Earth Day: Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose

All Time New Uses for Old things

  1. Use the Twister game mat for kids table.
  2. A toothbrush’s bristles lift away stray threads of silk from fresh ears of corn quickly and efficiently. More uses here.
  3. Make no-mess pancakes with the help of a ketchup bottle. Pour in batter, then squeeze out precise portions.
  4. Stop searching high and low for hair clips and elastics. Store them tidily on an empty toilet paper tube.
  5. Chalk is a moisture absorbent. Tie up a few pieces in cheesecloth and store them with your good silver to slow any tarnishing. More chalk uses here.
  6. One of readers’ all-time-favorite ideas: the LifeSaver as birthday-candle holder. (Candies in the original rolls provide the best fit? LifeSavers sold in big bags are larger and don’t work as well.)
  7. Forget unruly plastic bags that seemingly regenerate under your sink. An empty tissue box keeps them neatly corralled and ready for use.
  8. A giveaway shower cap becomes the perfect wrapper for shoes when traveling, preventing them from dirtying clothes packed in your suitcase. More ideas here.
  9. Brand anything as yours – books, binders, Tupperware, a stapler with a return-address sticker.
  10. A clever way to keep straight whose drink is whose is to mark each glass with removable window decals.
  11. A hard plastic soap case is the perfect size to protect a camera stashed in a carry-on bag.
  12. A binder clip serves as a key chain/money holder you can clamp to your waistband for a purse-free morning walk.
  13. When traveling, eliminate clunky bottles for nonprescription meds from your purse by popping the pills into a contact-lens case.
  14. A clear hair elastic binds blooms together for a better arrangement in a wide-mouth vase. Stretch the elastic around the stems, then let the flowers fall naturally.
  15. Rubber bands give little fingers a better grip on a chilly or slippery glass.
  16. An unused glasses case makes a convenient storage spot for beauty items on the go.
  17. The cardboard tube from a spent roll of toilet tissue is a wonderfully simple tool for keeping extension cords tangle-free.
  18. A lemon works to remove tough food stains from a plastic or light-colored wood cutting board. Squeeze on the juice of one half, rub it in, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.
  19. Give plastic colorful Easter eggs a year-round use (and save on resealable bags) by filling them with snacks like crackers or Cheerios.
  20. A paint chip strip makes a dandy place card: Cut off a length of two colors, then fold.
  21. Liberally apply cooking spray to both sides of a plastic or metal shovel before clearing away snow, and ice will slide right off instead of building up.
  22. Attach a magnet to the inside of a metal medicine cabinet, and you can promptly pluck tweezers (or nail clippers) when needed.

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