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Special Uses For Common Household Products

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We are in the age of recycling, but sometimes we do not know how to recycle certain items around the house.  Avoid buying extra items by following the ideas below to re-purpose some of your common household items, instead of throwing them away.

1)  Use charcoal to keep air fresh:  Place charcoal, in open bowls or perforated plastic bags, in your fridge or drawers to banish odors.

2)  Use plastic tops to catch paint off a paint brush:  Cut a hole in a lid large enough for a paintbrush handle. Slip the handle through the opening, and paint mess-free.

yogurt cups used to catch paint drops

3)  Use vinegar to revive old paint brushes:  Soak gunked-up nylon brushes in hot vinegar for up to 30 minutes to remove paint and soften the bristles. Afterward, wash them in hot, soapy water, brushing off paint as needed, then rinse and let dry—good as new.

4)  Use foam packaging peanuts to lighten up heavy planters: Pour peanuts into a large pot and add soil to boost drainage and make it easier to move.

use packing peanuts to boost drainage in and lighten large planting pots

5)  Use aluminum foil to sharpen scissors:  Fold a sheet of foil several times and cut through it with a pair of dull scissors to sharpen the blades.

6)  Use gift cards to get rid of air bubbles:  Rub the edge of a card along a freshly wallpapered surface—especially in corners and around tight spots near windows and doors—to help the paper lie smoothly.

7)  Use plastic plant pots to organize hardware:  Use seedling trays in drawers or on your workbench to sort and store nuts, bolts, nails, and odds and ends.

8)  Use shellac to restore old hardware:  After removing dirt and paint drips from hinges, knobs, and pulls, seal the pieces with clear shellac—it will keep brasses from tarnishing too.

9)  Use carpet scraps to move heavy furniture:  You’ve seen the infomercials for those furniture sliders, right? Well now you can make your own! Slide pieces of carpet pile-side down under-neath the legs of a bureau, bed, or dresser, then push it across the floor—much easier than lifting.

10)  Use sponges to keep water-loving plants moist:  Place a sponge in the bottom of a planter before adding soil, to keep water in reserve.

11)  Use coffee filters to keep windows clear:  Spray panes with glass cleaner, then wipe away with a doubled-up coffee filter. No lint, no streaks.

12)  Use car wax to unstick hinges:  Use car wax to lubricate the hinges of garden shears and scissors

13)  Use sand to give paint some grip:  In a bucket, combine 2 cups of paint with ¾ cup of sand. Use the mixture to coat stair treads; let dry, then top them with a coat of regular paint.

14)  Use plastic bags to apply waxes and creams:  Use a bag as a mitt to spread furniture wax or polish. Then buff to a shiny finish using a soft, dry cloth.

15)  Use chopsticks to label plants:  Create markers by stapling a plant’s seed packet to a chopstick and placing it inside the pot or bed.

16)  Use copper pipe to hold toilet paper:  Copper gleams as a support for toilet paper.  To keep its sheen, spray it with lacquer.

copper pipe used as toilet paper holder

17)  use dental floss to hang pictures:  Braided wire can mar your wall, use dental floss instead.

18)  Use old magazines to keep glass paint free:  Who needs tape? Before painting window muntins, wet the edges of magazine pages and press them onto the panes, edges against the muntins. After painting, the paper peels off easily.

dental floss used to hang picture frames

If you need assistance with any home projects, or utilizing some of the above techniques, click the contact tab to the right and let Screw Loose?  LLC take care of the rest.


Thanks for your time, I hope this helps……………………

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