#DIY Household Fixes with Items You Already Own

Anytime I read an article, see or hear a tip about using everyday household items to replace another store bought chemical or cleaner, I am ecstatic. So when the email subject line “xx Ways to Make Your Old Stuff New” begged me to open it, I just couldn’t resist!

I’m sharing my favorites with you.

Banana Peels – Before you throw in the compost bin, use the inner banana peels to banish scuff marks on leather and silverware. Then wipe with a cloth to remove any banana residue.

Toothpaste – Not only good to fight against cavities, but also works well with jewelry and filling holes. White toothpaste can be used to fill in small nail holes on white walls. Remember this when you’re ready to move out of your apartment or rental house so you can retain more of your deposit.

White Bread – Remove the crusts and you have a wallpaper cleaner. Tear into bite sized pieces to remove grime, fingerprints and small smudges. Who knew??

Vinegar – Another reason to keep a gallon of this gem in your cupboard; combine vinegar and salt into a ┬ápaste and apply to bathroom tile and faucets to remove lime buildup. Need a drain cleaner? Pour 1/4 cup baking soda in your drains, then follow with 1 cup of vinegar. Set for about 15 minutes, then pour a pot of boiling water down the drain.

WD-40 – Spray on stainless steel and wipe with a clean cloth for a spotless shine.


What other tips have you heard about and tried that worked? Share your tips here!




Diving For Treasures in Unusual Places

Treasures can be found amongst dumpsters, garbage and curbside trash pickups too, like framed pictures, reusable throw rugs, bed frames, shelving, couches, kitchen tables and more.

I have a knack for finding used boxes whenever I move (and I move often too). Uhaul and moving companies will oftentimes “buy back” used moving boxes and offer them at a reduced price or even free sometimes for those who know to ask. However, I have found the best boxes in recycling dumpsters. Many businesses have a separate dumpster for boxes, and I find both flattened and unflattened boxes.

Other treasures can be found amongst dumpsters, garbage and curbside trash pickups too, like framed pictures, reusable throw rugs, bed frames, shelving, couches, kitchen tables and more. Fine Diving Chicago writes about Tips for Dumpster Diving and all the treasures that can be found in others’ garbage.

Curbside trash alerts are often posted on Yahoo groups’ Freecycle for your community. It’s pitiful that people would rather haul their junk to the curb or the dumpster than call their city’s Salvation Army, Goodwill or other charitable organization to come pick it up for free.

We need to reduce the garbage and landfill, not add to it. So think twice before throwing away something that still has another life some place else.

You Can Recycle or Reuse Jeans, Gift Cards, Cooking Oil and More

Do you have a few things in your possession that you don’t want but don’t want to just throw it in the trash?

I have several expired or used gift cards, holey jeans, broken cell phones, and miscellaneous cables and wires. How do I get rid of them without causing a burden on the environment?

If you look, you will find….it on Earth911.com!

Find how to recycle, reuse or re-purpose those odd things you might have.

Repurpose Old Household Items Into Usable Ones

Stop! Don’t throw out all those paper towel rolls, popsicle sticks, old broken crayons, unwanted towels, holey jeans and t-shirts and plastic shopping bags and household trash…did you know that they can be reused to make other fun things?

There’s been a very popular movement the last few years to reuse and repurpose items rather than just toss them in the trash. It’s gaining in popularity because crafters have embraced using household items in green crafts.

The idea behind reusing household items in craft projects is to reduce the amount of trash going to our landfills. I think it also encourages us to THINK how much we consume and the results of that consumption–more trash!

How Can You Reuse Or Repurpose Unwanted Household Items?

I came up with a plastic storage bin of worn towels, unused sheets (don’t fit my bed), old t-shirts and blue jeans that didn’t fit that I felt I couldn’t quite part with.

I’m finding all sorts of fun ways to reuse & repurpose lots of things! Just knowing I’ve kept something out of the landfill is rewarding, but I love seeing an item have new life as something else!

Old Towels: lining for potholders, re-hemmed to wash cloths, reusable Swiffer cloths, doggie pillows. You can also donate your old towels to animal shelters.

Old or unused sheets: curtains, pillows, clothing.

Old jeans: tote bags, purses, aprons, and tablecloths. I’m dying to make a gardening apron when my husband tosses some worn out jeans!

Ideas are from Green Crafts, check out more ideas to live a greener life.