15 Creative Ways to Repurpose Everyday Household Items

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We often overlook the versatility of common household items, relegating them to mundane tasks. These items can often be repurposed in surprising and ingenious ways to make our lives easier and more efficient. Aluminum foil, coffee filters, rubber bands, vinegar, and more: these staples can do much more than intended. We’ll tell you about 15 things you never knew you could do with everyday household things. Read on to discover new ways to make the most of what you already have at home.

Sharpen Scissors with Aluminum Foil


To sharpen a pair of scissors, fold a sheet of aluminum foil several times to create multiple layers. Then, cut through the foil several times with the scissors. The foil’s abrasiveness helps sharpen the blades, restoring their cutting edge.

Make Snack Bowls with Coffee Filters

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Coffee filters can be repurposed as convenient, disposable snack bowls. Fold the filter’s edges outward to create a bowl shape, and fill it with snacks like popcorn, chips, or nuts. It is handy for serving snacks at parties or events where you want to minimize cleanup.

Keep Closet Neat Rubber Bands


Prevent clothes from slipping off hangers by wrapping rubber bands around the edges of the hangers. It provides a grippy surface that helps hold the clothing in place, preventing it from sliding off and ending up on the closet floor.

Cleanse Showerhead with Vinegar

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To clean a showerhead, fill a plastic bag with vinegar and fasten it over the showerhead with a rubber band. Leave it overnight for the vinegar to dissolve mineral deposits and grime. When you wake, remove the bag and run the shower to rinse off any residue, giving you a clean and free-flowing showerhead.

Deodorize Shoes with Baking Soda


Baking soda is a natural deodorizer for freshening up smelly shoes. Sprinkle a small amount of it inside the shoes and let it sit overnight. It will absorb odors and leave your shoes smelling fresher.

Give Your Cutting Board a Refresh with Lemons

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Lemons are great for cleaning and deodorizing cutting boards, especially wooden ones. Cut a lemon in half and use it to scrub the surface, squeezing slightly to release the lemon juice. The acidity of the lemon removes stains and odors, leaving your cutting board clean and fresh.

Dental Floss As a Twine

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In a pinch, dental floss can substitute kitchen twine when tying up roasts or other meats before cooking. Use the dental floss to tie the meat securely, ensuring it cooks evenly and retains its shape.

Make Glass Sparkle with Newspapers

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Dump paper towels and use crumpled newspaper to clean the glass for streak-free windows. The newspaper’s absorbent texture helps to remove dirt and grime without leaving streaks behind, leaving your windows sparkling clean.

Dryer Sheets to Fight Dust

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Rub over baseboards with a dryer sheet to repel dust and keep them cleaner for longer. Its anti-static properties reduce the dust that accumulates on the baseboards and make them easier to clean and maintain.

Use Chalk to Remove Grease


Chalk can be used to absorb grease stains from clothing. Rub a piece of chalk directly onto the grease stain, then launder the clothing as usual. It will help to absorb the grease, making it quicker to remove during washing.

Serve Condiments with Muffin Tin


Muffin tins are great for serving condiments at parties or barbecues. The individual compartments of the muffin tin are perfect for holding and displaying various sauces or toppings and make it easy for guests to help themselves.

Get Rid of Glass with White Bread

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To safely pick up tiny shards of broken glass, press a slice of white bread onto the area. The soft texture of the bread will collect the glass shards, making cleanup safer and easier.

Polish with Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is a natural furniture polish for wood surfaces. Simply apply a small amount of coconut oil to a soft cloth and use it to buff the wood, restoring its shine and luster.

Use Rice for Cleaning 


Clean hard-to-reach places in jars or vases by adding rice, water, and a little soap to the container. Seal and shake the container vigorously, allowing the rice to scrub the interior and remove dirt and grime.

Store Onions in Pantyhose


Store onions or garlic in pantyhose to keep them fresh for longer. Place each bulb in a separate section of the pantyhose and tie a knot between them to separate them. Hang it in a cool, dry place for optimal storage.


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