USE IT TWICE
Discover New Uses For Everyday Things
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|In this day and age where we are more interested in helping the environment, we should be learning how to use things more than once – and how to use everyday household items in ways we may never have thought of. You may be surprised to find out that there are many items in your household that can be used for more than one thing! For instance, things you bake with can also help you clean in an eco-friendly manner and pedicures may be easier than ever with one of your favorite dessert items! So here we go with incredible uses for everyday things: |
NEW USES FOR BAKING SODA
Baking soda can be used to scrub surfaces in much the same way as commercial abrasive cleansers. Baking soda is also great as a deodorizer. You may remember your mom placing a box in the refrigerator and freezer to absorb odors. You can put this miracle powder anywhere you need deodorizing action!
NEW USES FOR VINEGAR
Vinegar naturally cleans like an all-purpose cleaner. Mix a solution of 1 part water to 1 part vinegar in a new store bought spray bottle and you have a solution that will clean most areas of your home. Vinegar is a great natural cleaning product as well as a disinfectant and deodorizer – much safer than some of those harsh chemicals in your ordinary household cleaner. Always test first on an inconspicuous area.
NEW USES FOR LEMON JUICE
Lemon juice is another natural substance that can be used to clean your home. Lemon juice can be used to dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits. Lemon is a great substance with which to clean and shine your brass and copper. It can also be mixed with vinegar and or baking soda to make cleaning pastes. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section. Use the lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces, and stains. Mix 1 cup olive oil with ½ cup lemon juice and you have a furniture polish for your hardwood furniture!
My favorite use for this fruit is to put a whole lemon peel through the garbage disposal. It freshens the drain and the kitchen. Orange peels can be used with the same results.
NEW USES FOR SALT
This product can be used to de-ice side walks. In a pinch, it can be used as a substitute for rock salt. To prevent shells cracking when boiling eggs, add a few pinches of salt to the water. If you want to chill a bottle of bubbly quickly, place ice around its base in an ice bucket; sprinkle with a few tablespoons of salt, and layer salt and ice until they reach the neck. Fill with water. Wait 10 minutes; serve.
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NEW USES FOR OLIVE OIL
Did you know that olive oil can provide a closer shave when used in place of shaving cream? It can also be used to shine stainless steel. Many cleaning standbys, such as ammonia, can dull and even corrode chrome and stainless steel. Olive oil, however, is a safe and effective shining agent. Run out of eye make-up remover? Dab a little oil under the eyes and rinse off with a washcloth.
NEW USES FOR BREAD
You can remove most dirty or greasy fingerprints from painted walls by rubbing the area with a slice of white bread. Bread does a good job of cleaning nonwashable wallpaper as well. Just be sure to first cut off the crusts to minimize the chance of scratching the paper.
NEW USES FOR APPLES
If you've been heavy-handed with the salt shaker when cooking a soup or stew, simply drop a few apple (or potato) wedges into the pot. After cooking for another 10 minutes or so, remove the wedges, which will have absorbed the excess salt.
NEW USES FOR COFFEE
Coffee grounds are full of nutrients that acid-loving plants crave. Save them to fertilize rose bushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens and camellias. It's better to use grounds from a drip coffeemaker than the boiled grounds from a percolator, as the drip grounds are richer in nitrogen.
NEW USES FOR KETCHUP
Ketchup keeps silver jewelry sparkling! Soak your silver pieces in a small bowl of ketchup for a few minutes. If it has a tooled or detailed surface, use an old toothbrush to work ketchup into the crevices. To avoid damaging the silver, don't leave the ketchup on longer than necessary. Rinse and dry – voila!
AND MY FAVORITE IS...MARSHMALLOWS
Get the comfort of a salon treatment when giving yourself a home pedicure. Just place marshmallows between your toes to separate them before you apply nail polish!
There are many more out there, you can probably think of some of your own. Use these tips save yourself money and time, whilst being kind to the environment.
Article Written By: Nicola McGeorge; Nicola was born in London, England and is a freelance writer and model. She covers a wide range of topics, and has been published worldwide.