We all want our lives to be a little bit simpler, but often it seems like it’s not worth the effort to make life easier. However, sometimes the answer is right in front of our faces and we just don’t know it. There are many household items that have uses beyond their originally intended ones. Here are some great alternate uses for everyday products that you won’t believe you’ve never thought of before now. Look out for #4!
1. Use chalk to keep ants out
Ants are some of the most annoying pests. They can invade homes in the summer when it’s too hot for them to be outside and in the winter when it’s too cold. Aside from smelly and potentially harmful bug sprays, there are few alternatives for getting rid of them – until now. Use some ordinary chalk to draw lines around their entry points. They don’t like the calcium carbonate that chalk contains, so they’ll be sure to stay away.
2. Use vinegar to avoid moldy cheese
It’s no secret that vinegar has many uses but here’s one you probably didn’t know. Soaking a cloth in vinegar and wrapping it around hard cheese will help to prevent mold spores from forming. Just make sure it’s sealed in a zip-top bag and placed in an airtight container.
3. Use disposable cups as a sifter
It’s easy to fashion a sifter out of a disposable cup. Just poke some holes into the bottom and put sugar, powered sugar, cinnamon or whatever you wish to sprinkle onto a dessert into the top opening. Once you’re done, just toss it away.
4. Use cornstarch to untangles knots
It can be frustrating and time-consuming to untangle a knot, but now you won’t ever have to do it again. Next time you have a shoelace, string or chain necklace that won’t untangle, just sprinkle some cornstarch on it and it will be free in no time.
5. Use a coffee filter to catch drips and crumbs
Simply poking a hole through the bottom of a coffee filter with the stick of an ice cream treat will make a great drip catcher. Hands no longer need to get all sticky and gross. You can also use the coffee filter to hold cookies or other treats that easily make crumbs. When you’re done, just throw it away along with the crumbs and drips.
6. Petroleum jelly wipes away water marks
Those white water marks on wood furniture are so unattractive. Next time you forget to bring your water glass back into the kitchen and end up with one, just dab a bit of petroleum jelly on it and let it sit for 24 hours. Then, wipe it off and polish your furniture as usual. The mark will be long gone.
7. Use a hair drier to set frosting or icing
Blowing a little hot air onto a cake will brighten up a dull gloss on frosting. Giving it a blast of cool air will help to set the frosting before it is served.
8. Nail polish can seal an envelope
The next time you get an envelope that just won’t seal, brush a bit of nail polish on it. It will stay safely sealed until it is opened by the recipient.
9. Use a rubber band to extend your pants
Just loop the rubber band through the button hole and secure the other side to the button. This nifty trick will give you an extra half-inch of breathing room for those days when you just need it.
10. Deodorize your hands with toothpaste
Using a blob of toothpaste to wash your hands will rid them of smelly garlic and onion odors.