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Creative Ways to Use Six Household Items

By on June 1, 2017
Creative Ways to Use Six Household Items

There is a tool for every purpose but if you bought the perfect tool for every job, you would quickly go broke. Luckily, there are plenty of everyday items that can be used for creative purposes. Keep reading to learn about some creative ways to use six household items.

1. Dryer Sheets

The next time you do a load of laundry, don’t throw away your used dryer sheets – repurpose them! Dryer sheets are great for removing pet hair from furniture and clothing – you can even dab a little fabric softener into it and then use it to clean your television or computer screen.

Use dryer sheets to scrub burnt food off of cookware or soap buildup from your shower. Use scented dryer sheets to keep your shoes and drawers smelling fresh. You can even soak them in warm water to clean paint brushes.

2. Toothpaste

In addition to whitening your teeth, toothpaste can work wonders around the house. Use it to fill nail holes in a white wall or use it to scrub clean everything from piano keys to headlights. Wrap some toothpaste in paper towel and place it under your seat as a car air freshener, or rub it in as polish for your nails. A dab of toothpaste can help remove pimples and you can even use it to hang posters on your wall.

3. Rubber Bands

The next time you have trouble opening a jar, stretch a rubber band around the lid to give you something to grip. Use rubber bands to keep your books closed in your bookbag or wrap it around a sliced apple to keep the slices from browning. Stretch a rubber band around the edge of your cutting board to keep it from slipping or around a paint can to wipe excess paint from your brush.

4. Aluminum Foil

You are probably already familiar with the culinary uses for aluminum foil such as grilling or keeping pie crusts from burning. You can also use it for some practical purposes.

To sharpen dull scissors, just cut through a few layers of aluminum foil or use it to line a painting tray during your next DIY project. Wrap paint brushes or rollers in foil if you plan to use them again and wrap it around doorknobs to keep them clean while painting. You can also use it to polish your silverware – just line a pan with foil, fill it with cold water, add salt, and soak your silverware for three minutes before rinsing and drying.

5. WD-40

Known for its lubricating benefits, WD-40 can also be used for a number of other things around the house – just keep in mind that many of these uses are not manufacturer-approved, so do them at your own risk. Spray WD-40 on your car’s roof rack or the grill to remove rust and dead bugs. Use it to remove the leftover stickiness after using duct tape or to remove those black scuff marks from your kitchen flooring. Spray a little on your window sills and eaves to keep away pigeons and coat your lawn and garden tools to repel rust.

6. Distilled White Vinegar

You might think of vinegar as a cooking ingredient but it is also a great substance for household cleaning. Vinegar can help you get chewing gum out of fabric or carpet and it can be used to clean everything from your coffee maker to your steam iron. Gargle some vinegar and water to soothe a sore throat or freeze it with water and grind up the cubes to remove odors from your garbage disposal. You can even use it to soothe sunburned skin or to relieve itching.

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