20 Unusual Uses For Everyday Items


If you’ve ever used a potato to remove a broken the light bulb, you’ll know that necessity is the mother of invention. Sometimes the best way to get the job done is by thinking outside the box. Here are 20 unusual uses for everyday items. You can thank us later for this amazing life hacks.

1. Use ice cube trays to help with meal prep



You can save to much time and bother by getting a couple of ice cube trays at the dollar store and using them to freeze recipe starters like meat or vegetable stock, lemon juice, butter (especially flavored butter), and so on. A little prep will go a long way!

2. Use baking soda to clean cutting boards



Just dab some baking soda on the board and let it sit overnight. Rinse off in the morning to have a clean (and clean smelling) surface.

3. Use plastic bread fasteners as cord organizers



If you can’t tell which cord goes to what and they’re all tangled up, all you need is a zip tie to loop them together and those little plastic bread fasteners to clip around each one. They come in different colors and they take permanent markers well. Finally, know what everything is without having to unplug everything!

4. Use duct tape to remove splinters



No tweezers, needles, or magnifying glass needed. First figure out the direction of the splinter. Then put a small piece of duct tape over the area, and pull the tape off in the opposite direction the splinter entered your skin. You won’t feel anything but relief.

5. Use a bar of soap as a drawer deodorizer



One of the cheapest and easiest ways to keep your clothes smelling clean even after they’ve been sitting in a drawer for weeks is to use a bar of soap as a drawer deodorizer. Either use a whole bar or those otherwise useless leftover slivers and have just-washed-freshness every morning!

6. Use cooking spray to remove gum from your shoe



If you stepped in gum and need to get it off your sole, depending on what you have in the kitchen, you can use either WD40 or Pam cooking spray to remove it. Pam also works for squeaky doors if you run out of WD40. But do not use WD40 in place of Pam for anything.

7. Use wax paper to fix stuck zippers



This is a handy tip: if your zipper’s stuck, rub some wax paper on the teeth. Crayons work too but the wax paper has the benefit of not staining your material. Much better than oil!

8. Use a hairdryer to remove stickers



Whether your kids put them on the wall or there’s a stubborn price sticker on your new item, the easiest way to remove a sticker (without scraping or scrubbing) is to run a hairdryer over it until the adhesive warms up. It’ll come off just like that!

9. Use Alka Seltzer to clean toilets



Need to get some hard water buildup off without a lot of scrubbing? Drop a couple of Alka Seltzer tabs in the toilet and let them sit for 15-20 minutes. Then go about the rest of your day and let the fizzing do the work.

10. Use baby wipes to clean up glitter



Glitter everywhere? The best way to clean that up is baby wipes. They get the glitter out of even the tiniest spots and also clean up glue or any other sticky substance. If you enjoy crafts, you need these.