Stop scrubbing! How dryer sheets will help you clean up the kitchen

by Anna De Souza / / Source: TODAY
A dryer sheet could be the answer that'll solve your scrubbing woes.
A dryer sheet could be the answer that'll solve your scrubbing woes.TODAY

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You know you're in for a grueling triceps workout when you smell the faint odor of burnt Brussel sprouts in the air. For scorched pots, burned pans and glass bakeware, it can be a daunting task to get rid of that brown, broiled-in gunk. I'll admit I've tossed a dish or two when the going got rough and the tar just wouldn't budge.

Well, guess what. Put down the elbow grease and pull out a dryer sheet instead! Bet you never thought the laundry staple would rescue you from those epic kitchen disasters.

TODAY Home put this method to the test, and were shocked with the results! The conditioners in the dryer sheet help soften and cut through grease, effectively slashing your scrub time in half. Consider this your ultimate cheat sheet.

What you'll need:

  • Dirty pot, pan or dish
  • Dryer sheet
  • Warm water
  • Sponge

What you'll do:

1. Pour warm water into the dish.

Pour some warm water in the dish to start.
Pour some warm water in the dish to start.Anna De Souza

2. Place a dryer sheet on the surface of the water. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, or even overnight for really baked-in messes.

The conditioners in the dryer sheet help de-grease your dirtiest dishes and pans.
The conditioners in the dryer sheet help de-grease your dirtiest dishes and pans.Anna De Souza

3. Wipe dish with a wet sponge. Any caked on grease and food should lift easily with the soft side of the sponge.

Talk about a clean sweep!

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