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Reusable Household Items

Updated on April 1, 2017
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What else we could reuse from home? As I was thinking of other reusable items, uses of old tires came to mind but I could only think a few. But I had thought of something else and this doesn't focus on just one item. This goes for everything, any item that most of us would be so ready to just throw into the trash bin.

And for the ideas, here are those items that we save for future uses. And they do come in handy, saves trips to the store and money. If you can add or reusing other materials at your home, feel free to share.


Let's start with the salad and dessert packages. We had saved few of these in case there would be days that we would need them. And the dessert package came in handy when dad started making this dessert that we love which was made from mashed cassava. And with the hot weather this past months, we prefer having it chilled first on the fridge. And those few dessert packages came to used.

And I just recently learned to eat salad and I like this beautiful green package so I had saved it for future dessert making. I'm sure it would be of use too.

And for update, turned out to be that I am using now the packages too. The weather's starting to get cold but I still crave for fruit salad. And when I do, I used these beautiful Greek salad packages for the fruit salads.

Empty salad package saved to be reuse.
Empty salad package saved to be reuse. | Source
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And those sauce containers that came with the salad had been saved too. Not for me but for dad and mom who enjoys dipping sauces. There were times they would like to bring sauces on work for fried fish and meat and this will be use instead of spending some bucks on sauce containers like this or bringing the entire sauce bottle.

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And these cracker box and ice cream container? I use it to store left over hummingbird nectar on the fridge. It has also been use to store cookies, candies, and opened junk foods.







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And those old toothbrushes has few uses too. I used one to clean in between combs, tiles, the faucet and those small or tight spaces on the shower where the big brush can't be use. I also use one for cleaning the hummingbird feeders.

They might be small compare to those big cleaning brushes but these saves the cleaning day in those small areas.

When it is time for my mom's hair dyeing, they are also what I use.



Let's make a circle with a thread.
Let's make a circle with a thread. | Source

Is your pen all out of ink? - Save one, it might come in handy.

This is one fun thing to do if you haven't tried it. At school and not having a compass to make circles, your old pen, together with a piece of thread would come in handy.

To try this, you would need two pens, or a pencil. Make a knot on one end of the thread and one pen goes on the center of the paper. The other pen would be use to make the circle. If you doesn't want a dot showing on the center of the circle (from the ink), use a retractable pen, an empty pen or any not so pointed material instead. You would also have to adjust the knot for different sizes of circles.

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An empty tapioca milk tea cup. They could be reuse again for a homemade smoothie or milk tea.Bubble tea, also called boba tea.
An empty tapioca milk tea cup. They could be reuse again for a homemade smoothie or milk tea.
An empty tapioca milk tea cup. They could be reuse again for a homemade smoothie or milk tea. | Source
Bubble tea, also called boba tea.
Bubble tea, also called boba tea. | Source

I also save few of these when I get bubble teas. There were times I enjoy making smoothies at home or any cold drinks that I could take with me when I go to work. Sometimes just my favorite milk and tapioca pearls is enough for a refreshing drink.

One can make a homemade boba or bubble tea with this too. Just need tapioca pearls and bubble tea mix and a homemade bubble tea would be ready.

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What are the uses of those meat or vegetable foam tray?

W also save some of these, some shallow and some are much deeper. we use this trays when defrosting meat from the freezer for the following day, just let the meat sit on the tray so the surfaces would be protected. My mom also uses the trays when she goes out on the patio to harvest vegetables.

And what about those plastic grocery shopping bags?

People use them as trash bags too, and we have a space in our kitchen's cabinet drawer just for them.

There's also some in the car's trunk that comes in handy when we do groceries from store like Save-A-Lot when one has to pay for the grocery bags. So what we do is just let the grocery items on the cart and put them on the plastic bags waiting on the trunk.





When Christmas season is near, these empty boxes along with other ones in different sizes would be save for gift wrapping purposes.

Or they can be use for magazine holders like this three in the photo below. And you can consider old newspapers as well for wrapping the boxes. If this holders would go on your teen or kids room, the cartoon section on the newspaper would be a great idea to use for wraps.

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A plastic bag dispenser.
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Produce nets as plastic bag dispenser.

These produce nets comes in handy as well. They can be made into a plastic bag dispenser, or wrap your sponge in them.

Produce with nets:

* pears

* apples

* garlic

* onions

So next time you bought any of these, you might want to save the net and find a use for it.

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And these old light bulbs could serve as decors for the garden. A few flowers from the garden, tie them up on the tree branches and you have a garden decor. Or, they could be use as vases at home and good for terrariums.





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    • Just_Rodney profile image

      Rodney Fagan 

      5 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      My pleasure, but watch this spot!

      As a well known Public figure and former actor, once said.

      "I vwill be back!"

    • precy anza profile imageAUTHOR

      precy anza 

      5 years ago from USA

      @ Joseph:

      It is :) Sounds like you have some ideas of use for your old light bulbs. :) Thanks for stopping by.

      @ Rodney:

      Hi Rodney :) Appreciate you coming back and sharing more of your tips! I could use this as I was getting this idea of growing more herbs and share them on the parish fiesta for next year. This would really a great idea of reusing those milk bottles you mentioned before as well and some other containers that can be use. Thanks for stopping by again.

    • Just_Rodney profile image

      Rodney Fagan 

      5 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Another quick tip, that I use, it is a second use for those large size Yoghurt tubs.

      1: As a Planter for Kitchen window herb boxes.

      - punch about 6g orso holes in the bottom for drainage

      - place handfull of gravel in the tub for drainage

      - fill to 3/4 with a nicely mulched soil

      - plant your desired herb in the soi

      - top up the soil to hold the small plant upright.

      Make two or more for your favourit herbs, place on kitchen window, and have fresh herbs on tap, so to speak.

      You can even make up these for gifts.

      2: As a drip/drying rack for knives and forks

      - make the holes in the tub, as above

      When you have washed your knives forks spoons, place them in the tub, and let them drip dry.

      SAFETY TIP

      Always place the knives and forks! POINTS DOWN in the tub, and pick them up by the handle.

      Thats all for now, will pass on some other hints, tips etc for recycling, as I come across or device them.

    • Joseph Renne profile image

      Joseph Renne 

      5 years ago from Milton

      The light bulb idea is great, I will be saving my old burned out light from now on.

    • precy anza profile imageAUTHOR

      precy anza 

      5 years ago from USA

      @ Audrey:

      Thank you too Audrey, appreciate all the sharing and comments :)

      @ FlourishAnyway:

      Yes, and with the plastic use as a scooping cat litter, that just reminded me of milk's container reused as a scooper too. :) Thank you for your time stopping by and reading.

      @ Peg:

      One of our uses too for those boxes, and some are really pretty with the box's design and makes it even harder for them to be thrown away :) Thank you!

      @ Rodney:

      That's a really smart way to reuse those containers, Rod. :) I hadn't thought of that, and had seen that too somewhere online. With that, soda bottles too would do, will really help pet owners on saving money :)

    • Just_Rodney profile image

      Rodney Fagan 

      5 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Plastic milk bottles, a pair of scissors or sharp knife. Cut the bottom off, the top part is the receptile, the cut off base is used as paddle to flick in the "doggie dooh" and you have a poop scoop.

      Have you seen the price of them in the shops. This can be reused a couple of times, just disinfect them.

      PS. Empty the collection into a plastic bag and throw that away.

    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Reusing things like these makes such good sense. I've recently started saving the plastic box that comes with cookies or muffins and reusing them to store home made baked goods. Your ideas are very creative.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      5 years ago from USA

      I use old toothbrushes to clean small spaces in baseboards that other things cannot get. They are perfect for this purpose. Also, plastic bags are helpful for scooping cat litter. It's always good to reduce, reuse, recycle. I like your ideas.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I just pinned this hub to my pinterest board so that others will read how to reuse household items. A great hub! Many useful ideas. I voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and sharing. Thank you! Audrey

    • precy anza profile imageAUTHOR

      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks livingsta ^-^

      I agree they are beautiful! Looks like raindrops hanging on branches! :)

      Yes prasadjain, there are a lot of other things that can be reused :) Reusing cards as wall decors is a good idea! Thanks to you two for dropping by and leaving comments!

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 

      6 years ago from Tumkur

      Very good suggestions. Similarly, we can modify and re use many other items also. For eg: Greeting cards and wedding invitations can be converted into wall decorators and pen stands.So many....

    • livingsta profile image

      livingsta 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, I love the light bulbs, so beautiful! Voted up, useful and sharing :)

    • precy anza profile imageAUTHOR

      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks travel_man1971: :)

      Yes, those are beautiful and makes a unique yard decor.

    • travel_man1971 profile image

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Lots of awesome ideas you have here. I really like those incandescent bulbs with ornamental flowers. Rated it up!

    • precy anza profile imageAUTHOR

      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks Aviannovice! ^-^'

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Superb ideas, precy anza. Good job!

    • precy anza profile imageAUTHOR

      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      Lol. I can relate on that. Last few months ago I just tidied up the dish washer with some of those as we prefer the sink. I had thrown away some of the bottles and foam trays as they are piling up, as you said useful with few of those :)

    • Sherry Hewins profile image

      Sherry Hewins 

      6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Some of these things can be useful if you just keep a few of them, and you have a use for them, but I'm in a constant battle with my mom because she never wants to throw any of that stuff away. I hope she never sees this hub.

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