Top 8 Most Easily Repurposed Household Items








Tea Bags: Don’t throw out your used tea bags, they can clean glass and mirrors. You can wipe the areas with the used tea bag right after pulling it out of the glass to remove any blemishes, just wipe the area with a clean cloth after to prevent any staining. After you use them for cleaning dry them out and place them inside a used toilet paper tube for a great fire starter. Not into camping, no problem, remove the staple and throw the tea bag into your compost pile for a great addition of brown matter.


Olive oil: Olive oil is great and the packaging it comes in is recyclable. Coincidentally, shaving cream cans are not recyclable and they contain a slew of chemicals as well as cost a lot. Did you know that you can shave your legs or face with olive oil? Olive oil is a terrific, nutrient packed treatment for dry skin, and also has extremely low rates of sparking skin irritation, as compared to paraben loaded lotions.


Vinegar: We’ve covered how vinegar can be everything from an ant killer to an herbicide, but did you know that it can give your dog a gleaming coat? According to, you can give your best friend a shiny new coat by spraying or rubbing with a solution of 1 cup white distilled vinegar to 1 quart water. As a bonus, you save the cost of an expensive shine product used on show animals as well as keep the shampoo containers out of the landfills.


Old Spoons: Don’t throw out your old silverware, they can be used for all sorts of things around the house. You can use them in the garden for planting in small pots, or detail work around plants. You can even use them cosmetically, just throw a couple of your old spoons in the freezer and voila, your solution for puffy eyes.


Cereal Bags: Hopefully you are not eating the GMO laden sugar packed candies marketed as “cereal.” But if you do happen to have some bags from organic whole grain cereal as trash, don’t throw them away quite yet. These bags are strong, you can use them in place of storage bags, or dough kneading bags. Use them for anything that you would use a Ziploc bag for, or even think up new uses. They can be rinsed and used more than once too.


Aluminum Foil: Aluminum foil is recyclable, not just at your local recycling plant, but also in your house. Aluminum foil makes a great scrubbing brush for the grill, just wad up some used foil on the end of a spatula and you are in business. Here is another wild use for recycled foil from Sara Noel over at Frugal Village.  Wad foil into balls that are approximately 3 inches in diameter and use them to reduce static in your dryer. You can wrap a tennis ball in foil, too.


Butter wrappers: Instead of using the dangerous and unhealthy cans of cooking spray, save the wrappers from your butter bars. They store great in the freezer and when you are ready to grease a dish for your favorite recipe just pull out one of your butter wrappers and slide on your non-stick coating.


Cat litter: This may only be for the strong stomached. But the ability of cat litter to dry out electronics dwarfs that of uncooked rice. So next time your phone takes a swim, remove any ‘landmines’ from Garfield’s litter box and put the clean litter in a bag, possibly one of your saved cereal bags. Or you can simply use new litter. Take the case off and battery out (if applicable) and let it sit at least as long as overnight.


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