Ordinary house hold items and their extraordinary possible use


1- Remove crayon marks; Squirt a little bit of non-gel tooth paste on the wall where the mark. Rub gently with a cloth, and then rinse with warm water.
2- Deodorize hands; Can’t get garlic or onion smell off your hands? Wash them with toothpaste
3- Whiten sneakers; Clean rubber soles by rubbing scuff marks with an old toothbrush and non-gel toothpaste
4- Buff a DVD; Get rid of light scratches by squeezing a little non-gel toothpaste onto a cotton ball. Wipe over the DVD form center out to the edge. Rinse with water and dry with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth.
5- Defog goggles; Most swimmers know this one, coat the inside of swimming goggles with toothpaste, wipe off, they’ll be crystal clear and won’t fog for another 2 or 3 weeks.

Nail polish

1- Secure a screw; tighten loose screws on cabinet or pot handles by brushing some clear nail polish on screw threads, Insert the screw and let dry before using it again. Plus polish prevents them from rusting.
2- Stop tarnish; Keep costume or clothes jewellery from turning black with a coat of clear polish
3- Seal and envelope; Worried about whether the glue will hold? Brush polish underneath the flap.
4- Mend a screen or tights; Stop a small hole from getting worse by brushing a little bit of clear nail polish on the spot
5- Smooth a hanger; If there are rough edges on wooden or plastic hangers (or anything else) that could snag your clothes, don’t throw it away, just brush polish over nail.


1- Protect your wall; Put a small piece on the spot where you’re going to hammer in a nail. This keeps paint from chipping.
2- Tame scratchy clothes; Annoyed by a shirt label rubbing the back of you neck? Tape down the lable so it lies flat.
3- Save a button; If threads are becoming loos, put a small piece over them to hold the button in place.
4- Unstick plastic wrap; can’t find the end of the roll? Lift it up with a piece touched to the edge
5- Steady a candle; Fit it snugly in the holder by wrapping a few layers around the bottom to secure it

Dryer sheets

1- Deodorize shoes; Tuck a dryer sheet into smelly shoes over-night to eliminate odors.
2- Clean stuck on gunk; Put a fresh sheet in a pan with baked-on food and fill with water. Let sit for a few hours and the food will easily wipe away
3- Freshen up the shower; Rub shower doors and walls with a wet sheet to remove mineral deposits and soap scum
4- Ease sewing; Run a threaded needle through a sheet before sewing; it helps keep thread from tangling
5-Tame hair; Calm static electricity by running a dryer sheet over unruly hair

Hair dryer

1- Remover crayon marks or wax spills; Blow-dry the stain on high heat until the wax melts, then wipe it with a sponge
2- “Iron” out plastic tablecloth or shower curtain; Hot air on plastic relaxes wrinkles. Be sure you hold the dryer not  too close
3- Set frosting or icing; Want your cake or cookies to look perfect? Cool air help harden icing; hot air brightens a dull glaze
4- Unstick a photo; Blow warm air on the back of the photo album page while working the photo on the other side free
5- Dust hard-to-reach places; Point a dryer set on cool at those shelves and corners, and blow the dust right off.

Hand lotion 

1- No not that!
2- Get rid of winter clothing static; Put a small amount on your hands and rub them over your clothing or pantyhose
3- Polish your shoes; In a pinch, a little bit of lotion buffed with a cloth salves the leather and makes shoes shine
4- Moisturize under your gloves; Store a tube of it near your gloves, smooth some onto your hands every time you put them on
5- Get rid of frizz; Spread a little over fingertips (not directly on hair) and scrunch your finfers through the fizz. A great trick for the ladies room
6- Shave; Has that can of foam sputtered out? Grab a bottle of lotion as a stand in. Your legs stay moisturized afterwards

Petroleum jelly or Vaseline

1- Not for that either (or not only)
2- Protect your pet; If your cat’s or dog’s paw pads are cracked and dry, rub a little on them to soothe the discomfort
3- Wipe away water marks; Dab with petroleum jelly and let sit for 24 hours. Wipe off the excess and polish furniture as usual
4- Loosen up outdoor light bulbs; Dirt and dust can cause outdoor bulbs to stick. Rub a little on the threads of the bulb before you screw it in and it won’t stick
5- Sideline squirrels; Coat the pole of a bird feeder, squirrel won’t be able to get the food
6- Neaten your nail job (PLEASE!); Dab it on the skin around nails before polishing. If you make a mistake, the polish will easily wipe away


1- Clean mirrors, windows and wine glasses;  Use it like a mitt and wipe. Filters are lint-free and leave no streaks
2- Catch drips and crumbles; Have kids use it for cookies and other messy foods. Pop ice cream sticks through the hole in the bottom
3- Line flowerpot; Put a filter inside the pot to stop soil from leaking through the drainage holes on the bottom
4- Protect your dishes; Keep your best dishes chip and scratch free by putting one between each piece when stacking
5- Save the wine after you’ve broken the cork; If you pour the wine through a filter, you’ll catch the lost pieces of cork


1- Veggie wash; Remove dirt from greens like spinach, arugula and kale by swirling them around in a bowl of salty water
2- Keep windows frost free; Rub the inside of windows with a sponge dipped in salt water, and frost won’t collect
3- Banish bubbles; Get rid of excess suds when hand washing garments in the sink or doing dishes by sprinkling them with a pinch of salt
4- Clean greasy pan; Shaking a little salt on the pan before washing absorbs most of the grease
6 Remove water marks from wood; Make water marks disappear by making a paste of salt and cooking oil. Gently rub the paste onto the ring with a sponge, let sit for a few minutes. Wipe with a soft cloth and polish

Disposable cups

1- Raise your center piece; Don’t lose it behind the roast. Turn four small cups upside down to elevate it (push them together to hide them)
2- Make a string of lanterns; Have kids decorate plastic cups. Then take a strand of light and pop each light through the bottom cup
3-Save yourself dishwashing; Put out a permanent maker and have your gets write their name on their cup
4- Set Jell-O fast; Follow the speed-set instruction on the box, pour into small paper cup and refrigerate it’ll be ready in only 20min
5- Make a sifter; Poke holes in a cup bottom to sprinkle powdered sugar on desert. Just toss it when you’re done


1- Clean a coffee maker; Get rid of stains and mineral deposits by filling the reservoir with 1 part white vinegar and 2 part water and brew. Repeat every 3 weeks
2- Prevent colors from running; To keep new clothes or towels from losing color, soak them in 1 part vinegar, 1 part cold water for 15min before washing
3- Kill grass and weeds; Pour vinegar on upshots between bricks and flagstones. The acidic component kills young weeds in on dousing
4- Freshen wilted vegetables; Perk up soggy leafy veggies by soaking them in 2 cups cold water mixed with 1 tbsp vinegar for 10min. Rinse dry and serve
5- Avoid mouldy cheese; Soak a cloth in vinegar, wrap it around hard cheese and seal in an airtight container or ziptop bag. Vinegar prevents mould spores

Wax paper

1- Protect pans; Put a sheet between pans when stacking them. The thing coat of wax prevents rust
Store candles; Roll colored  candles in sheets of wax paper and twist ends to seal. They won’t get nicked up or scuffed when they’re paced in drawers
3- Shine a faucet; Rub chrome fixtures after cleaning to prevent water spots an finger smudges
4- Clean a handheld can opener; Run a piece of wax paper through the gears, it loosens dirt and coats them so they run smoothly
5- Unstick pages; Insert paper between wet pages of a book. When they dry they’ll good as new

Ziptop bags

1- Make a changing mat; Tear open the side seams of a gallon size bag and lay flat for an emergency diaper changing area
2- Clean a shower head; Pour a little white vinegar in a bag, rubber band it to the showerhead and soak for half an hour


1- Remove stains; Mark a ring around the collar stains heavily with chalk before washing. The dust helps absorb the oils, making the stain easier to clean
2- Stop tarnish; Wrap chalk in cheesecloth and store with silverware. It absorbs moisture and helps prevent tarnishing
3- Steady a screwdriver; Rub chalk over the handle of screwdriver to prevent slipping
4- Keep ants out; If ants are trotting into your house, draw chalk lines around their entry point. Many chalks contain calcium carbonate, which ants don’t like
5- Hide cracks; Cover hairline cracks in walls until you’re ready to paint by rubbing over them with a matching color

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