10 Extraordinary Uses For Ordinary Items

10 Extraordinary Uses For Ordinary Items


Some ordinary, unassuming household objects have super powers. And most of these items cost less than a couple of bucks. So the next time you stain a shirt, smell something funky or think about tossing a banana peel, check these uses first. Not only will you be going green, you’ll be saving some green to buy more Stuff.

I have been trying to test all of these and currently need only 2 more to complete the list. What I have tried works well and I have even stopped buying the proper products. For example. I used to buy expensive conditioner because my hair is really dry but after using mayonnaise I will never buy conditioner again, for myself anyway.

1. Ketchup

Get rid of chlorine green hair with a ketchup shampoo. Massage ketchup generously into your hair and leave it for 15 minutes, then wash it out with baby shampoo.


2. LemonsLemons

  • To relieve a sore throat, cut a lemon in half, skewer half over a medium flame on a gas stove or an electric burner set on high and roast until the peel turns golden brown. Cool slightly, then mix the juice with 1 teaspoon of honey.
  • Whiten fingernails by rubbing a wedge on them.
  • Remove soft cheese or other sticky foods from a grater by rubbing both sides with the pulp side of a cut lemon.
  • Create blond highlights by adding a quarter-cup lemon juice to three-quarters cup water and rinse your hair with it. Sun dry your hair.

3. MayonnaiseMayo

  • Condition your hair by massaging it into your hair and scalp. Cover your head with a shower cap, wait several minutes, and shampoo.
  • Relieve sunburn pain by slathering mayonnaise over the affected area.
  • Clean piano keys with a little mayonnaise applied with a soft cloth. Wait a few minutes, wipe with a damp cloth and buff.
  • Remove bumper stickers by rubbing some mayonnaise over them. Let it sit for several minutes and wipe it off. It will also remove tar and pine sap.

4. Milkmilk

  • Shave with milk if you have nothing else to use as a barrier.
  • Shine patent leather shoes by rubbing them with milk on a soft cloth. Leave to dry and buff.
  • Remove ink stains from clothing by soaking in milk. This can take a half-hour to overnight.
  • Repair fine cracks in china by boiling them in milk. The milk reacts with the kaolin in china to close the crack. Place the plate in a pan, cover it with milk (fresh or reconstituted powdered milk) and bring to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes.

5. Aluminum foilfoil

  • Sharpen your scissors by cutting through six to eight layers of foil.
  • Shine rusty chrome by scrubbing with a little water on a wadded-up piece of aluminum foil.
  • Keep birds out of your fruit trees by hanging twisted strips of aluminum foil on them with fishing line.
  • Keep the soot off the bottom of your fireplace or charcoal grill by lining it with aluminum foil before starting a fire. Dispose of the foil after the fire cools.
  • Eliminate electromagnetic interference if your TV and DVD player are stacked on top of each other by placing a sheet of aluminum foil between them.
  • Iron more effectively by putting a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The foil will reflect the heat from the iron so both sides get ironed at once.
  • Move furniture with ease by putting small pieces of foil under the legs, dull side down.
  • Clean starch buildup from your iron by running a hot iron over a piece of aluminum foil.

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