Some people have sworn by the power of Bounce dryer sheets—and specifically Bounce, too—to keep mosquitoes away from them, and gnats out of their garden. Now scientists have proven the power of fluffy white sheets as an insect repellent.
Kansas State University Entomology Professor Raymond Cloyd and his colleagues wrote that Bounce original brand dryer sheets kept a certain kind of particularly destructive gnats away from a dish of food they’d normally chow down on. It might have something to do with the linalool present in the sheets, but there’s also beta-citronellol in those sheets, which sounds derived from the same chemical base as those ever-present citronella candles.
So if you’re a Bounce user, reach for it next time you’re seeing a surge of bugs hunting for you.