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Seven Crazy Uses for Your Common Household Items

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“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.”

~ Proverbs 31:11

I’ve had a blast today creating graphics for this topic on repurposing household items. I hope you’ll feel free to share your own ideas in the comments section below, or share it on my Facebook page here:

You might want to take another glance at some common items in your home – they may have a crazy or unusual use that you’ve maybe never thought of before!  Don’t you love it when you save another dime or dollar?  Your hubby loves it too when you’re thrifty.

Here’s  seven common items with uses that may surprise you!

1. Lemons


Deodorizing: Rubbing half a lemon or a lemon slice under your arms is said to kill bacteria that causes body odor. (I need a ton of ’em to use on my boys, hee hee!)  And if you toss the used peel into the disposal, it will refresh your disposal and eliminate sink odors.

Spider repellent: Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice onto a cloth or the brush attachment of your vacuum, and then dust cobwebs with it. Spiders dislike the lemony scent and should shun the corners, decreasing your cobweb problem.

*Citrus scents lift your spirits.  They make me feel happy! 😉 And I LOVE the scent of lemons.)

2. Coca-Cola

coca-cola tips

Defroster: Pour Coca-Cola over an ice-covered windshield to de-ice.

Rust remover: If a bolt, screw or nail is too rusty to turn or remove, pour Coke over it and allow it to soak for a few minutes and try again.

Stain remover: You can remove blood and/or grease stains from clothing by pouring on some Coke.

Grease and oil remover: Pour Coca-Cola over oil stains on concrete; soak for a few minutes and clean with a hose.

*Drink one on your birthday.  It makes your day peppier.  Tee hee Hee tee Hee! 😉

3. Chalk


Stain remover: Get rid of oily stains by rubbing with chalk prior to washing. Chalk absorbs the oil.

Ant repellent: Draw a thick line of chalk across and around the places where the ants are getting into your house. They won’t cross the chalk line because it dries them up.

Moisture absorber: Drop a piece of chalk in with your silver items, and it will absorb the moisture and prevent tarnish.

*Eliminate ‘what’s for dinner’ questions – Write what’s for dinner on a small chalkboard in your kitchen. 😉

4. Salt


Frost prevention: Rub your windows on the inside with salt water. Allow to dry to prevent frost.

Keep down the fizz and foam: Lightly sprinkle salt over the fizzy foam on top of a soft drink to bring it down.

Water spot removal: Sprinkle a little salt on water spots on wood, and rub with a little olive or almond oil.

Scrubber: Use salt and baking soda to scrub out porcelain or metal sinks.

*Add a little sprinkle of salt to your slice of watermelon to bring out flavor.  Some people really like it, others don’t. 😉

5. Plastic Cups

recycle fast-food-containers

Seed starter: Use a nail to poke holes in the bottom of plastic cups, fill with dirt, and plant seeds.

Sifter: Use a small nail to poke holes in the bottom of the cup, and use to sift fine sugar or cocoa powder over desserts.

*Ones like above with a lid, use for storing items for traveling…such as cotton balls, stuff in facial tissues, headbands, string, etc.

6. Coffee Filters


Flowerpot liner: Put a coffee filter on the bottom of a flowerpot to cover the hole and prevent dirt from falling out.

Window shiner: Use a coffee filter to polish the inside of your car windows to remove smudges and streaks. Use on mirrors, too.

Porcelain protector: Place a coffee filter between plates and bowls in your cupboard to prevent scratches and nicks.

*Use coffee filters inside a colander to strain liquids from yogurt to make your own Greek style yogurt. See here:

7. Cornstarch


Body powder: Use cornstarch on your feet or other sweaty areas to cool and prevent chafing.

Lubricant: Use cornstarch inside rubber boots and gloves to facilitate removal.

Detangler: Sprinkle cornstarch on knotted rope or string to help get the knots out.

Cornstarch clay:  Have a little summer fun!  It’s for all ages. 😉

*Read more ideas here:  Repurposing Ideas: 5 New Uses for Cornstarch

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