2 dryer sheet hacks you've never heard of

Dryer sheets: They do so much more than just stop static cling and soften tees. Apparently, the laundry accessory makes a great beauty bag addition (who knew?), and to prove that point, we've rounded up some of our best at-home hacks you can do with a single sheet.

With summer just around the corner, temps are rising, humidity is thicker than ever, and mosquitoes are running rampant. Luckily, we've got a trick to ward off the incessant insects — and it's bug-repellant-free. Using a single dryer sheet, rub the woven cloth all over your body — from head to toe — and your clothes (yes, over your jeans and T-shirt). The sheet's scent will ward off pesky mosquitoes and gnats, leaving you itch-free all summer. Pro tip: Keep one or two fresh sheets stashed in your back pocket for quick coverage in a pinch.

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"Oatmeal is soothing in nature. "It contains potent antioxidants, known as avenanthremides, which reduce inflammation and may calm itch," says Zeichner. To whip up your own concoction, simply mix a couple spoonfuls of oatmeal and water into a small cup to create the paste, and then apply directly to the bite.


Ice Cubes

"The easiest way to stop itching is to hold an ice cube on the bite," says Debra Jaliman, a New York City-based dermatologist. "Since the brain can only process one sensation at a time, the itching will stop as you will feel the intense cold."



Because yogurt is made with proteins that coat and soothe the skin, Zeichner says the creamy snack makes for a great inflammation reducer. Plus, the probiotics in yogurt also have skim-calming properties, which can help repair a damaged barrier.


Aloe Vera

This chic succulent does more than just add flair to your Brooklyn apartment — the green plant is an anti-inflammatory. Simply squeeze the gel from the actual plant and apply it directly to the infected area, advises Jaliman.



Skip the spoonful of honey and instead apply it directly to your itchy spot, says Zeichner. "Honey has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, which can help relieve symptoms," Zeichner says.



Not only can your go-to headache medication relieve pain when ingested, but as it turns out, when dissolved in water and turned to a paste, it can calm bites down as well when applied topically, says Zeichner.



If you've got a penchant for frizz the second you step outside, commit this next hack to memory. Combat humidity and strand static by literally skimming the sheet across hair — from root to end. The positively charged ingredients in the cloth bond to the negatively charged surface of your hair, neutralizing the charge, leaving you with a soft, silky finish.

For the full demonstration, check out the full video here or above.

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