Everybody hears about “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” but beyond recycling some aluminum cans, most people do not really get into it. What if you could actually redecorate your home by implementing the phrase though? You can. You can repurpose what you already own.
This method lets you make home improvements and spiff up your living quarters without investing a dime. You simply repurpose items you already have at home.
Occasionally, the repurposing calls for varnish or paint. Use leftover paint from house painting or spray paint from school projects.
You can also repurpose common household items to improve and simplify cleaning your home. You can vastly improve your way of life with these 40 household hacks.
Pool Noodle Boot Preservers
Preserve your boots and help them hold their shape using a pool noodle. Cut the Styrofoam noodle into pieces that match the height of each pair of boots. Slip the noodle piece into the boot to hold it up as if you were wearing it. This helps your boots keep from developing worn areas from folding over.
Bread Bag Closure Cord Labels
Label your cords in the power strip using plastic bread bag closures. The hearty plastic provides plenty of space to write the name of the appliance. Use permanent marker to create the labels and let them dry thoroughly before attaching them to the cords.
Shower Hook Closet Organizers
Organize your bags, belts, purses and scarves in your closet by hanging them on shower hooks. Your old shower hooks can hang on the closet rod just as they did the shower curtain rod. You can hang items on them that do not require a full hanger and make everything easier to access.
Clean Purses with a Lint Roller
Clean the interior of your bags and purses easily with a lint roller. Simply swoosh it around inside the emptied bag to pick up all the lint and small trash. The sticky on lint rollers provides the power to pick up loose change as well as lint and paper remnants.
Tissue Box Plastic Bag Organizer
Organize small plastic bags from shopping to re-use as trash bags by re-using an empty tissue box. Once you have depleted the tissues in that pretty, decorative box, simply stuff it full of empty, plastic bags. You will always have them at hand when you need to change the trash bag and your dispenser will match your decor.
File Organizer as a Pan Keeper
Organize baking sheets, pizza pans, baking rounds, trays, cutting boards, etc. by repurposing a wire, metal or wood file organizer. It provides easy access to every item at a glance and fits into the large under shelf cabinet in your kitchen. You never again have to lift one pan to get to another.
Wine Glasses as Candle Holders
Turn mismatched wine glasses into candle holders. Perhaps you stopped drinking and your wine glasses just take up space now. Pour a bit of sand or small seashells in the bottom of a clean wine glass, then insert a votive candle. You could also flip the glasses over lip down to rest the votive on top of the stemware.
Clean Computer Keyboards with a Q-tip
Clean your computer keyboard with a Q-tip or your clean blush brush. Sometimes you run out of canned air, but you still need the crumbs out of your keys. Wash your makeup brush completely and allow it to dry before using it to clean the keyboard lest you spread blusher where you really do not want it.
Organize Unused Cords in Toilet Paper Rolls
Keep old or unused power cords well organized by folding them into toilet paper rolls, then organize the rolls into the storage box. You will have no mess to untangle when you unpack the box or need to get out a replacement USB cord.
Use Old Drawers as Under Bed Storage
Before you throw out an old dresser, salvage any drawers you possibly can. Mount casters/wheels to the bottom of the drawer and use it as under bed storage. It will look pretty even if someone notices you have something stored under the bed.
Re-paint or Re-varnish an Old Chair or Table
Paint or varnish an old table or chair to spiff it up. Strip the old paint off first, then let the wood dry. Paint or vanish it with your choice of color. You can create a rainbow selection of chairs by painting each one a different color.
Create a Wall Display from an Old Shutter
Create an exciting wall display by repainting an old shutter. Slide silk flowers into the upper slats so that only the flowers show. You can also dress it up by adding a wreath or twining string lights between the slats.
Use Plastic Coffee Containers as Matching Food Storage Containers
Repurpose plastic coffee containers like those from Folgers by removing the outer wrapper and washing it well. You can paint the solid colored canister or use it as is. These lidded plastic containers make great cookie jars. Also, use them to store homemade candies, hardboiled eggs, etc. If you drink a lot of coffee, you can quickly amass enough to use for sugar and rice storage or dry pasta containers. The largest containers are the perfect height for spaghetti.
Turn Metal Coffee Cans into Planters
Repurpose metal coffee containers by washing them well, then spray painting them any color you desire. Poke a few holes in the bottom to use it as a planter. Leave the bottom solid to use it as an organizer. You can create a set in any number you desire to store small items for crafting or to help organize a child’s room. They make great lidded bins for hair ties, hair clips, binder clips, crayons, pens and pencils and crafting supplies.
Build a Desk from a Door
Turn an old door into a hearty desk by adding legs or setting it onto two equal height file cabinets or two small bookcases. Saw horses or the metal frame from an old glass-topped desk will also work. You can use the door as is or strip it, then vanish or paint it. Remove the door knob and lock mechanism to create a hole perfectly sized to run power cords through.
Make Outdoor Chairs and Tables from Old Tires
Repurpose used tires by painting them various colors and using them decoratively as yard décor or planters. Hung on a wooden fence, it makes a colorful planter or display for gardening tools or other items. Stack four or five and top with a glass round tabletopper to create a decorative table. Set one standing up, partially buried, then add one lying on the ground in front of it. Fill the center with soil and top with sod, so grass quickly grows in it. This creates a rubber chair that lets you plop down to enjoy your garden.
Make a Swing from Old Tires
Repurpose an old tire by making a swing out of it. Hang it from a sturdy branch to provide a swing for children or adults. You can use it as is or paint it a fun color first. Use a sturdy rope and double lash it around the branch and the top of the tire round.
Make Shelves from Old Desk or Cabinet Drawers
Salvage the drawer from a small desk or cabinet that cannot otherwise be repaired and use it as a wall shelf or planter. Paint it or decoupage it, then secure it to the wall using bookshelf supports. You can use other salvaged portions of the furniture item to make smaller interior, shelves.
Turn an Old Wood Pallet into a Headboard
Wash and varnish a wood pallet to use as a headboard. Run clear string lights in between the slats to provide illumination in the evening. A single pallet provides the perfect width for a twin or full bed. Use two pallets for a queen or king headboard.
Create a Sprinkler or Soaker from an Old Garden Hose
Repurpose an old garden hose by poking holes in it to create a sprinkler. You can create a soaker for your yard or for the kids to run through. If it cracked, there is no problem because that just creates another hole for the water to spout out.
Use a Vintage Ladder as a Drying Rack
Repurpose a vintage ladder as a drying rack by hanging it from the ceiling in your laundry room. You can paint it to match the ceiling first or use a contrasting color.
Use a Vintage Ladder as a Bookshelf
You can also use a vintage ladder as a bookshelf. Paint it to match the wall. Hang it on the wall, affixed by two metal or wood shelf brackets.
Use a Dish Drying Rack as a File Holder
Turn your metal or wood dish drying rack into a file holder. Wash it first. Once dry, you can organize up to 30 files in most racks a much more massive number than most file folder racks accomodate.
Use Empty Wine Bottles as Taper Candle Holders
Empty wine bottles can become taper candle holders. Soak off the label. Rinse the bottle and let it dry. Insert a taper candle in the neck. If you decide to paint the bottle, check the paint type first. Some paints cannot be used because they are flammable. It is best to use bottles that you like as is for this candle holder craft.
Turn Empty Wine Bottles into Flower Vases.
Empty wine bottles can also become flower vases. Soak off the label. Rinse the bottle and let it dry. Insert your choice of silk flowers or live flowers. Tie ribbon around the neck for decoration.
Create Wrist Rests Out of Pool Noddles
Make wrist rests for every computer in your home by slicing one pool noodle into four equal lengths, then slicing each length in half length-wise. Flip it over on the arc and your wrists remain at the ideal height to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.
Create a Planter from an Old Flour Sifter
Turn an old flour sifter into a planter. They provide a retro look plus the mesh in the sifter helps you keep from overwatering the plant. Use it as is for a country home look with the nickel-plating or tin, or paint it something colorful.
Create a Drawer Stopper from a Pool Noodle
Use a portion of one of the pool noodles as a drawer stopper if your cutlery organizer has a tendency to slide back and forth in the drawer. Insert the length of pool noodle at the very back of the drawer then re-insert the organizer. The noodle length holds in in place and you never see it.
Use a one cent piece as a shim.
Glue a penny to the bottom of the short leg of a wobbly table or chair. The penny is the perfect height to act as a shim and it’s more durable than wood. Use wood glue or a hot glue gun for best results.
Turn Book Pages into Wallpaper
Turn the pages of books that got wet into wallpaper once they dry. As a book, the tome may be ruined, but as wallpaper, you can use it. Decoupage the pages to your choice of wall to a create a creative, personalized accent wall. You can set pages side by side or overlap them.
Clean Light Fixtures in the Dishwasher
Use your dishwasher in a new way – to wash the light fixtures throughout your home. Most fixtures are ceramic or glass and dishwasher safe. Dump any dead bugs out into the trash can, then load the fixtures in the dishwasher as you would your dishes. Use regular dishwasher crystals such as Cascade.
Dryer Sheets Clean Sliding Glass Doors
Clean your sliding glass shower doors with dryer sheets. Rub the sheets on the doors to remove soap scum and leave a great scent behind. Do not use any cleanser on the dryer sheets or the shower doors. It will not mix well with the coating on most dryer sheets.
Use Stray Socks to Clean Blinds
Clean blinds easily and make use of stray socks by using the one that does make it out of the dryer. Slip the sock over one hand, lightly spray it with window cleaner and slide it over each slat of the blinds. Your blinds simply wipe clean. Toss it in the washer to clean your sock glove and reuse it. Now you have a use for all those mateless socks.
Make Furniture Polish with Vinegar and Lemon Oil
Mix your own furniture polish if you run out just when company is on its way. Mix equal parts lemon oil and vinegar, then dampen a dust cloth with the mixture. Wipe wood furniture clean. This natural mixture is safe for any wood and leaves it refreshed and shining.
Vinegar Removes Hard Water Stains
Remove hard water stains by soaking paper towels with vinegar, then covering the stains with them. Let them soak overnight. The vinegar lifts the stains and the next day, you just wipe them off of your bathtub or sink.
Newspaper to Unstink Wet Shoes
Unstink wet shoes with newspaper. Crumple newspaper and stuff it inside the wet shoes. Leave them out to air dry overnight. Remove the newspaper in the morning. You can sprinkle a little baking soda in the bottom of the shoes before inserting the newsprint if you want to freshen them, too.
Olive Oil as Makeup Remover
Use olive oil as makeup remover. This skin healthy oil moisturizes skin as it removes makeup. Soak a cotton ball with the oil and swipe it over your eyelids. You can use it on your whole face to remove base and powder, blush, lipstick, etc. Wash your face after using the oil as remover.
Olive Oil as Moisturizer
Use olive oil as moisturizer on your hands, elbows, heels, anywhere you need extra moisture. Virgin or extra virgin makes a terrific body oil and this oil is light enough that even those with somewhat oily skin can use it.
Tennis Balls in the Dryer to Keep Stuffing in Place
Toss a couple of new or clean tennis balls into the dryer with a comforter or sleeping bag to keep the stuffing from moving into one corner of the item while it dries. The bouncing of the tennis balls distributes the down or filling as it dries.
Cover Windshields with Cardboard
Cut a cardboard box into a flat piece to cover your windshield in freezing weather. Place it over the windshield under the wipers. You will wake up to find you have no ice on the windshield. You will immediately be able to see out of your windshield to drive.
Man Gives Girlfriend Timeless Gift, Two Years Later She Finds the Secret Inside!
Terry held the piece of polished wood in his hands for a moment, thumb gracing the secret seam. The gift had been carefully selected and patiently chosen. After all, what Terry was looking at was far more than a simple piece of polished wood. Inside of the gleaming wooden prism was a second gift, a secret one, for the love of Terry’s life, Anna.
The gift itself was not meant to be found right away and so Terry let Anna hold onto it, knowing one day he’d help reveal the gift inside to her. What was inside? What was Anna’s reaction? Let’s dig in!
Cat Named A Hero After Saving Infant
Dogs often get top-billing as man’s best friend, but cats have proven themselves to be capable of winning the title as well. That was the case with one very tuned-in tuxedo cat that picked up right away there was something wrong with a babysitter. As if smelling the issue on the person, the cat was not only able to sense the problem, but the feline was also able to warn its owners to the issue effectively enough that a bigger tragedy was averted.
She Wasn’t Prepared For The Scribblings Inside Her Husband’s Journal
Grab your phone and overnight bag Claire screamed into her daughters room, as she frantically starting packing her toddler son’s things. It was nearing midnight and they had been sound asleep, but Claire needed to get herself and the kids out of the house quickly.
Elderly Man Found Hanging On To His Capsized Vessel For Survival
Family members, friends, fellow mariners are all thankful that a senior who went missing off the coast of Florida has been found and is receiving medical attention.
62-year-old Stuart Bee was rescued by the crew from a cargo ship en route to Denmark even as the US Coastguards and others searched diligently for him for two consecutive days.
Mr. Bee was hanging on for dear life to the bow of his boat and waving his shirt desperately to draw the attention of anyone in the approaching vessel. Little did he know that they were headed to retrieve him from the salty water and overall weather he had been exposed to for the three days.
The crew on the vessel known as Angeles had been on the lookout for the stranded man as they had received an enhanced call from the United States Coast Guard to stay alert for a missing sailor and his vessel. The critical message from the Coastguards reached every large boat within a certain mile radius to help with the mission.
How did Mr. Bee end up in this horrific situation?
About 4:00 Friday after Mr. Bee went for what was deemed as a typical ride out to sea, which would only be for a few hours. He was onboard a recreational Sea Ray boat named Sting Ray; a 32-foot vessel left to sea from Cape Marina at Port Canaveral.
Mr. Bee, who would typically return to the Marina, had not done so up to Saturday morning, which drew the concern of another marina member. The fellow seaman decided to report him missing just before midday on Saturday, less than 18-hours after the Sting Ray had left the docks.
He emphasized to Coast Guard officials that it was highly unusual for the small boat to be out at night and, even more so, such a long time.
All this time, the sailor was stranded at sea due to mechanical difficulties on his boat while more than eighty miles away from the coast. This rendered the boat immovable, and Mr. Bee had to call it a night. It’s, however, a night he won’t soon forget. On his second night stuck at sea, he noticed around midnight that the vessel was rapidly taking on water. This could not have been worse timing since everything around the mariner was pitch black.
The boat eventually capsized, and he clung to it with all he had, hoping for someone, anyone, to pass by and see him.
The Angeles crew members aboard their 225-foot cargo ship had been vigilant from the moment they got the Coast Guard message, and it reaped success. According to US Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class David Micallefto, about 11:00 Sunday morning, the Angeles crew sighted Mr. Bee and rescued him. To think he could summon the strength to wave after being exposed to the elements all weekend was indeed an inspiration to his rescuers.
Earlier that morning, a US Coast Guard team from Clearwater, with the assistance of an Aircraft hovering, made futile attempts to find the missing mariner. It was a sense of relief when they got the call from the Angeles crew that they had spotted Mr. Bee and rescued him.
Mr. Micallefto emphasized that everything about the rescue is so “amazing.” He said the Coast Guard is grateful to the Angeles team for responding so positively to the broadcast about the missing man. He says, more importantly, Mr. Bee can spend Christmas with his loved ones.
An important point to note is the unity among mariners. Everyone heeded the call for assistance, from the US Customs and Border Patrol to passing vessels. It proved to be profitable with the man’s rescue.
A Incredibly Speedy Kidney Delivery
A Lamborghini is supposed to be used as a race car. It is the ultimate design in vehicular mechanics and road-racing performance. That said, it’s not everyday one goes about driving 300 miles in just under two hours and it’s allowed.
The Italian police picked up their own copy of the Lamborghini Huracan in 2017. Italy is quite famous for some of its characters, and the police decided it made sense to have at least one vehicle that could keep up with an over-powered criminal in a very hot car. That said, that wasn’t the only purpose justifying the acquisition. When delivery of items or materials had to be done quickly, far faster than normal transport could provide, the Huracan was brought out. And that included transporting critical life-saving shipments as well. The vehicle was even fitted for refrigeration as a result.
Physically, the Italian police Lamborghini is by all respects a bona fide police vehicle. It is fitted with a light bar system, a full paint job and logo, and the inside is decked out with a police computer and radar tools for traffic enforcement.
In the latest major use of the vehicle, the Huracan was assigned for a fast delivery of a kidney. The distance was a long stretch, running from Rome all the way to Padua. The engine was more than up to the job. A V10 assembly easily capable of running at 145 mph without straining, the Huracan’s only major issue was the driver’s ability to control the car and other traffic being in the way. The second part was generally resolved with some flashing of the police lights and a bit of siren noise to wake up the sleepy truck driver or two.
Once arrived, the entire trip made for a very handy marketing event that the Italian police were quick to post online via Twitter, showcasing the entire affair and the vehicle as well. Driving from Rome to Padua basically totaled 489 kilometers (a smidge over 300 miles). Time wise, the police made the run in two hours with their Lamborghini, a trip that typically would take over five hours, even with a respectable vehicle at normal speeds.
There were other alternatives for the kidney transfer; Italy has plenty of its own helicopters, including the police agencies. However, the Huracan did prove its worth, and it gave the officers a chance to really put a 602 horsepower engine through its paces with full authorization.
The whole affair was quite operational and had no resemblance to a road rally. There were no crowds waiting at every turn or a track completely flagged with blaring horns and track lights. But as far as the doctors were concerned, there might as well have been because the kidney arrived in ample time, suffered no degeneration, and was implanted into the surgical patient successfully, likely saving another life. And that, ultimately meant everything that all the effort and resources could arguably be justified after all. But there’s no argument, the whole affair made for a good marketing for the Italian police as well.
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