Strange And Wacky Uses For Household Products

Odd Uses For Household Products

This is just a few of the many strange and wacky uses for common household products. There are literally hundreds, but I decided to profile a few of the less commonly known ones that caught my attention.

Fabric Softener

Repel Mosquitoes

Did you know that bounce repels mosquitoes? Just put a sheet through your belt loop, and never worry about mosquitoes again.


Grease Remover

Did you know that you can use coca cola to remove grease from work clothes?

Just empty a can of coke into the washer when it's filling up, then add your detergent and clothes. And wash as usual, the coca cola will help loosen the grease.

Whipped Topping

Hair Treatment

Did you know that cool whip makes an awesome treatment for dry hair? Once a week apply 1/2 cup of cool whip to your hair, then wrap your head in a towel and leave on for 3o minutes. Be sure to rinse your hair a couple of times before shampooing thoroughly.


Keep Ants Out Of Your House

Draw a line around windows and doors,for some reason ants will not cross a chalk line.


Sooth A Sunburn

Not only is yogurt good to eat it also works great to sooth a sunburn. Just spread plain yogurt on your burn and allow to set for approx. 20 minutes before bathing or showering in cool water.


Sooth A Sore Throat

To sooth a sore throat mix together

2 TBS. Mustard

Juice from one lemon

1 TBS. Salt

1 Tbs Honey

1 1/2 Cups Boiling water

Cover and let cool for 15 minutes before gargling.

Always be sure that it has cooled enough before you gargle.

Cure A Hangover

Dehydration is the primary cause of a hangover so drinking gatorade which is absorbed more quickly into the body than water or fruit juice will have you feeling better in no time at all.



Neutralize Jellyfish Stings

First take two gulps of vodka then splash some more over the sting to neutralize it. You should start feeling better before long but may later have to follow this step with the gatorade cure.

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shawna.wilson 8 years ago from Arizona

Very interesting...especially the one about the chalk and the ants. I'll have to try that sometime. Thanks Karen!

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Karen N 8 years ago from United States Author

You're welcome, I've also heard that salt and flour will work the same way.

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akeejaho 8 years ago from Some where in this beautiful world!

Another use for Coke, (though Pepsi works better in some parts of the country) is to clean those pesky battery terminals.  (If you haven't already learned the penny trick.)

Oh, you know!  Super glue a penny next to each terminal, on the flat surface of your car battery.  The nasty crusties will adhere to the penny's and will keep your terminals clean. 

Anyway, pour some coke on the terminals and the bubbles will rinse the crusties away as the acids in the coke break them down!  Pretty nifty, Huh?

Oh, and by the way, cloves along the front and back door thresholds will also keep the ants at bay.

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Marian Swift 8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

Will try chalk on the ants.

Stale beer makes a great hair rinse. Really. Soak your hair, then rinse with water. Gives your hair body.

Great Hub!

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Karen N 8 years ago from United States Author

That's right, I did hear that you could clean battery terminals with coke.

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Karen N 8 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Marian, your hair really does feel soft after rinsing with beer.

Maria L. Hermana 8 years ago

I've heard that beer one before. I think I've also heard something like, altoids helps the flu, or something like that. Anyway, thanks for the facts.

lauren 7 years ago

yeah those are pretty cool but do u kno how to clean a penny with common house hold products???

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

I love stuff like this and I'm always looking for new ones. Thanks for sharing!

muralidhar 7 years ago

Colgate tooth pate (Not Gel)is a wounderful shining product for Copper and silver articles,Brass Buttons,you can use Colgate Tooth powder also for polishing Silver,Brass,Bronz we were using it while serving on Board ships you can use it for valve and valve seat grinding of automobile engines with little lube oil i have seen exellant results

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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California

This was great, I just finished printing this hub, I am a trivia nut. Also these helpful hints are things that I'd like to try for myself. Very good.

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PaperNotes 5 years ago

Cool! It is always good to know that there are other uses for the usual things and stuff we have in the kitchen. Thanks

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