Want to save time and money? You will be unexpectedly surprised at what some of the household items you have in the cupboard can do, other than their designated purpose.
Instead of going out to the shops, first turn to your own home. There are plenty of multipurpose items that will be worth your while.
Some of the top multipurpose items are:
- Add half a cup of baking soda to your laundry powder to make your clothes cleaner and make the powder last longer.
- DIY air freshener – make your own home air scent by mixing some essential oils with baking soda, cover with a cloth and secure with a rubber band.
- Use it as a scrubber – scrunch up a piece of used foil to clean off tough stains from pots and pans.
- Place a layer of foil under your ironing board cover, this makes your ironing go quicker.
- Use it as a bird repellent – cut some pieces of foil and place in in fruit trees to protect the fruit produce.
GLASS JARS AND FOOD TINS:
- Remove the labels and use for houseplants, decorate it for a stylish touch.
- Paint an aluminium tin for a funky cutlery holder for your dining table.
- Use tins and jars as storage solutions for your desk.
- Use glass jars as tea light holders. You can also cover them in fabric and use flameless tea lights to create a soft glow through the fabric.
- Moisturiser – apply a small amount of olive oil to your face and body to see rapid moisturizing results.
- Use a small amount on a furniture to get your furniture glowing.
Rub some petroleum jelly on the outside corners of drawers and hinges to stop squeaking and to loosen up drawers.
- An old toothbrush works wonders for cleaning all the tricky hard-to-reach areas, for grout grime and to clean the soles of your shoes.
- Don’t have a brow-grooming brush? A cheap toothbrush will do the job.
- Can’t open a metal lid on a glass jar? Use the back of a spoon and tap all along the rim of the lid to ease up opening.
- Puffy eyes: put a spoon overnight in the fridge, use it to reduce puffiness and tired eyes.
- Struggling to thread a piece of cotton through the tiny needle-eye? Simply apply some nail polish to the tip of the cotton and let it dry for a minute. This makes threading so much easier.
- Prevent your skin from turning green from using inexpensive jewellery, apply some clear polish to the inside of your rings or apply a coat over shiny stones to keep them from falling out. You can also apply clear polish the tiny screws on your spectacles to prevent them from loosening.
- Use clear polish along the flap of an envelope to seal it.
- Colour-code your keys with different colour nail polish so you never fumble around at your door again.
Use lemons for your skin, hair and health. They can be used to treat blackheads and acne because of their antibacterial properties. Slice up a lemon and apply the juice to your face. Used over time, it also brightens your skin as lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid. Do not leave it on for longer than 5 minutes per day. When it comes to your health, because of the high source of vitamin C, lemon juice protects your immune system. Drinking warm water with a slice of lemon in it reduces joint and muscle pain. If you suffer from oily hair, make a solution using the juice of 1 lemon mixed in a glass of water. Massage it into your scalp after washing your hair with shampoo, leave it in for about 4 minutes and then rinse off. Many people have found that using lemon juice has solved their hair problems.
Before going to buy more things that will clutter up your home, sometimes the products you need are already around the house. Reusing items is a great way to save money and to go green.