If you are like me, you can’t seem to throw anything away. You ponder and look online how to repurpose items that would ordinary go in the trash. So, I asked some of my green sisters what ordinary household items do they re-use or repurpose. Boy, did they deliver. Here are their ideas. Be sure to add your’s in the comments below. (Post links are welcomed!)
P. S. I bet you won’t look at trash in the same way…
10 Repurpose or Reuse Ideas for Ordinary Household Items
1. Reuse Your Cereal Bags. If you don’t buy your cereal in bulk, re-use your cereal bags in lieu of using wax paper. See how Kristina of the Greening of Westford re-uses her bags.
In fact, you could buy your cereal in bulk and put them in your own cereal bags to keep fresh, using a Eurosealer. (Note, repeated uses of the tool will slice the bag so you will have to seal a new place.)
2. Keep your rubber bands. I have a little old cream cheese cup in my cabinet where I store my rubbers bands. I use them in a multitude of ways:
- drying herbs –simply put a rubber band around the herb stems, use a paper clip and hang them upside down on a cabinet door knob.
- Fermenting foods–use the rubber band to secure the cheese clothe or coffee filter around your fermenting crock.
- Jump rope–Use them to make a jump rope ( thanks to a suggestion on Kristina’s site.)
3. Re-use your K-cups as planters. Heather of Hippy Homesteader provides a short how to tutorial here on to use the K-cups as planters. Yogurt cups work well too.
4. Don’t pitch those wine corks: Use wine corks to make a coat rack! See Lisa of Condo Blue’s tutorial here.
5. Repurpose old ribbon or yarn: Do you have a stash of old ribbon hanging around? Make a pom pom using old yarn or ribbons. See Becky of Glue and Glitter’s tutorial here.
6. Repurposing old diaper boxes. Instead of pitching those diaper boxes, consider making them into a storage box for your pantry or linen closet. See Sarah of Mindfully Frugal Mom’s tutorial here. Don’t forget to use scraps of fabric or old pillow cases that are laying around.
6. Got old sweaters? Consider making them into pillows! See Emily of Liverenewed’s tutorial here.
7. Re-purpose old tights: Use old tights to make a no-sew draft snake to reduce air infiltration coming in from your windows and doors. See Tiffany of Nature Moms’ no sew tutorial. Use old long socks too.
8. Don’t pitch those tissue boxes: Have you ever considered using your tissue boxes to make toys? Betsy of Econovice turned her tissue box into a train station! See the tutorial here.
9. Giving panty hose a new life. I love old panty hose since they are life savers in the garden! Small critters love my squashes. I put the squash in the legs of the panty hose and secure it with a tie or a knot. Those hose have saved me more squashes then you can count on two hands. (Be sure to read all my panty hose repurpose suggestions here.)
10. Those darn missing socks. I have a huge pile in my laundry room of socks missing pairs. Does my washing machine eat them? Karen of ecokaren has an ingenuous idea what to do with those socks. Make drier balls! Read her tutorial here.
Join the Conversation:
What ordinary household items do you repurpose or reuse?
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