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These Common Household Items Have Uses That Will Surprise You

With rising prices of commodities, saving money isn’t a very easy task. Reducing our household bills can be next to impossible and resisting the urge to shop can be a little difficult. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to reduce your spending just by simply looking around your house. The trick is to be creative and resourceful.

There are several items inside our house that have multitude of purposes not known to many. A used bag of tea can be a degreaser, a frozen soy sauce pack can be used as a substitute for an ice pack, while dryer sheets can be utilised to pick up pet coat from the furniture or the floor.

Here are 10 genius ideas to utilise common household items in an unconventional way. 

1. Newspaper

Done reading today’s newspaper? Many use it as a cleaning material but only a few know that it has the ability to ripen tomatoes. Simply wrap the tomatoes individually and leave them at room temperature.

alternative uses of newspaper

2. Rubber bands

Are you tired of picking up clothes falling off the hangers? Use rubber bands to secure your dress to these hangers. Also, tying a rubber band around your door knob can actually prevent your door from closing.

alternative uses of rubber bands

3. Olive Oil

Looking for a safe and cheap eye make-up remover? Go to your pantry and grab some olive oil. For pregnant women, rubbing olive oil in their tummies can prevent stretch marks. It can also be an alternative for shaving cream for men.

alternative uses of olive oil

4. Eyeglass Cases

Spare eyeglass cases can be used as storage for jewellery when travelling. Earbuds can also be kept inside these cases.

alternative uses of eyeglass case

5. Socks

Afraid of breaking your precious glassware? Use socks instead of bubblewraps.

alternative uses of socks

6. Ground Coffee

Eliminate unwanted fridge odors by placing coffee grounds inside used margarine containers with holes on top.

alternative uses of ground coffee

7. Shower Caps

Packing shoes in your suitcase? Wrap the bottoms of your shoes so it won’t contaminate the rest of your clothes.

alternative uses of shower cap
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8. Toothpaste

Toothpaste can be used to eliminate blemishes and soothe mosquito bites. If there’s garlic or fish smell left in your hands, simply rub it to get rid of the odor.

alternative uses of toothpaste

9. Sticky Notes

Having difficulty removing dirt in your laptop’s keypad? Used sticky notes can help remove these.

alternative uses of sticky notes

10. Rubber Gloves

If you’re having trouble opening a jar, you can put on rubber gloves for better grip.

alternative uses of rubber gloves

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