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Alternative Uses For 21 Different Household Items

 There are so many useful things to know in life. We keep piling up so many things in our homes, using each for a single purpose, but there is so much more to do with them. Don't underestimate what you have because people used to DIY everything, and now that we don't need to, well, we've forgotten a lot of what our ancestors knew about using the materials we take for granted. Every material has alternative uses. Take tea, for example. Did you know there are over 16 great uses for tea BESIDES drinking it? These are the kinds of tips we should all know and pass on to those we care to educate. 
 
This collection of tips has the wild potential to improve lives and make them more comfortable. We hope you put some of this helpful information to good use!
 
 

1. 16 Further Uses for tea
There's nothing like a hot cup of tea, especially on a cold day. Not only does tea warm the body and give us inner peace, but it also fights cancer, lowers the risk of stroke and helps our cells fight aging. However, if you thought that is where the usefulness of this drink ends, you are sorely mistaken...
 
2. Creative Penny Projects
Pennies are the most circulated coin in the United States and are made of copper. Many people seem to have them lying around or collect them in jars. Why not take those beauties and turn them into art? Here are 16 different ideas for decorating with these ubiquitous coins.
 

3. 14 Practical Uses for a Binder Clip

There are many items that we consider useful in a very limited manner, but can actually be used in various other ways. For example, take the binder clip – most people wouldn’t think this handy little clip can do more than just bind paper, but, as you’ll see below, it has many other uses.
 
4. 14 Creative Uses For Old Coat Hangers
Coat Hangers are useful little objects we all need to hang our favorite clothes in the closet but they tend to accumulate and sometimes even bend or break, leaving them unsuitable for their stated function. However, a bent or misshapen coat hanger does not necessarily need to be thrown in the bin - it has plenty of other potential uses! Our list runs through fourteen creative ways you can use an old coat hanger around the house and garden.
 

5. 11 Uses for Bleach Other than Bleaching

One of the most common household cleaning detergents is bleach, which is the commercial name for a number of chemicals that whiten, remove color and disinfect. The chemical we’ll be referring to in this article is chlorine. Bleach is mainly used to whiten fabrics and disinfect toilets, among other things, but bleach can do much more. WARNING: When dealing with bleach, make sure to wear gloves, avoid any contact with the eyes, and use it only in well-ventilated areas.
 

6. 12 Handy Ways Your Old Socks Can Be Recycled

It seems every morning I peer into my sock drawer I can’t put on the pair I want because one of the pair has had enough and left home. Confused and self-recriminating, I am left with the scars of a messy divorce and no hope of counseling. Well, not anymore. Here we have assembled a terrifically useful list of 12 handy ways that a newly-single sock or stocking can regain their purpose, and reinvent their use. 
 

7. 13 Creative Uses for Plastic Food Wrap

Everyone has a roll or two of plastic food or Saran wrap in their kitchen, but most of us only really use it for one thing. Unfortunately, this is a great waste because food wrap actually has more than a dozen other creative uses just waiting to be utilized. Have a look at this fantastic list of 13 things you can do with food wrap that goes way beyond what you ever thought possible. Who knows? This video may even inspire you to come up with some of your own inventive ideas!
 

8. 21 Surprising Uses for Soap

Almost everybody has at least one bar of soap at home, and that's what makes this list so powerful. Because soap is not only useful for keeping yourself clean, it's also the most versatile household wonder. Here, we've collected 21 very surprising uses that soap has - we have everything from tidying up broken glass and fixing squeaky doors to making sculptures and removing old wallpaper. This is one list you're not going to wash your hands of!
 

9. 10 Extra Uses for Baby Powder

Baby or talcum powder is something that most people only use for babies, or the occasional sweaty feet scenario. Yet this is a big mistake because baby powder has loads of amazing practical applications that you’d love to know about. Here are 10 handy and surprising uses for talcum powder.
 

10. 12 Wonderful Uses of WD-40

Most of us have an old spray can of WD-40 lying around somewhere in our house or garage. We probably keep it around to fix something in our car or to grease an old hinge, but we never really use it much. However, you'll be amazed to know how many other things this simple oil spray can be used for, and what a fast, easy solution it can be to some very common problems.
 

11. 18 Reasons to Keep Epsom Salt in Your Medicine Cabinet

Epsom Salt is a little-known mineral that can fix just about anything. Named after the spring in Surrey, England in which it was found, this mineral can be ingested or applied topically. Its chemical name is magnesium sulfate, and this natural remedy offers many health benefits.
 

12. Different Uses of Vicks VaporRub

Vicks VapoRub has been around for over a century, and it can now be found in many households across the globe. You probably have this very useful medical ointment sitting at home right now in one of your cabinets. So let us take a look at some of the unique and clever ways that Vicks can be used in everyday life.
 

13. Great Extra Uses for Regular Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil is one of those things a kitchen just can't do without, but it's mainly used for cooking and wrapping food. Well, I'm here to tell you that this household item has many more uses than just those two, and can help you in a number of areas.
 

14. 9 Surprising Aspirin Uses

Aspirin, otherwise known as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), is a wonder drug you probably have in your house somewhere because it’s so effective at treating pain, fever, and inflammation. Yet, these powerful little pills also have a range of surprising uses that most people don’t know about. Here are 9 such uses that make aspirin a drug that we can hardly do without.
 

15. 18 Uses For Sandpaper You Wish You Knew Before

Sandpaper is a toolbox favorite for good reason. It is cheap and simple, yet incredibly useful in pretty much any DIY project involving wood or metal. As is so often the case, however, the simplest objects have the widest range of uses and sandpaper proves it - by providing a simple solution to a number of everyday problems around the home and garden. Some of these are fantastic, and I can't believe I haven't been using them before!
 

16. 16 Different Household Uses For Humble Cornstarch

Cornstarch is one of those mysterious items you have in your pantry. It only costs a dollar, so you probably bought it at least one time and now you're unsure what it’s good for. Well, in case you're out of ideas, I'm going to show you why this cheap item is actually one of the best materials to have around the house, and how it can make your life much easier.
 

17. Surprising Uses of Nail Polish Remover

If you think that nail polish remover is just for preparing for a new manicure, then you are sorely mistaken. This popular beauty tool can actually be used to improve the look of your clothing, household furnishings, and even your laptop! Below are 11 unexpected ways you can use nail polish remover to make your life easier.

 

18. Uses for Cooking Spray

Cooking spray is handy to keep in your kitchen - it prevents you from burning your pan. But, there are other ways you can use it. Here are 10 alternative uses for cooking spray around your home. 
 

19. 12 Unexpected ChapStick Uses

Did you know that ChapStick can do a lot more than heal dry lips? But, believe it or not, the very product that you’re carrying in your purse right now can be used on shoes, clothing, and even household items. Below you’ll find 12 completely unexpected things that a trusty tube of lip balm can do.

 

20. 10 Additional Uses for Dryer Sheets

Who knew that something as simple as a dryer sheet could have so many uses? Starting today, you no longer need to toss away used dryer sheets, because the following 10 tips can turn any sheet into a completely different product that will help you throughout your home.
 

21. 11 Different Ways to Use Wax Candles

Candles are objects found in almost every household and are used in a variety of forms, such as heating, lighting and combustible materials, but these aren’t the only things that can be done with wax candles, and they have several other useful uses. In this article, you’ll learn about 11 other ways to use candles that will surprise and improve your everyday life. After reading these helpful tips, you’ll never again throw away fully or partially used candles!
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