Before you go on a cleaning spree and throw everything away, take a look at these 24 items you didn’t know you could reuse, and save money:
1. Reuse fake eyelashes up to five times.
Get the most use out of your fake eyelashes by cleaning and reusing them up to five times. Once you take them off, lay the lashes on a tissue and use a Q-Tip dipped in makeup remover to gently clean the lashes.
Do this until the mascara and glue have come off, and store in a dry place for the next use.
2. Use old coffee grounds as body scrub.
There are a few other reasons why you shouldn’t throw away used coffee grounds.
3. Make homemade popsicles with old K-Cups.
First, plug the hole with a bit of tape or hot glue. The easiest way to make homemade popsicles is to freeze juice or yogurt, but you can use whatever recipe you’d like.
Fill clean, plugged K-Cups with the liquid of your choice, and place a craft stick in the cup (you may want to cut sticks in half so they aren’t so long), using tape to center the stick. Place filled cups on a baking sheet and freeze.
Check out a few more pretty incredible ways to reuse K-Cups.
4. Keep snacks in old coffee creamer containers.
Snacks like crackers and cereal stay fresh, and you’re less likely to spill.
5. Reuse plastic grocery bags to clean up after your dog.
Instead of wasting money each month by buying poop bags, reuse what you already have lying around.
I use plastic bags to pick up poop, flip it inside out, and tie it up. Simple, easy, and mess free. Take a look at more clever ways to save on dog expenses.
6. Store loose change in an empty gum container.
7. Scrub your lips with a clean mascara wand.
Put a little lip balm on first for extra smoothness.
8. Remove sweater pills with an old disposable razor.
9. Create a custom play mat with an old shower curtain.
Like this idea? Take a look at even more incredible ways to reuse a shower curtain liner.
10. Use soda-can tabs to hang more clothing.
11. Wrap your shoes in an old shower cap when traveling.
It will keep them from dirtying up the rest of your luggage.
There’s even more shower cap hacks that’ll make your life easier!
12. Use old candle wax in a candle warmer.
Never — I repeat, never throw out your old candles. Instead, look at all the ways you can reuse them!
13. Store extra diapers and a change of clothes in an old baby wipes container.
Attach a small wipes package to the top of the holder with rubber bands, and store extra diapers and a change of clothes in the bottom.
14. Organize colored pencils and crayons in a fast-food drink carrier.
There are so many ways to organize with free stuff.
15. Plant succulents in old candle jars (once you’ve used the old wax).
16. Use an old dryer sheet to clean the lint trap screen.
Check out even more dryer sheet hacks that’ll blow your mind.
17. Make laundry detergent with old hotel soap.
Combine two parts ground soap, one part borax and one part washing soda. Use two tablespoons per load.
18. Use a plastic bottle to separate the yolk from an egg white.
A water bottle with thicker plastic works perfectly. Crack an egg over a plate. Squeeze the empty water bottle slightly, and position over the yoke. Slowly release your squeeze on the bottle to suck up the yolk.
There are even more ways to reuse plastic water bottles. Check it out!
19. Use an old toothbrush for cleaning the house.
20. Reuse broken crayons to make new ones.
For this craft, you only need crayon pieces, a muffin tin and cooking spray.
Take off the paper from the crayons, and break them into ½-1 inch pieces. Spray the muffin tin with cooking spray, and add crayon pieces to each muffin cup. Put the muffin tin in the oven at 275 degrees, and bake for 7-8 minutes.
While you’re at it, take a look at easy crayon crafts your kids can do to bust boredom.
21. Soak natural corks in rubbing alcohol and use them as fire starters.
Fill a mason jar with wine corks and 90% rubbing alcohol, and let the corks soak for at least a week before using. If you’re in need of fire starters ASAP, the alcohol-soaked corks should work after soaking for two days.
Just make sure the corks you burn are made from all-natural cork. Synthetic corks won’t burn as easily.
Check out even more wine cork hacks that’ll blow your mind.
22. Get the most out of condiments by setting them upside down in an egg carton.
23. Organize drawers with cardboard boxes.
You’ll need some cardboard, a ruler, and a box cutter to make these easy drawer dividers.
First, measure your drawer and use the dimensions to create lines on a piece of cardboard. You’ll make two sets of divider pieces: one set for the width, and one set for the length of the drawer.
Then, measure about 4 inches down into each divider section to create slots. Before you cut out the entire divider section, cut out the thin slots — trust me, it’s easier this way.
Using the slots as a guide, connect each divider section, place in your drawer, and you’re done!
24. Make fire starters with old dryer lint.
Place used dryer sheets and dryer lint in the inside of an old paper towel or toilet paper tube. Pinch each end to keep the materials inside, and use to easily start a fire.