12 Double-Duty Tips for Household Items

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We all have too much stuff and too little room. So our things must work harder for us. Here are surprising uses for 12 household items you already have. Click through the slideshow to learn creative ways to get more out of the things you already have.

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12 Double-Duty Tips for Household Items
Don't ever toss the free rubber bands that hold vegetables together or bind your daily newspaper. Loop one around your door knob so that the "X" presses the latch open, and you'll have an easier time opening the door when your hands are full. Make a rubber band ball, and use it as a pencil eraser. Wrap several bands around any wood handle to get a better grip.
Is Fido leaving hair all over your furniture? Slip on a rubber glove, and run your hand over your sofa. It will pick up a ton of hair, which you can then toss into your compost pile, or hang on a tree for nesting birds to use when building their new homes.
It's not just for spectacles anymore. Use the case as a small clutch for a night on the town, a jewelry holder during trips, and a classy ear buds holder.
Re-purpose mesh produce bags as suet holders for birds in winter. Scrunch them into a ball to scour pans. And hang over your kids' bathtub to hold bath toys.

After you've gobbled the candy, use the insert to organize all those little items in your junk drawer -- tacks, paper clips, and spare buttons.

You can easily re-purpose cardboard tubes as fire starters for camping trips or romantic evenings at home. Cover them with two-sided sticky tape, and watch them catch flies. Wrap tablecloths around long tubes to keep table linens crease-free. And cut toilet paper tubes in half and fill with soil to start seeds.

When you're finished shaping your nails, use an emery board to sand hard-to-reach places in furniture you're refinishing or repairing. Or rub away the hard coating on seeds so they'll sprout faster, and buff out stains on suede shoes.

Rub onion-smelly hands on a stainless steel spoon to take out the stink. Spoons also are mini-trowels that make starting seeds indoors easy.

Use your child's kneadable pencil eraser to vanish shoe scuffs on floors. If the scuffs don't come out, try rubbing a tennis ball on the most stubborn marks.

Place a flower stem in a drinking straw to keep it from flopping over in a vase, or to more easily insert it into floral foam. Or, tape a straw to the nozzle of a caulking gun to direct caulk into tight places.

You remember newspaper. Use it as garden mulch to keep weeds at bay. You can also shred newspaper and add it to your compost pile.

Point and shoot a little spray on squeaky door or cabinet hinges, then wipe away drips. If bugs get stuck to your car bumper, douse them with cooking spray for easy clean up. And if you lightly spritz cooking spray on your fly line, it will shoot through your reel when you cast.

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