Using conventional household items for unconventional purposes can help you make the most of the things you have at home. Discover the hidden potential of common household products with our countdown of 15 secret uses that will amaze you.
From everyday staples to kitchen gadgets, these clever tips will transform the way you look at your home.
15. Binder Clips
These versatile office supplies can do much more than just keep your papers together. You can turn these into cable organizers by clipping them to the edge of your desk. Thread your cables through the metal arms and bid adieu to tangled cords!
Clothespins are more than just laundry essentials. Using them as bag clips can keep your snacks fresh and crunchy. A simple attachment creates a practical and inexpensive solution to preserve your favorite treats.
13. Rubber Bands
Want to stretch the potential of rubber bands beyond bundling items? You can wrap them around jar lids for a better grip while opening. No more struggling with stubborn containers!
12. Hair Dryer
Your hair dryer does more than dry hair. You can use it for effortless removal of stickers and labels. The gentle heat from the hair dryer loosens the adhesive, making sticker residue a thing of the past!
Toothpaste is a secret multitasker hiding in plain sight! Apply a dab to a scratch on your phone screen and rub it in to minimize the appearance. Your screen will look as good as new!
10. Bread Clips
Don’t toss those bread clips! Instead, minimize your mess by using these clips to organize your cables and labeling them with a permanent marker.
9. Coffee Filters
Save yourself from extra cleaning by repurposing coffee filters as microwave splatter guards while you’re heating food.
8. Nail Polish
Nail polish is a quick fix for many household issues. You can apply a thin layer to the inner sides of your shower curtain rings to prevent screeching noises when opening and closing the curtain.
You can use these cotton swabs for more things than you can imagine! Dip a Q-tip in vinegar and run it along the tracks of your sliding glass doors to remove dirt and grime with ease.
6. Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets are secret weapons that you can place in your shoes to banish odors. Wake up to fresh-smelling footwear every morning!
5. Aluminum Foil
You can do more with aluminum foil than just wrap your food. Talk of a multi-homemaker! Sharpen your scissors by folding a sheet several times and cutting through it. Who knew, right?
4. Post-it Notes
Use your Post-it notes for more than task reminders. Clean your keyboard by sliding the sticky edge between the keys—say goodbye to dust and debris!
3. Plastic Bags
Plastic bags have more uses than you can imagine! Simply slide one over your hand while peeling fruits and vegetables to catch the peels, making cleanup a breeze.
2. Cotton Balls
Want to know what to do with cotton balls? Make the most of them by using them for more than just skincare. Soak them in essential oils and tuck them in corners to naturally freshen up your home with a delightful aroma.
Vinegar is a superstar multitasker! Sour, but indeed a lifesaver for other things! You can mix equal parts vinegar and water to make an all-purpose cleaner that can remove strong stains, grease, and grime from various surfaces.
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.