One Green Thing: Second time around

By Jan Herbert
Rockford Park District

Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”

Since I don’t use these, I must be honest … none of these has been tried. If you have fabric softener sheets around the house (you know, the ones that go in the dryer), give these “re-use” ideas a shot. Yes, supposedly the dryer sheet can already have been used for its original purpose. So, what could be better than getting a second use?

Hard water makes water spots on chrome (faucets and handles). A dryer sheet will buff them to a spotless shine.

You can fight the static cling of pet hair! Roll the sheet against the item with fur where you don’t want it. If this is true, someone has solved an age-old problem.

Toss a fabric sheet into that casserole dish you baked in (macaroni and cheese, lasagna, etc.), along with some warm soapy water to diminish the elbow grease needed to clean the pan. By tomorrow morning, you should be able to easily finish the job.

You know those annoying gnats? A study says there are chemicals in the sheets that prevent gnat larva from bothering your indoor potted plants. (It didn’t report if you just toss one into the bottom of a pot, or if you have to rub the leaves with the sheet.)

And, of course, the most obvious, these sheets are scented. Add them to offensively smelling areas such as sneakers, in the kitchen wastebaskets or a school gym bag.

Let me know if the more weird of these work … I’ll be over to pick up your used sheets!

For more information, e-mail Jan Herbert at

From the March 21-27, 2012, issue

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