Have you ever looked at some of the things in your home and thought to yourself: “I wonder what else I could do with those old newspapers or that can opener?”
Well, it turns out you can do a lot! And it's not just those household items that have more than just one function.
We all have those secret tips that have been passed on from generation to generation, and now, thanks to the internet, these secret tips are only a Google away.
Some of them are quite obvious (we have been using newspapers to drain off excess oil for years), others you may have not have thought of before (as you will see with item number 5), but all of them are really handy little hacks that you can use to make your life just a little bit easier.
In addition to that, these tips will greatly improve the utility of your items. You will definitely be getting more value for your money by using these items to the best of their abilities.
Because, let’s face it, most of the time they are just lying around taking up space until you use them for their intended purpose.
There is so much more to newspapers than reading and wrapping up fish and chips. Realsimple.com have come up with a number of uses for those old papers:
- Deodorise your plastic containers by placing a ball of paper in it, sealing it tight and leaving it overnight.
- Ripen tomatoes by wrapping them individually and leaving them out at room temperature.
- Wipe off tough greasy stains on glass
- Line the bottom of your fridge with paper to keep the veggie draw stink free.
2. Can opener
You know those tightly packaged items covered in that hard plastic which are meant to be childproof but are actually human proof ? Well, Buzzfeed found a great fool proof way open it. You can crack it wide open (literally) with a can opener, so you no longer have to struggle with a pair of scissors or a badly-angled steak knife.
3. Clear Nail Polish
In addition to making your nails shine, clear nail polish can be used to prevent your skin from turning that weird bluish green colour when wearing copper or steel rings. Listotic.com also says you can use it to secure tiny screws in reading glasses or buttons on your clothes. All you have to so is coat these items with the nail polish!
4. Colander as an ice bucket
Don’t you just hate plunging your hand in ice cold water trying to find a solid ice cube in an ice bucket that has been sitting in the sun for too long? Why not use a colander instead? Putting a colander over a bowl and filling it with ice is the perfect ice bucket. The melted water drains out into the bowl and the ice stays in the colander – simple.
According to the Huffington Post, mayo (a staple in anyone’s household) doubles up as water stain remover! Whenever people forget to use coasters and leave those annoying rings all over your wooden table, just slap some mayo onto a paper towel, leave it on the stain for 15 minutes and then just wipe it off.