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Ways to use everyday objects in unusual ways.

Updated on October 8, 2008

How else can I use this?

With the economy in its current state, wouldn't it be nice to find some alternate uses for household items to help us save a little money? It's pretty easy to troll the internet for plenty of sources for this information. Below I'll list some of my favorites.

Bounce/Dryer Sheets

1. Mosquito repellent - tie a sheet through one of your belt loops when you're outside in mosquito season and they'll keep their distance.

2. Eliminate static cling from pantyhose - rub a used, damp dryer sheet over your pantyhose to keep your clothing from sticking.

3. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors - rub a used dryer sheet over your shower doors and that soap scum will disappear.

ChapStick® Lip Balm

1. Stop bleeding while shaving - if you nick yourself while shaving, rub some on to stop the bleeding.

2. Prevent hair coloring from dying your skin - when dying your hair, rub some lip balm along your hair line to keep the dye from coloring your skin.

Waxed Floss

1. Cut a cake - place a cake on a flat surface so there is nothing obstructing the edges. Cut a piece of floss as long as the length of the cake. Slide the floss through the cake and back out for a clean cut.

2. Sew buttons on heavy coats - it makes a pretty durable thread alternative.


1. Fill in nail holes in cement wall or drywall - you can use plain white toothpaste to fill in those pesky little holes.

2. Stop bug bites from itching - dab a little on an irritating bug bite and it will stop itching. Mint works well.


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    • JustColl profile image


      9 years ago from Durban, South Africa

      Wow! Those tips are amazing, I especially am impressed about the use for floss. Please post more tips if and when you have some. I will always be keen to read them, thanks!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 

      10 years ago from Florida

      Great job!! I never knew about dryer sheets to get rid of soap scum!! Thanks for responding to the request!!!


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