Reusing household items:
Clothespins can be used in many ways other than hanging
garments on the clothesline. Use them to hang skirts
on wire hangers instead of buying expensive special skirt
Use clothespins to hold potato chip bags closed. To keep
cereal fresh, fold the inner bag down and hold closed with
Glue a magnet to one side of a clothespin and you have a
notepad holder for your fridge. Use one to hold grocery list.
Don’t throw away your rubber gloves that get holes in the
fingers. Cut them in strips from the wrist part down to the
fingers and use them for rubber bands. They’re study and don’t
break. Use them on everything from computer CD holder to keep
categories to holding toothpaste, brush, floss etc. togethere while traveling.
Sock Dust Rag
Use the sock as a dust rag, you can slide the sock on your hand
and clean your house right up! It is great for furniture, in the
kitchen and in the bathroom too!
Another Use For Old Socks
Cut off the cuff of sock and turn inside out. Sew across bottom
and turn right side out. Slip over your Crisco oil or other
vegetable oil bottle in your cabinets and keeps from getting oily
spots in your cabinets.
Uses for Aluminum Pie Pans
Near the holiday times, I save a few aluminum pie plates large
and small (or ask a friend for some). Wash and dry these well
and fill them with different types of candies, etc., to give to
special people. One advantage is you never have to worry about
having a plate returned and silver is a holiday color!
Instead of tossing those annoying plastic bags from grocery store,
use them to line small wastebaskets thru the house. They are
perfect “pooper scoopers”. Also, they do a good job as packing
material when shipping a box of items. Another thing to use them
for is to throw vegetable peelings on them as you peel, then just
roll up the bag, and no mess!
Uses for Potato Water
Just cooked potatoes? Don’t throw the water down the drain.
After boiling potatoes, set aside the water to cool. After it is
cool – use it to water your houseplants. They love it.
Reusing Cereal Bags
Do not throw out your cereal bags. When I finish a box of
cereal, I shake out the waxpaper bag and reuse for storage, or
reuse to freeze a package of meat from the meat department.
Keeping Celery Crisp
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and
it will keep much longer!
Line Refrigerator Drawers With Paper Towels
Line the drawers of your refrigerator with paper towels to absorb
moisture, your fruits and veggies will stay fresher and it makes
for easier cleanup of your drawers.
Save The Rind From Fruit
Save the rind – don’t discard the rind of lemon, grapefruit or
oranges. It makes excellent flavorings for cakes, frostings and
such. Wash it well and grate, being careful not to include the
bitter white part (called pith) under the rind. Put it in a
tightly covered glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
Leftover apple, orange, or lemon rind can be put into your tea as
it’s steeping to add a wonderful flavor and aroma just like the
fancy gourmet tea blends.
Add Oatmeal to Homemade Cookies
When making homemade cookies always add 1/2 cup dry oatmeal. Your
cookies will not spread all over the pan and they will be delicious!
Handy Device For Dog Training – A Pop Can
An empty pop can with a few pennies or washers in it. Put a
small piece of duct tape over the hole to keep the pennies in.
When dogs exhibit inappropriate behaviour, just shake the can.
It gets their attention in a hurry!