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Old 08-12-2003, 12:37 PM   #1
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A new kind of "Bounce" plan

I was really intrigued with this info when sent to me last week. We had been camping at a full hookup campground in Estes Park and had an uninvited guest in the shape of a mouse while there. Not sure if she came along for the ride or entered after we arrived, but was our first and now I hope, our last. Anyway, I might do a poll on this info after you all read and try some of the suggestions listed. Very interesting reading and seems as tho these dryer sheets would be a very compact, but useful and inexpensive item to include in our AS, if they work. I have placed quite a few in our "Mini" for the mice to circumvent. Enjoy!!

BOUNCE DRYER SHEETS WILL:
chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them -
repel mice when spread around foundations areas, in trailers or cars that are sitting -
take the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get open too often -
repels mosquitos and bees; tie a sheet to belt loop when outdoors -
eliminate static electricity from TV or computer; when you wipe screen it keeps dust from resettling -
dissolve soap scum from shower doors -
freshen air; place in drawer, closet, vacuum cleaner when sweeping, under seat in car, bottom of wastebaskets, bottom of laundry bag or hamper -
prevent thread from tangling by running needle thru dryer sheet before sewing -
prevent musty suitcases; place inside before storing -
clean baked on food from pans; put sheet in pan with water, let sit overnight and sponge clean -
eliminate static from venetian blinds -
wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering -
deoderize shoes
rub dryer sheet on clothes, or nylons to stop cling
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Old 08-12-2003, 03:38 PM   #2
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I have kept dryer sheets in every drawer, closet, cabinet and storage area in my Airstream for two years now and have not seen a critter of any kind. Amazing stuff!
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Old 08-12-2003, 03:55 PM   #3
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Did you place them because of the critters or was it just a happy coincidence that you discovered after the fact?

Did you know about some of the other benefits also? Leigh
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I had read that they kept critters out so I thought I would give it a try. I did not know about the other uses so thank you for the information. Jerry
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Old 08-12-2003, 06:13 PM   #5
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A used car dealer once told me he used them to take the smokers smell out of used cars. I now use them in my truck. My wife is a smoker and I can say they do work in getting rid of the smoke odor.
Don't know about the other stuff, sounds to good to be true !!!!

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Do you know what chemical Bounce is using.

Maybe the little critters are the smart ones?

I will give it a try. Have had a problem with ants and mice.
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HaHa.....

and we dry our clothes with these things

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Here is another trick from a woodworking magazine;

Sweeper cloths remove wood and sanding dust.
Procter & Gamble’s disposable refill cloths for the Swiffer dust sweeper make excellent tack cloths. The cloths do a great job of removing wood and sanding dust and do not interfere with subsequent finishes. They are relatively inexpensive and can be used repeatedly.
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I don't know what chemicals are used in the dryer sheets. Also don't know if you have to use the "Bounce" sheets or any brand will do. I think I remember once reading that prolonged use in your dryer might gum it up, but can't remember now exactly what it said. I remember when they first came out, I thought they were a a little too sickly sweet smelling for me, but they have come out with several 'scents' now - we used a citrus smelling one in "Mini". HOPE IT WORKS!!!! Leigh
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So tell me...what exactly do you do with the dryer sheets to keep the ants out or get rid of them? just toss a couple on the floor? a whole bunch of them? one or two? and does it have to be "bounce" brand, or does any brand work?
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Hi Chuck - Well, I got to tell you, I really am not sure how these work, cause I just got the info myself, so I am using the "Bounce" brand only to see if it helps with the mouse problem we had. The info sheet only talked about "Bounce" dryer sheets. We have put several on the floor, in storage areas, in bathroom and left a few on the cabinets. I would think doing the same would work for ants.

By the way, I had a bit of an ant problem last year in my house (the little sugar ants) they were sneaking in thru a seal crack in the window. I used chalk(sp?) (the kind that kids draw with) and rubbed it around the area they were coming in. I read about it in a book about saving money on everyday household supplies and it seemed to work. So that might be another plan of attack for you. My 2 cents worth and more.... Leigh
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I just called the toll free number on my box of Bounce.

The woman was very helpful. She explained that whenever the subject comes up, the management at Procter & Gamble adamantly say that the Bounce product has not been tested for any uses besides it's designed and intended use in the dryer.

But, she went on to tell me things she has heard from others. Those things of course not being supported by P&G.

I keep Bounce Free (no perfume) in my desk drawer. It works great to eliminate any static that my clothes pick up in the winter, and I don't suddenly smell like I just stepped out of the dryer.

I asked if I could use my Bounce Free to deter ants and bugs. She said she'd heard that it was the scent not the chemicals in the dryer sheets that deter pests, so she didn't think the unscented sheets would work.

Now I want to figure out a way to test the effectiveness of different scents. We have plenty of test ants in our yard. I just need to figure out how to set up the experiment...
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Cool Edie - I like your style!~~ keep us posted on which one seems to work. I didn't think about whether one scent might work better that another - just which one I liked. Could make a difference. Thanks for calling too!!!! Leigh
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Here's an article you might enjoy, in case you wondered (though it doesn't really answer the mysteries of why they would keep mice away)

How Do Dryer Antistatic Sheets Work?

I think I might go stick some in the trailer and the truck anyway, just to give it that dryer-fresh smell. Sounds like a good solution for The Funky Trailer Smell issue.
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