15 Unusual Uses for Common Household Items

15 Unusual Uses for Common Household Items
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15 Unusual Uses for Common Household Items

Read on to learn which common household items can be used in more than one way around the house.


You can use lemons to keep fruit like apples or pears from browning, but they can also be used to sanitize a chopping block and even soothe sore throats.

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Have some tomatoes that aren't ready to eat quite yet? Wrapping tomatoes in newspaper can help them ripen faster.

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Rubber Bands

If you're going back and forth between outside and inside your house, you can tie a rubber band around the door knob to prevent the lock from closing. You can also use rubber bands to keep dresses from falling off of hangers in your closet.

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Olive Oil

You can use olive oil to help stainless steel shine and even remove eye makeup!

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Coffee Cans

Reuse coffee cans as containers for little items in the garage or the kids' rooms.

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Eyeglasses Case

Use extra eyeglass cases to store jewelry when packing. These also work great for storing little earbuds that can otherwise get tangled if stored loose in a drawer.

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Dryer Sheets

If you're dealing with smelly sneakers, stick dryer sheets inside your shoes to freshen them up. Dryer sheets are also great to clean up pet hair from the floor or furniture.

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Instead of buying Bubble Wrap for a move, use old socks, t-shirts or towels to pad breakable items.

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Drinking Straws

Use old straws to help firm up the soft stems of flowers like daffodils and tulips by inserting the stems inside the straw. You can reuse the straws a few times for this.

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Ground Coffee

Use coffee grounds as fertilizer on flowers like azaleas and rhododendrons. Coffee grounds can also help to get rid of fridge odors. Just store the grounds in an old margarine container with holes poked in it.

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Rubber Gloves

Wet rubber gloves and rub them against upholstery to remove cat hair. Rubber gloves are also ideal to help give you a better grip when opening a stubborn jar.

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Shower Caps

Packing tip: Use the shower caps from hotel bathrooms to wrap up the dirty bottoms of shoes so that they won't mess up the rest of your clothes in the suitcase.

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Mustard and Soy Sauce Packets

Freeze mini mustard and soy sauce packets to use as tiny ice packs!

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Sticky Notes

Before throwing out used sticky notes, run the paper between the keys of your laptop computer. This will help to remove crumbs and dirt from between the keys.

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In addition to helping eliminate blemishes, toothpaste can help to remove garlic or fish odors from your hands, and even clean the chrome on your faucets.

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There are so many household items that can work overtime in your house, and you may not even realize it. Toothpaste and lemon? They can help you clean. Old coffee grounds? They can help to remove the odors from your fridge. So, before you toss some of these items or banish them to the miscellaneous drawer, learn how they can be helpful in numerous other ways!

Check out the slideshow above to learn unusual uses for common household items.

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