Do you want to save more while using more? Who doesn’t?
Honestly, it’s possible to make use of various common items we see at home. From cleaning; to restoring; to reusing — you can be creative by using the simple things around you.
Check and try these 73 genius ways to utilize your usual household items at hand.
1. Bookwork Mess
Keep your books in perfect condition by strapping a rubber band over the end when putting them in your bag. That way, the pages don’t fly open or bend.
2. Sweet Threads
Use a shoe box revamped with a few nails to hold your thread collection. It’s super cute and handy. Just make sure you don’t step on it. Ouch!
3. Another Sponge, Another Day
You may have done this one before but it never hurts to remind you. Cut up a sponge for a super cheap way to separate those toes during your home pedicure.
4. She’s a Genius
This brings a whole new meaning to fast food. While not all of us have killer spoilers, those that do will love eating their lunch off of it. Because…well, you look cool doing it.
5. Since You Don’t Use Them
You may have a package of shower caps lying around to protect your weave or for Great Aunt Linda. Turns out, they are pretty useful otherwise. Try protecting your bike seat from dust and rain!
6. Never Lose Your Place
It takes perfect nails and a good eye to find the place where the tape begins. But it doesn’t have to. Use a paperclip to keep your place and even a child can do it now.
I think you’re confused. Before Marshmello was so popular, people assumed you meant marshmallows when you mentioned the name. Bring them back by eating them when you have a sore throat. Soft, moisturizing, and tasty.
Egg cartons are free and can be used for just about any small object. The greatest of these being Christmas ornaments. You need somewhere to store them all year!
9. Cut the Cheese
If you have unwaxed, unflavored floss, then you are in luck. Use it to cut soft cheeses. Or even sharp cheddar if it’s really strong floss! Use flavored if you want minty cheese.
10. Another Shower Cap Save
Let’s face it, the plastic wrap does little to no good on a watermelon and there are not really many more choices. Except for the shower cap! Another point for that product!
11. Not for Cheerios
Cereal containers make perfect storage units, but they also make perfect tiny trash cans. Like in the car, for example! Never let another fry or straw wrapper fall.
12. Shiny Chucks and Me
There are a few ways to clean white shoes. Bleach, whitening toothpaste, and even 409. But the best of these is micellar water. You may have some of this face cleaner around already!
13. Anti-Bacterial Too
Ink gets around. It bleeds and wreaks havoc on clothing. One of the best ways to remove it is with just a little Purel or hand sanitizer. Use a toothbrush to work into the cloth and then throw it into the wash.
14. Again with the Remover
Again, before you wash anything stained with makeup, dab a bit of micellar water on it first. The stain will be much more likely to come out this way.
15. If You Insist
While it isn’t recommended to keep mascara longer than a few months, if your mascara starts drying out early, there is an option. Wash the brush in saline solution and it will be revitalized.
16. Buy No More
Ice packs are something you are going to need, especially if you have kids. Save on money and freeze a few wet sponges and stick them in baggies. Works for reducing swelling and in lunch boxes.
17. Be Straight with Me
Have a shirt you need in a rush but is all wrinkled up? Concoct a remedy in a spray bottle with water, liquid fabric softener, and vineger.
18. Keep Away
A magnetic strip will forever be one of the handiest tools you can have around. Hang one on your wall to collect bobby pins and more!
19. Travel Stink Be Gone
When traveling, there’s not much you can do about your dirty laundry. You can get a separate bag for them, but they’ll still stink. Try adding a bar of soap to keep things fresh. Maybe even steal one from the hotel!
20. Not a Table Sandwich
They’re not making a sandwich. They are removing stains! Who knew that the best stain remover for wood furniture was mayo? Too good to be true? Not this time!
21. The Citrus Squeeze
We all have these clacking tongs in our utensil drawer. They are great for grilling but also for juicing your limes, oranges, and lemons!
22. Keep ‘Em Fresh
You can keep your fruit fresher by adding sponges to the crisper. They will asborb the moisture and extend the life of the fruit. The sponge may need changed regularly.
23. Clean Your Lights
There are tons of ways to remove scratches and clean your headlights. While oil, mayo, and finger nail polish remover are great, the best way is to use toothpaste!
24. Blot Away
Sometimes it’s from your late morning and sometimes it’s from the kitchen stove. But a greasy face is inevitable. Use a toilet seat cover when you’re on the go to remove it!
25. Something for Everyone
Now this is a glorious idea. Use a breadbox to create a charging station for guests and residents. You can even label each cord to make it easy on everyone.
26. Another Win for Sponge
Carve a soapdish out of a sponge for a multi-purpose dish. You can use the sponge on the outside of the soap to help wash your hands. It will have a safe place to set. Plus, the moisture will be absorbed.
27. Sharpens Your Mind Too
Use foil or sandpaper to sharpen scissors. All you have to do is cut them and your scissors will be sharper than ever. Quicker, cheaper, and easier than buying a sharpening block.
28. The Cure-All
If you grew up in a Mexican family, chances are, you have heard that Vick’s VapoRub can do anything. In this case, use it to repel your pets when training them to not chew on furniture.
29. Drop It
If you want to prevent your tea candles form sticking to the bottom of the holders, spray the cups with cooking spray beforehand. Don’t worry, a little spritz won’t start a fire.
30. Who Needs Files?
All it takes is a file sorter or two to clear up space in your pantry. Use them to store canned goods and save tons of space! They make great dispensers and are easy to use.
31. Stick a Cork in It
Corks are pretty, European rustic, and make great decorations. Use them for tiny plants and mount them on your wall or fridge. Aren’t they just adorable?
32. Ice Ice Baby
Need ice on the go? Fill your water bottle up about halfway with water, turn it on its side, and freeze it. When it’s done, you can add water and have cold water all day.
33. Toilet Seltzer
Need to clean the toilet in a jiffy? Alka-Seltzer works as good for cleaning it as it does for getting rid of that holiday heartburn. Try it out before the in-laws visit.
34. Now That’s Fancy
This is a great way to take an average chair and make it fabulous. Grab a bunch of belts and weave a seat out of them, buckling them underneath. Joanna would be proud.
35. Kinder Spirits
These little earbud holders are so adorable! We all have trouble keeping our earbuds untangled and in place, so using these Kinder cases could be an adorable life saver.
36. Have Twelve of Them
These soda pop tabs have tons of uses. One of them is hanging pictures. You can use them on the frame if there is no hook or on the wall if there is one.
37. GPS For Everyone
Getting GPS is totally a thing of the past considering your phone is just as good as a screen that does nothing more. However, mounting it isn’t always a piece of cake. Thankfully, all it takes is a rubber band to change that.
38. Too Simple to Be Amazing?
Nope! Using any old bowl will do when you need to amplify the sound of your music. Just make sure that the speaker is facing downwards and you will be sure to hear the music from the other room.
39. If You Have One
So you probably don’t have an old guitar lying around, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find one! This little shelf is absolutely adorable and deserves to be pursued.
40. For Thanksgiving Night
If you are pregnant, outgrowing your jeans, or just need a little leeway, then you’ve come to the right place. All you need is a ponytail holder and you can continue to splurge on stuffing.
41. Perfect Nails
If you want French Tips, then you can get them at home! Spend $0 on your nails and they can still look amazing. All you need is a rubber band!