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Why is there a tumble dryer in your mailbox?

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7;ve been scrolling the web lately, you might have noticed people talking about finding dryer sheets in their mailbox. You may have found one yourself. So why is it there? It could protect you from a stabbing shock.

Apparently, the trick originally surfaced on Reddit, where a postman explained that postmen put dryer sheets in boxes to ward off wasps. Apparently the stinging insects tend to build nests there.

Since dryer sheets are highly scented and wasps have a keen sense of smell, this irritates them and keeps them at bay.

Is this scientifically supported? Not exactly. There are no studies that have specifically examined how effective tumble drier wipes are at repelling wasps. However, it is worth a try! Over there have been studies that concluded that essential oils, such as ylang-ylang, cloves, lemongrass, and lavender, repel the pests.

So if you pull out a drying rack along with your junk email, just put it back. And if you need a wasp repellent while sitting outside this summer, there’s a hack for that too!

[Via Taste of Home]

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