy. It also works on removing stuck on items from other surfaces, including the oven. I do not use dryer sheets, so for those that don’t, this is another inexpensive and easy way to clean your toilet and more.

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I’ve been using pumice stones to clean toilet rings for years. They are especially good on hard water rings in the toilet.

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We have extremely hard well water here and it ruins everything!  I have to use the pumice stones also but I’m going to try the sheets for “light duty” scum.

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If you have a real toilet ring the dryer sheet does not work. I just tried it and started wondering how many people had been duped into this. My rings are bad, but not that bad. This is a misleading and erroneous tip. I sure hope the pumice stone works because otherwise I am out of ideas. Oxiclean?

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A couple sprinkles of the old fashioned Comet works great.

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pumice stones do work even on tough rings ,,,, but be careful they will scratch if used aggressively

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Has anyone use the dryer sheet for cleaning the shower stall and door?

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I’m going to try it tomorrow…my shower needs it badly.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Using dryer sheets on your shower walls and doors works wonders.
I clean my shower doors and walls once a week with used bounce sheets. I make sure the doors and walls are wet and just wipe them down. Amazing how the soap scum wipes off and leaves my shower doors clean and spot free. You will need to rinse them off as you wipe them clean. :)

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Sue.
I have tried every cleaning product to get our glass shower door clean. It was so frustrating.  Here is what FINALLY worked. Take 1 cup of white vinegar and microwave it for 2 minutes on high.  Now pour it into a clean spray bottle.  Add ONE cup of original blue Dawn dish soap.  I’ve even used Walmart’s knock off brand and it worked fine.  (You may have to use a funnel to get the soap into the spray bottle because it’s so thick).  Now shake the bottle and spray it on the door or any surface that you want CLEAN.  You can let it sit for a few minutes. Now use a micro fiber or a Mr. Clean Magic eraser and watch your shower door look amazing. Let me say this, even my husband said.. WHAT did you do?  Try it!  You don’t have to microwave it for each use, just the first time. Careful when you use it in the shower though, because it is very slick and you don’t want to slip and fall. 

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Dryer sheets are awesome! They take ink pen and even CRAYON off the wall. I love my kids’ artwork, and now when they take it too far its not such a big deal.

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sounds like that’s what’s in those Mr. Clean Magic erasers…hmmm, I wonder!!!

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I love the idea of using stockpile items for other purposes…sort of along the same lines, I use an empty soda can box (12-pack) for storing all those razors we have stockpiled.  They fit perfectly and I love that they are neatly lined up and sitting upright :)

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My mother-in-law uses them when she does dishes.  If you have a pan with really yucky stuck on food, just put a dryer sheet and a little bit of water in the pan, leave it to sit for a bit & the mess comes right off, no scrubbing needed.  It’s amazing.

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I’ve tried it with burnt on food and never had any luck.  Had to break out the SOS pad.

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