Tennis balls to protect your floors, nail varnish to seal envelopes and old tights to strain rice – from cleaning tips to life hacks, who knew household finds could have so many other uses?
1. Scrubber: rather than chucking away a piece of used foil, scrunch it up and save it for those tough-to-clean pots and pans.
2. Scarecrow: a lot of birds don’t like foil. Cut some pieces of foil and hang them in fruit trees. Then pop a feeder out to avoid bird-scaring guilt.
3. Speed up ironing: place a layer of foil on your ironing board under clothes to make ironing faster and more efficient.
Glass jars and food tins
4. Desk tidies: remove labels and use tins and jars as a thrifty desk tidy.
5. Planters: large jars can be used as planters, and they look really cool too.
6. Cutlery boxes: aluminum tins look funky as knife and fork holders once the table is set.
7. Seals envelopes: seal or reseal an envelope by painting clean nail varnish along the top and pressing down.
8. Threads needles: we’ve all had that thread that just doesn’t play ball with the needle. Dipping the end in nail varnish and leaving to dry for a minute before threading will do the trick.
9. Colour code keys: rather than investing in key caps, use nail varnish to colour-code the tops of your keys.
10. Floor protectors: cut into the tennis balls and place them at the bottom of chair legs to protect your floors from scratches. You can spray paint them before hand to get them matching with colour schemes.
11. Parking aids: tie an old tennis ball to the roof of your garage at the back. This will help gauge the spot you need to brake and park instead of bumping the back wall.
12. Reduces eye puffiness: put a metal spoon in the fridge overnight and use it in the morning to reduce puffiness around tired eyes.
13. Dipping spoons: make your own chocolate dipping spoon by melting spare chocolate cubes into the spoon and leaving it to set in the fridge.
14. Skin softener: its moistening properties make olive oil an ideal skin softener. Apply a small amount to the face and body and see fast results.
15. Furniture polish: use a small amount on a duster to get wooden furniture gleaming.
16. Dusters: the soft fibers of tights make them ideal dusters
17. Food strainers: give old tights a wash and use them as a food strainer in the kitchen.
18. Soap tidy: sick of soap sliding around? Cut the feet of your tights off and pop bars of soap in the end. Tie up to keep soap out of the way.
19. Loosens up drawers and hinges: put petroleum jelly on the outside corners of drawers and on hinges to stop squeaking and loosen them up.
20. Boosts laundry power: adding 1/2 cup baking soda to your laundry powder to make clothes cleaner and make it go further.
21. DIY air freshener: make your own natural air freshener by placing baking soda in a jar and mixing with essential oils. Place some cloth over the top and secure with an elastic band.
22. Cleans tricky areas: an old toothbrush is a fabulous cleaning tool for those tricky little spots. Use an old toothbrush to remove grout grime and clean the soles of your shoes. Just make sure you don’t get it mixed up with your everyday one!
23. Grooms brows: instead of investing in a brow-grooming tool, a cheap toothbrush will get brows neat and tidy at the start of the day.
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