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Are you a collector of random things you know will come in handy? Well, today’s the day. Don’t go on a cleaning spree and throw everything away before you take a look at 24 items you didn’t know you could reuse, and save money. Let’s get to it.

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1. Make fire starters with old dryer lint.

A person starting a fire with dryer lint in a carboard tube.

Place used dryer sheets and dryer lint inside of an old paper towel or toilet paper tube. Pinch each end to keep the materials inside, and use them to easily start a fire.


2. Create new crayons out of broken ones.

Crayons made from melted crayons.

For this craft, you only need crayon pieces, a muffin tin, and cooking spray.

  1. Take off the paper from the crayons, and break them into ½-1 inch pieces.
  2. Spray the muffin tin with cooking spray, and add crayon pieces to each muffin cup.
  3. Put the muffin tin in the oven at 275 degrees, and bake for 7-8 minutes.


3. Use an old toothbrush for cleaning the house.

A person cleaning around a faucet with a toothbrush.


4. Grate unused soap for DIY laundry detergent.

A person grating a bar of soap into a bowl.

Combine two parts grated soap, one part borax, and one part washing soda. Use two tablespoons per load.


5. Store loose change in an empty gum container.

A person pouring out change from an Eclipse gum container.



6. DIY body scrubs with old coffee grounds.

A person scrubbing their hands with coffee grounds.

Add grounds to facial or body scrubs, and enjoy smoother skin!


7. Use an old dryer sheet to clean the lint trap screen.

A person wiping out a dryer lint trap with a fabric softener sheet.


8. Use soda-can tabs to hang more clothing.

A person holding two hangers connected by a soda tab with garments on them.


9. Scrub your lips with a clean mascara wand.

A person scrubbing their lips with a clean mascara wand.

Put a little lip balm on first for extra smoothness.


10. Use old candle wax in a candle warmer.

A person holding a jar candle that is almost empty.

Never — I repeat, never throw out your old candles.



11. Organize colored pencils and crayons in a fast-food drink carrier.

A cardboard drink holder with crayons and a cup with pencils.

Via School Girl Style


12. Plant succulents in old candle jars (once you’ve used the old wax).

Succulents in jars.


13. Use K-cups as mini popsicle molds.

A person hot gluing a hole in the bottom of a K-cup next to person putting tape and a popsicle stick in an empty K-cup.

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.


14. Reuse fake eyelashes up to five times.

A person holding fake eyelashes in their hand.

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.


15. Separate the yolk from an egg white with a plastic bottle.

A person separating egg yolks form the whites with a plastic bottle.

A water bottle with thicker plastic works perfectly.

  1. Crack an egg over a plate.
  2. Squeeze the empty water bottle slightly, and position it over the yoke.
  3. Slowly release your squeeze on the bottle to suck up the yolk.



16. Keep snacks in old coffee creamer containers.

A person pouring snacks out of a coffee creamer container.

Snacks like crackers and cereal stay fresh, and you’re less likely to spill.


17. Reuse plastic grocery bags to clean up after your dog.

A person picking up dog waste with a plastic bag next to 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.


18. Remove sweater pills with an old disposable razor.

A person using a razor to remove fuzz from a sweater.

Via The Krazy Coupon Lady


19. Organize drawers with cardboard boxes.

A person putting sock in a cardboard drawer divider.

You’ll need some cardboard, a ruler, and a box cutter to make these easy drawer dividers.

  1. 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.
  2. Then, measure about four 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.
  3. Using the slots as a guide, connect each divider section, place it in your drawer, and you’re done!


20. Reuse a shower curtain liner as a custom playmat.

A child pushing a toy car on a play mat.



21. Wrap your shoes in a shower cap when you travel.

Two shoes with shower cap over them.

It will keep them from dirtying up the rest of your luggage.


22. Store extra diapers and a change of clothes in an old baby wipes container.

A person holding a baby wipe container with extra diapers and baby clothes in it.

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.


23. Soak natural wine corks in rubbing alcohol for fire starters.

A person starting a fire with a wine cork.

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.


24. Get the most out of condiments by setting them upside down in an egg carton.

Three bottles upside in an egg carton in the door shelf of a refrigerator.

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24 Things You Didn't Know You Could Reuse