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What Are Dryer Sheets?

Dryer sheets are helpful in removing static cling that can result from putting clothes in a dryer. These thin tissues (with a consistency quite similar to gauze) are as large as a sheet of Kleenex. Most are scented, and come in convenient pull-up dispenser bottles. They are sold in supermarkets in the same aisles that hold laundry detergents and fabric softeners.

Static cling results from the friction caused by clothes tumbling inside a dryer. The friction makes electrons in materials “exchange” so that some are negatively charged and some are positively charged. Studies show that clothes in the dryer can generate as much as 12,000 volts of electric charge.

Dryer sheets not only reduce the charge but also provide other benefits. Some of them can help the clothes become softer, and others prevent wrinkles and reduce the need of ironing. These can all be quite helpful for busy individuals and make the chore of doing laundry a lot easier.

Some say that dryer sheets can also be used for other things as well. For example, they can be helpful in cleaning mini blinds, taking off soap scum off shower doors, and reducing static cling on TV screens. Others place a few sheets in clothes drawers or closets or even inside garment bags to help avoid that musty scent.

Despite all these benefits some people are worried that dryer sheets contain carcinogens, though others say that these fears are unfounded since they never come in direct contact with the skin, anyway. Nevertheless there are now natural dryer sheets that do not use any chemicals and can still be effective in preventing static cling. Some brands promise that it will work for 500 loads of laundry and can be kept and left in the dryer.

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