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Six Handy Items for Easier Housekeeping

Updated on April 12, 2011

I love indispensable items that are versatile and can be used for more than what they were bought for, you know, those items that can be used in other ways. Those trustworthy purchases that can be used in ways they were not originally designed for by the manufacturer.

I love items like these, because i feel as if i have made an investment instead of just spending my money or throwing it away on something that can't be used on another chore, or more than once.

If you are like me, you are also looking for Eco friendly items that promote health rather than causes my home - residence or environment any damage.

The following items are ones i advocate for anyone, especially mothers, young or old to keep in the home and teach their children to use. For one they make our lives easier and help us to stretch our dollar by eliminating other goods that do only one task.

It's a cost saving trick to buy multi use items that can do more than three tasks in your household. Items that pull double duty always make me feel as if i spent my money wisely. I also prefer these goods to be environmentally friendly, which means they won't contribute to any allergies or release chemicals, i may have to worry about around my children or myself.

These are items most of us keep around on a regular basis anyway because they cut down on our cleaning, our cooking time and help us in some way that we know we could not do without.

So, make it your business to keep these goods in your house, your car and even at work. They really do become items you can't live without. These everyday items can do the work of many other products. So go ahead if they are not already on your everyday shopping lists, add them.

I promise they will earn their keep and save you money!

New coffee filters.
New coffee filters. | Source
Used coffee filters.
Used coffee filters. | Source

The following is my list of products and the ways that you can use them. What is great about it is they can be utilized in ways that the manufacturer didn't even invent them for and hopefully, you can find other ways that they can make your household run smoother.

Aluminium foil

Can and is used to put a shine on your chrome by rubbing rust off with the shiny side, once you do this, then buff with a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol.

It can also be used as an inexpensive scrubber for pots and pans, scrunch up several sheets of foil into a tight wad and scrub, (if you have already used the foil, rinse, this is what i consider double duty - before throwing it in your recycling bin).

Create twice the amount of heat you use when ironing, put sheets of foil under you board cover and iron as usual this cuts the work time and effort in half by reflecting the heat.

Baby wipes

These have more uses than cleaning the baby's bottom, hands and face. Adults can use them to clean grown hands as well, especially after pumping gas.

They are also great for wiping down keyboards and removing mildew from books.

If you need a gentle way to remove makeup, wipes are excellent, especially since you can find ones for sensitive skin.

They are also a great way to bathe outdoors, "a cowboy", when restrooms or regular baths and running water are unavailable.

Coffee filters

Can clean windows - because they are lint free they don't leave anything on the glass or surface you are cleaning. They also protect dishes when storing or packing them, rust proof cast iron pans and cookware.

Coffee filters can also be used as a first rate funnel, microwave splatter shield and strainer for cork pieces in your wine bottle, separating tuna and water when taking it out of it's can and making fat free gravy or broth by placing it over a bowl to strain the grease or fat.

Save your potting soil from being washed out by using it as a liner, covering the holes in your pots and planters.

A no mess wrapper for chili hot dogs, sandwiches, tacos and Popsicles.

Fabric softener sheets

Can be helpful after you use the sheets in the dryer to dust things like video games, tv screens and venetian blinds.

They can also be used to freshen things like the laundry hamper, bags, luggage, shoes, cars, closed spaces and drawers, it must be right out of the box.

Eliminate static cling in clothes, tame flyaway hair, repel mosquitoes, clean an iron, clean soap scum, shine floors, removed baked on goods and help area rugs to stop slipping.

Paper towels

If you are in a pinch paper towels make good coffee filters

As a liner for your vegetable bins to absorb moisture, cook healthier bacon and other fried foods because it absorbs hot grease, sprout seeds and rust proof cast iron pots.

Sandwich and freezer bags

Food preparation: Easy no mess deviled eggs, by throwing the cooked yolks and other ingredients in the bag, mash to mix, then snip off the end and pipe into the whites. Marinate meats, cake decorating, no mess greasing pans and no odor onion chopping.

Cleaning your shower head, pour vinegar in the bag then tie it around the shower head with an elastic band or string, allowing the head to soak to get rid of lime deposits

Keeping you cell phone and other gadgets safe from water and liquid spills especially if you are outdoor, going to the beach or the pool or having an adventure in the open air.

Closing thoughts

If you are trying to cut down on the use of any of these products, go ahead, there are lots of alternatives. For instance replacing or cutting down on using paper goods by recycling cotton cloth items to clean with like old t-shirts.

Thinking of using towels or wash cloths in the bathrooms, even in the kitchen.

Or investing in a coffee filter that doesn't need to be replaced or a coffee maker that doesn't need disposable filters.

But these six items can't be beaten for convenience and multiple uses, especially in a pinch!


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    • Celiegirl profile image

      Celiegirl 5 years ago

      Thanks toomuchmint, it still amazes me about how economizing foil can make your home.

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      toomuchmint 5 years ago

      I never knew you could use aluminum foil to scrub pots. It's a great substitute for steel wool. Thanks for sharing!

    • Celiegirl profile image

      Celiegirl 5 years ago

      thanks Laura Schneider, i love being able to 'multitask', a thing...

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      Laura Schneider 5 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      I never get tired of finging additional uses for things that normally go straight to the trash. Thanks so much for writing this article--I'm sure I'll revisit it many times.