15 Unusual Uses for Everyday Items [Slideshow]

What do baby powder, olive oil, and dryer sheets have in common? They’re common household items—that when repurposed—can help solve many everyday problems.

When it comes to cleaning and fixing things around the house, there are plenty of different uses for household items. Here are 15 home hacks you’ll wish you never lived without.

 

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Household items you can re-purpose

1. Alka-Seltzer

Clean build-up in your toilet by dropping a couple tablets in for 20 minutes.

2. Ketchup

Clean silver jewelry by soaking it in a bowl of ketchup for a few minutes

3. Salt

Pour a half cup of salt for every quart of water down the drain to clean it.

4. Aspirin

Eliminate perspiration stains by placing 2 crushed aspirins in 100mL of warm water and soaking your clothes in the mixture for 2 hours.

5. Newspaper

Eradicate lingering smells by placing newspaper in the bins of your fridge.

6. Cooking Spray

Spray a little cooking spray on a squeaky door hinge to quiet the creaking.

7. Floss

Cut softer foods like cheese or cake with unflavored, non-waxed floss.

8. Coffee Filters

Clean windows and glass with coffee filters if you’re out of paper towels.

9. Baby Powder

Remove oil stains on leather by applying a coat of baby powder and allowing it to sit overnight. (Tip: test on a small area first.)

10. Olive Oil

Use olive oil to bring the shine back to stainless steel items.

11. Bread

Clean painted or wallpapered walls with a slice of un-crusted white bread.

12. Dryer Sheets

Loosen caked on food by placing a dryer sheet inside a dirty pan and letting it soak in warm water overnight.

13. Baking Soda

Use baking soda to remove sticker residue.

14. Tea Bags

Use tea bags as an organic fertilizer for potted house plants.

15. Toothpaste

De-fog bathroom mirrors with a coat of non-gel toothpaste. Wipe it off before you get in the shower and come out with a clear view.