Repurposed household items are a great way to save money. We’re a recycling family. We have our bins and each week they’re always full. I also like to repurpose items by finding new ways to use them. If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I’m always posting some clever new idea that I’ve stumbled upon. I have lots of sources for inspiration. One of my favorites is Real Simple. Their magazine is one I subscribe to and look forward to getting each month. Actually, I look forward to getting all my magazines. Real Simple, however, is one of my favorites. I also love their website. The Home and Organizing section is, of course, the one I spend the most time perusing. I’ve discovered so many clever new uses for everyday items there, that I wanted to share seven of my favorites with you in today’s post.
Repurposed Household Items
1. Keep those plastic grocery bags in order and at hand by storing them in an empty tissue box. You can keep a box under each sink and one in the car.
2. Use a contact lens case to store nonprescription medicine in your purse when you travel. This eliminates having to take the big bottle with you. (Don’t do this if you have small children that go through your purse. These cases are not childproof.)
3. Gardeners, protect the knees of your jeans when working in the yard by wrapping them with plastic grocery bags. This won’t provide padding, but it will help keep them free of dirt.
4. Love this one! Eliminate the mess by using an empty ketchup bottle as a pancake batter dispenser. Pour the batter in a clean bottle then squeeze out the amount you need. (I used a funnel to get the batter in the bottle. This worked like a charm!)
5. Put a few pieces of chalk in a cheesecloth, tie it up and store it with your good silver. This will help to absorb the moisture and slow down any tarnishing.
6. Mittens that have lost their mate can find new purpose as a case for your sunglasses. They’re thick enough to provide protection. Plus they look cute!
7. The one thing I don’t like about preparing freshly shucked corn is trying to get off all the stray silk threads. Here’s an easy way to do it. Use a clean toothbrush. The bristles lift them away quickly and effortlessly.
Which one of these ideas do you like the most? Do you have any ideas for repurposing household items that you’d like to share?