7 Household Items with Multiple Purposes
Posted by: Linda Kay | January 22, 2017
We’re all looking for quick, easy ways to solve household problems. Surprisingly many solutions are already in our homes. Our friends at AARP Magazine have compiled a list of household products that can have many purposes. Here are a few of their suggestions.
To beer lovers, doing anything with a brewski other than drinking it is sacrilege. But beer has many other creative household uses, including to clean jewelry and copper (let it soak, then polish with a soft brush), and as a skin-soothing foot bath. You can even use the foamy thirst quencher as lawn fertilizer, because the sugar stimulates plant growth and the acids kill harmful bugs and fungi.
There are many health and beauty secrets hiding inside that little tea bag. Apply a cool water-soaked tea bag to insect bites and rashes to ease itching, or soothe inflamed skin from sun or razor burns. The tannins in tea constrict blood vessels, which can help heal bruises and stop bleeding (particularly bleeding gums), and reduce puffiness and dark circles around the eyes.
Your teeth aren't the only thing you can clean with toothpaste. Use it to polish jewelry and chrome, remove scuffs from leather shoes and shine ivory piano keys. A thin layer of non-gel toothpaste will also keep your bathroom mirror from fogging up, as it will your swim/ski/safety goggles if you rub a little inside, on the lenses.
You may already know to carry some in the car with you in the wintertime to provide added traction when stuck in an icy spot. But you can also use a tub of cat litter to keep damp places — like boats, RVs and basements — dry. And it works better than rice for drying out a wet cellphone. Bonus tip: Use cat litter to clean up oil and grease spills in the garage.
Fabric softener dryer sheets have many other uses, and can sometimes even be used after they've done their primary duty. Put once-used dryer sheets between every couple of books on the bookshelf to keep mold and mildew away, or tuck them into drawers and closets to keep clothes smelling fresh. They also make excellent wipes to clean the tub and shower.
If you're cheap — and green — try using dish soap as part of an inexpensive, environmentally friendly weed killer. Just mix one tablespoon of dish soap with one cup of salt and one gallon of white vinegar. Use a watering can to apply the mixture directly to the foliage of the unwanted flora, and you'll be weed-free in no time.
Probably no other household product has more uses than good old-fashioned baking soda, which was originally developed by the ancient Egyptians to use in painting hieroglyphics. In modern times it can be a remedy for sunburns, bee stings and upset stomachs. It can also be used as an underarm deodorant, a mouthwash and to put out a fire in a pinch. Of course, baking soda eliminates odors in the refrigerator and elsewhere.
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