Sunday, August 10, 2014

Save Money with Multipurpose Use of Things you already have

Here are some everyday items you probably have around your house that can serve multiple purposes. Use them for a variety of uses and start saving on your budget!

Did you know that toothpaste can serve a lot many purposes than just whitening your teeth? Actually, not only toothpaste, many other everyday household items that you already have in your home can be used for so much more! You can indeed save a handsome sum of money in the long run by using those products for a variety of uses. Seven such common household items with multiple and unique uses are given below. Check them out and make sure to make the most out of these regular items. This will surely save you lot of money, time and effort.

Common household items with multiple uses

Newspapers have superb odor-absorbing characteristics. You can use newspaper to deodorize food and beverage containers. Simply stuff crumpled newspaper inside lunch boxes, thermoses, ice chests or plastic kitchen containers and let it sit overnight to eliminate the nasty smell from them. However, avoid stuffing colored newspaper in damp containers; otherwise it could leave a stain.

You can use the same trick for eliminating odor from your refrigerator. Just line a shelf with newspaper overnight to deodorize the whole refrigerator. You can even place a piece of paper in the vegetable drawer all the time to keep it dry and free of smell.

Besides this, you can use Newspaper to:

Dry shoes: Simply place crumpled paper inside wet shoes overnight. It will absorb both moisture as well as foul smell from your moist shoes.

Clean Windows: Instead of paper towels, use newspaper with vinegar to wash windows without leaving lint behind.

Ripen green tomatoes: Wrap them individually with newspaper and place them at room temperature.
Pack delicate items: Wrap those fragile items with several pieces of newspaper, and also make sure to fill up the extra space in the box with crumpled newspaper.

Get rid of weeds: Place layers of wet newspapers around your plants to keep weeds at bay.


Toothpaste can do a lot more than giving you clean, white teeth and fresh breath. For example, you can easily remove stains from clothing by scrubbing the stain spot with toothpaste and water! However, watch out for toothpastes with whitening ingredients as they could bleach your clothing. You can even get rid of stains and tarnish from your jewelry with toothpaste. Just rub a small amount of toothpaste into the jewelry piece, leave it overnight and wipe it the next morning to get that shine back on your ornaments. Moreover, you can use toothpaste to polish silver and clean chrome faucets and handles.

Toothpaste is a super effective remedy for pimples. So ditch those expensive creams and dab a small amount of toothpaste on problem areas. By leaving it overnight, it will dry out your blemishes and thus make them heal quickly. This works for bug bites as well.

Also, try using toothpaste on your hands after dealing with some strongly scented ingredients in the kitchen. By doing so, you can get rid of those annoying odors quickly and easily. Similarly, you can remove those marker, crayon or ball point pen marks off the wall by gently rubbing a damp cloth with toothpaste on the area.

Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum Jelly is a household staple, and we all know about its anti-chafing properties. But not many people know that this slick substance is useful in a lot of other ways.

You can get long, thick and glamorous eyelashes by applying a coat of Vaseline on your eyelashes before going to bed. You can also use it as an eye makeup remover. Just dab a thin layer of Vaseline on a cotton ball and gently wipe off your eye makeup with it. And you can even prevent hair dye stains on forehead, neck and hands by coating those areas with some petroleum jelly.

Beyond your beauty regime, you can use a tiny dab of Vaseline to put a quick shine on your shoes, to repair stains (rings and minor scratches) on wooden furniture, and to keep window casters sliding smoothly.

White Distilled Vinegar

White Distilled Vinegar is another common household item with lots and lots of uses. If you’ve this magical item in your home, then there’s no need of using harmful chemicals to kill garden weeds - just pour some vinegar directly over them.

Vinegar is an excellent natural cleaner that can remove stains and take away all types of bad odors. You can use vinegar to clean chrome fixtures and to deodorize trash cans, the garbage disposal and even the toilet. Mixture of equal parts of vinegar, oil and water is a great solution for cleaning wood. Likewise, you can use the mixture of water and white distilled vinegar to clean all the shelves and walls of the refrigerator.

Vinegar also has excellent antiseptic qualities that make it useful for treating cuts and scrapes. Apply some white distilled vinegar using a cotton ball to stop insect bite stinging and itching. Above all, vinegar is a superb ant repellent. Spray some undiluted vinegar outside doors, windows and around all crevices to discourage ants from entering your house.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide is an excellent stain remover. It can easily remove stains from clothes and carpet. Pour directly on the spot, wait for a few minutes and then rub & rinse it off with cold water. It’s also a powerful and effective bleach alternative. Add a cup of Peroxide while washing white clothes to whiten and brighten them.

You can use hydrogen peroxide to clean and deodorize counters and tiles in the kitchen and bathroom. Moreover, you can eliminate pesticide residue and bacteria from fruits and vegetables by spraying a mixture of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide on them. Hydrogen peroxide even makes an inexpensive yet very effective mouthwash, which not only keeps your teeth white but also helps you get rid of canker sores.

Baking Soda
The best thing about this household item is that it’s cheap and still you can use it for a variety of things. Make your own home made toothpaste by mixing baking soda and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. And make your own bathroom scrub by mixing one-fourth cup of baking soda with 1 tbsp of liquid detergent. You can add vinegar to give it a thick, creamy texture.

Dissolve half cup of baking soda in a bucket of warm water and rinse for a shiny floor. You can also exfoliate your skin with a paste made out of three parts baking soda and one part water. On top of that, you can use it for instant relief from insect bites or sunburn. Simply, mix baking soda with a little water and apply the mixture directly to the sore.

Dental Floss

You might be surprised to know that there are hundreds of alternative uses for dental floss. You can actually use it to sew and fix a button, patch a hole in a bag, repair wood, hang pictures & wind chimes on your walls, remove cookies from the tray, replace broken shoe laces, etc. You can provide support to climbing plants by tying floss in a ladder pattern. What’s more, dental floss can help you remove photos adhered to the album pages without any damage - just slide the floss between the photo and the page. Dental floss is so strong that you can use it in any DIY projects that require strings, ties or ropes.


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