Window Screen Cleaning Tip

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How clean are your window or patio door screens?
Have you ever cleaned them? I tumbled upon this way to clean screens totally by accident.
Have you met Toby? He is our Wheaten Terrier and sometimes ornery. He loves to sneak by me when I am unloading the dryer and snatch the dryer sheet and totally tear it to bits! Sometime ago he had a dryer sheet and was preparing to tear it up, and I happened to be deciding how to clean a patio door screen. I grabbed the dryer sheet from Toby and wiped it across the screen. OMGosh! I looked at the dryer sheet and it was filled with dirt.
Just wipe over the screen. No more trying to take off the screen to wash it or trying to vacuum the screen.
This is a first swipe over the screen.
This is the second swipe over the screen. I usually keep wiping until the dryer sheet has nothing more to clean.
Suggested materials:
  • Dryer Sheet
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  • Jody Jody on May 08, 2016
    Are they new unused dryer sheets or used dryer sheets?

  • Eri21602681 Eri21602681 on Apr 26, 2017
    Where do you buy these sheets, please. Thank you.

  • Mary Smith Mary Smith on Feb 18, 2019

    Are they toxic to cats? I would love to rub my cat with one if it would keep flies away from him . Has anyone done this, or have a suggestion. He is miserable every summer from fly stings

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  • I thought that sounded like a great idea too until I attended a lecture where I learned that there are chemicals in dryer sheets which are toxic.

    What I find is a good and safe alternative is using a sticky, lint remover.

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    • Pat C Pat C on Sep 21, 2019

      Thanks for the lint roller tip - I will have to try it next time I need to clean the screens in a month or two!

  • Cindy Cindy on Feb 01, 2023

    oh my, thanks for the tip. But did you know dryer sheets are VERY TOXICE. please don't let your fur baby put it in their mouth.