I’m always amazed how resourceful people are these days. There are so many creative ways to use everyday household item; use salt to keep your car widows frost free, use mayonnaise to remover a bumper sticker from your car…the possibilities are endless!
20 Clever Uses For Common Household Items
These uses not only save you money but can help keep your family’s life more chemical free. Here are some of my favorites:
1 – Banana Peel: Whiten you teeth
Simply rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth to whiten them. It is said the magnesium, manganese and potassium helps whiten the enamel of your teeth
2 – Salt: Keep you car window frost free
Combine one cup of table salt with one liter of water. Apply the mixture on the inside of your car windows with a sponge to prevent frost from forming during cold weather months.
3 – WD-40: Remove crayons from walls
Use this lubricant to help remove pesky crayons marks on walls by spraying the WD-40 on the wall and wiping with a clean cloth.
4 – Lemon: Remove sticky foods and soft cheeses from your grater
Cut a lemon and rub the inside pulp along the grater to loosen food or cheese.
5 – Newspaper: Clean windows and mirrors
Wipe away touch streaks on glass and mirrors by using newspaper instead of a cloth with your window cleaner.
6 – Olive Oil: Loosen a zipper
Use a Q-tip coated with olive oil to apply lubricant to the teeth of the zipper. Zipper should move freely up and down.
7 – Dryer Sheet: Keep dresser drawers smelling fresh
Keep your dresser drawers smelling clean and fresh by laying a dryer sheet in the bottom of a drawer.
8 – Coffee Filter: Keep you fine china looking fine
Use coffee filters as spacers between your plates and bowls to prevent scuffs and scratches.
9 – Velco: Keep your sweaters pill-free
Use the hook side of velco to remove stubborn balls on sweaters.
10 – White Vinegar: Remove salt stains from boots
Salt can build up on boots during winter months. Soak a cloth with vinegar and wipe boots to remove dried salt.
11 – Chap stick: Stop a nick from bleeding
It doesn’t matter if you are a man or woman…have been shaving for a year or 30…we have all nicked ourselves while shaving. Forget the piece of toilet paper and apply a little chap stick to the area to put a stop to the bleeding.
12 – Baking Soda: Unclog a drain
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, covered and then follow with a gallon of boiling water.
13 – Re-Sealable Plastic Bag: Knead dough
Keep hands clean by placing dough in a re-sealable plastic bag first.
14 – Aluminum Foil: Replace dryer sheet with a foil ball
Instead of using a dry sheet, wad up some aluminum foil and place it in your dryer to remove static electricity.
15 – Cornstarch: Loosen knots
Have a tight shoe lace you can’t untie? Sprinkle a little cornstarch over the knot to help loosen things up.
16 – Aspirin: Itch Reliever
Have a itchy bug bite? Grind up some aspirin and add a few teaspoons of water to make a paste. Apply to your bug bites for relief.
17 – Mouthwash: Clean and freshen your toilet
Pour 1 cup of mouthwash into the toilet and allow to sit for an hour. finish with using your scrub brush as usual.
18 – Butter: Stop boil over
Add a bit of butter to boiling pasta water to prevent water from boiling over.
19 – Diaper: Make an ice pack
Pour 1 cup of rubbing alcohol into the diaper and then soak it with water. Fold the diaper and place it in a re-sealable plastic bag. Seal and place in the freezer overnight.
20 – Toothpaste: Buff out scratches on a CD/DVD
Apply a small amount of toothpaste to a cotton ball and wipe in a circular motion around the disc. Rinse with water afterwards.