Welcome back to 40 Ways to Recycle Household Items!
In this final post on ways to recycle household items, I will show you ten more items that can have an extended use rather than going in your trash.
1. Carpet Remnants: Keep a small one in your car’s trunk and use it for roadside issues such as fixing a flat tire. You will now have something to lean on instead of the hard, dirty ground. They also make great makeshift car mats. Rather than take the time to clean them, you can just toss them when they get too dirty.
2. Toilet paper rolls: You probably know a bunch of ways to use these, but here’s another one. If you have an asthmatic in your home, they can be used instead of over-priced spacers. Just put one between you and the inhaler and take your dose. This is also great if you happen to forget your spacer.
3. Produce bags: Use them for grabbing chicken breasts to place in bags for the freezer when you buy in bulk. Produce bags also make great plastic “gloves” for other projects around the house like cleaning the toilet.
4. Fabric softener sheets: Don’t toss them after they come out of the dryer. Instead, use them for dusting. They work great for this purpose and often still have some static cling removal left in them so it will help keep the dust from coming back as quickly.
5. Christmas Tree: Before you take your out to your curb, save some of the needles. They will usually hold their scent for a couple months. Just place them in piece of airy fabric and sew up into a pouch. You can use these to add that great evergreen scent to drawers and bathrooms.
6. Wine bottles: Spray pain them and use as frugal décor. They make great candle holders. If you are feeling extra creative, you could even throw a monogram on them.
7. Egg Carton: Egg cartons make great paint pallets. Pour tempura or acrylic paint into each compartment and let your kids go to town. Egg cartons can also be used to sort buttons, beads and other craft materials.
8. Dryer Lint: You can use it as stuffing for stuffed animals that have lost their fluff. Also, dryer lint is great for starting fires when camping or in your home fireplace.
9. Rain boots with holes: Turn them into adorable planters next spring. They work great because the holes in them allow your plants to drain and they are waterproof, obviously.
10. Used Tea Bags: Give yourself a spa treatment. You can place cooled teabags under eyes to reduce puffiness. A used tea bag run under hot water in the tub will create a wonderful aromatic bath for you. If you only have time for something quick, just boil the used tea bags in some water and place in a bowl. Allow the steam to hot your face for a nice skin-refreshing facial.
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