10 Travel Hacks Using Dryer Sheets

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Travel gadgets that take up little or no space but serve a number of travel needs and cost next to nothing? Sign us up, please. One of our favorite travel hacks is dryer sheets. It’s amazing how many ways they come in handy while traveling. You can use them to reduce static in your hair and keep your suitcase smelling nice. Here are 10 other ideas for packing dryer sheets for your trip…

Wiping sand off before you leave the beach is just one way to use dryer sheets when you travel. Read on for nine more innovative travel hacks using dryer sheets! Travel Hacks for Dryer Sheets

Use Them to deodorize shoes 

Tuck a dryer sheet into each shoe before packing into your luggage, and it will prevent shoe order from getting to the rest of your clothes.  Hint: It works especially well on teenage boy’s sneakers.

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Use Them as bug repellent

The ingredients in dryer sheets are supposed to repel bugs.  Don’t wipe the dryer sheet on your skin; wipe your clothing with the sheet, then tuck it in a pocket before stepping outside.

Use Them To deodorize hotel trashcans

Bring a dryer sheet to throw in the bottom of your hotel trash can.  It will help absorb odors from food and other stinky trash, and will keep your room smelling nice.

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Use Them to Freshen hotel room drawers

If you are staying at a hotel for more than three days, it is nice to be able to unpack your suitcase and use the hotel room dresser drawers.  A dryer sheet will help absorb any “previous” odors in the drawer, and keep your clothing smelling fresh.

Tuck them between bath towels

Some hotels towels have an “old” smell, so tuck dryers sheets between towels to keep them smelling “just-washed.”

Use them to Clean a hotel iron

Dryer sheets work wonders on sticky hotel irons.  Just set the iron on low and rub a dryer sheet over the iron surface until the “sticky” is gone.

Use Them to Keep the Car Fresh During a Road Trip

I don’t know about you, but about day three of a road trip, our car starts to get a “funky” smell, especially when traveling with pets.  I toss a dryer sheet or two under each seat, and the “funk” is gone.

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Use them to Light that fire

Going camping or renting a cottage with a big ol’ fireplace?  Dryer sheets make a great fire starter.

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Use them to help you Leave the sand at the beach

Dryer sheets are great for getting dry sand off body parts.  Wipe your skin with a dryer sheet and the sand will disappear.

Use them to Clean your electronics on the go

Tuck a dryer sheet or two in your laptop bag. Dryer sheets are great for wiping the dust off iPad, laptop, and other electronic screens.

This post was originally written by Julie Cohen. It was updated by Cindy Richards.

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About The Author

Cindy Richards is a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist who serves as the Editor-in-Chief of TravelingMom.com. She also is the mom of two terrific teens who have traveled with her since that first, fateful plane ride when one preschooler discovered a barf bag in his seat pocket and his sister, finding none in hers, demanded, “I want a barf bag too!” She has been a reporter, editor and columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, an editor at Chicago Parent and Catalyst Chicago and an instructor in the graduate school at Northwestern’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism.

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