ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

DIY: Uncommon Uses for Common Household Products

Updated on February 14, 2012
Source


I don’t know about you, but I hate having to run to a store to buy just one thing when I need it for a project. And I especially hate doing so if I find out after buying that one item that I already had a product at home that would have worked just fine, had I only known it! And sometimes it seems that by the time you get everything together that you need for a project, you no longer have time to actually do the project Therefore, here are just a few products you probably already have around the house that can serve multiple uses of which you may be unaware:

Smeared Nail Polish

Use Woolite to remove nail polish that didn’t go on your nails, but instead ended up smeared on your skin. I don’t know how it does it, but Woolite cold water fabric detergent will take off the polish you got on your fingers, but leaves the polish on your nails untouched. After your nails are completely dry, simply wash your hands using Woolite and prepare to be astonished.

Stains on Teapots, Cups, and Even Toilet Bowls

Try any dishwasher detergent or denture cleaner to easily remove stains on porcelain—everything from tea stains to rust stains. I first discovered this trick when I submerged a vintage teapot that had a brown tea stain from its mid section down in a strong solution of denture cleaner and the stain disappeared. You will need to completely submerge the item, use a highly concentrated solution and leave it to soak for at least 24 hours—more time if the stain is intense. You can use this method to get old toilets looking fresh as well—mix the dishwasher detergent or denture cleaner into the water in the bowl and let it stand overnight.

Mugsy - As White As White Can Be

Make Your White Dog Sparkle Like A Show Dog

Did you know that regular Dawn ™ dish detergent will make your white dog’s coat shine? Try it the next time you bath your white or light colored dog and be amazed! But please, please use only No More Tears ™ baby shampoo on the head, especially around those sensitive big brown eyes!

Good advice on bathing your dog:

I Always Buy the Big Box!

A Quick Fix For Chipped Paint


Q-Tips ™ have a million uses outside of the ear, and one of the handiest is what terrific tiny paintbrushes they make for the application of just a drop of touchup paint. We all know how easy it is to put little chips in painted moldings, furniture and cabinets, but did you know that the ubiquitous Q-Tip ™ can quickly make the painted surface look new? Try it; it works great!


Do you have any favorite unusual uses for common products? Submit them using the Comments Box below and I may add them to a future article on this subject.

(I am an artist and the author of the Suburban Sprawl series of novels as well as two nonfiction books. Find out more about my work at RobertaLeeArt.com.)

Copyright © Roberta Lee 2012. All rights reserved.

When something needs to be fixed around the house, I:

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • DIYmyOmy profile imageAUTHOR

      DIYmyOmy 

      6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Do you have an uncommon use for a common household product you would like to share?

    • DIYmyOmy profile imageAUTHOR

      DIYmyOmy 

      6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Jennifermdunn - Yes, thanks, we are in agreement, knowing this stuff is one of those cool little pleasures of life.....ah, but if only I could remember ALL of my mom's hints.....

    • jennifermdunn profile image

      jennifermdunn 

      6 years ago from Norwalk, CT

      Simply awesome. I love learning about common household items having multipurposes.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)