Keep Your Luggage Fresh (And More Weird And Cool Uses For Dryer Sheets)

Just a little travel hack for those of you with places to go in the coming weeks:

You know that not-so-hot, musty smell that your luggage (and its contents) tends to sport upon arriving at its destination? Here’s an easy fix: just toss a dryer sheet or three into your bag; when you get to your hotel, your clothing will be infused with a light, fresh scent.

(And speaking of fresh scents and travel: always make sure to pack a couple of odor-proof trash bags; these are great for separating dirty clothing from the clean stuff for the return trip, so you can minimize the amount of laundry you need to do upon arriving home.)

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(Evidence that I really do the dryer sheet thing, above.)


While we’re at it, a few more odd (and, I think, quite awesome) uses for dryer sheets, because they are tiny miracles:

– Set them in between folded sheets and towels in your linen cabinet.

– Slide them into your gym sneakers to zap odor.

– Place a few in storage bags containing off-season clothing, camping equipment, or other things that will be packed away for months on end.

– If you have static cling, rub a dryer sheet across the offending item to make it hang loose.

– Run a dryer sheet over your upholstery to remove pesky pet hair (and add a little freshness, to boot).

– Tuck them into your car seats to freshen your vehicle’s interior.

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