If you don’t already have a product to clean tarnished silver, or you’re just looking for a simple (and cheap) way to polish your silver… try chalk! See how well it works here.
Creative Uses For Everyday Things
Ever find yourself saying, "I wish I had thought of that"? See all of the unique ways that homeowners have repurposed household items to give them a second life. You won't find these clever household hacks anywhere else. So, before you throw away a spare piece or part, check here first... hopefully we'll inspire you to do something fun with it!
If you can’t read small print up close and need a quick (and FREE) DIY hack when you’re at home, read this! This easy hack works every time. (I use it when I’m reading instruction manuals, recipes, the mail, and dosage instructions on prescription bottles.) I’ve also found a great magnifier for reading small print and tackling other household projects (like removing splinters and ticks, fixing jewelry, etc.) See the 7 reasons I think it’s the best magnifying glass for reading small print.
Doorstops are easy to make. See 10 of my own makeshift door stoppers using everyday household items, 6 DIY door stop tutorials from other clever people, 16 of the most unique door stops on Amazon.
Prefer using a DIY organizer rather than buying a product or gadget that does the same thing? These are some of the best ideas I’ve seen for getting organized without spending a dime! See my personal recommendations before trying each of these DIY organization ideas. These are the best repurposing tips to help you get organized… for FREE!
My toddler son and I love to spend time outside. I decided to make a saucer swing from a small trampoline. Here’s my DIY tree swing tutorial… with lots of photos! (Bonus: This nest swing is portable — you can take it down and set it up on any tree… anywhere!)
Here’s a really cool way to repurpose old 45 vinyl records into a DIY lamp that changes colors and plays music. Yep, this DIY glow lamp is actually a color-changing bluetooth speaker lamp! See how I did it…
Got any used drum sets sitting around? See how I turned a 4-piece drum set into a fun light fixture! (Much better than standard LED drum lights.) My repurposed drum set tutorial…
To keep sharp objects in the kitchen out of my toddler’s reach, I made a kitchen utensil holder & universal knife block in one – with just a few pieces of wood and some bamboo skewers. This DIY wooden utensil holder is super simple to make, and can be made any size you like!
Have a lot of spices, packets, and jars in your spice cupboard right now? Here are some DIY spice rack ideas to organize your kitchen! See how I used paint stir sticks to make my own spice drawer inserts. Yep, a $4 DIY spice drawer organizer! Then, with the extra space inside my spice cabinet, I was able to better organize the shelves for baking goods and food storage containers.
I like to repurpose things whenever I can, and I’m always wanting a fast easy way to start a fire in our fire pit — so I came up with this simple idea for DIY fire starters using dryer lint, tealight candles, and toilet paper tubes. It’s a good way to repurpose dryer lint and cardboard tubes from paper towels & toilet paper. Plus, these dryer lint fire starters work really well! Here’s how I make them…
See how I made this DIY boot rack / bench out of a $5 wooden spool, some scrap wood, and paint. It’s the perfect solution for keeping wet, muddy boots outside without getting water inside them. It’s also useful for hanging kids muddy clothes on — right outside the door!
I like to keep my plastic shopping bags rolled together, organized in self-dispensing bundles. It’s really easy to do. You just have to fold them together in a certain way. I’m going to show you how to roll plastic bags so you can easily pull out one bag at a time. Plus, fun ways to save time & money with your reusable shopping bags!
See how we repurposed our collection of old glass jars and lids from food items AND organized our garage workspace at the same time! Here’s our tutorial with photos showing how to build a shelf organizer using glass jars and lids.
The Scrub Daddy sponge, a popular kitchen scrubber, gets SOFT in hot water and HARD in cold water. Plus it doesn’t hold onto food & odors. Lots of fun uses here!
A list of a zillion great uses for Mr Clean Magic Erasers from people who actually use them. See what makes a Magic Eraser cleaning block work so well & what this magic sponge is made of. What’s the secret that enables Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to work miracles?
I’ve always wondered if no-name melamine cleaning blocks are as good as Magic Erasers. So I tested them side by side. A cheap melamine sponge works great!
Carpet tiles can be used on your floors, walls, even outdoors on the patio or deck! Unique ways to use carpet squares + tips and tricks to save time & money
I used to spend a fortune on those foaming soap dispensers filled with Dawn dishwashing soap! Not any more. Now I refill those pump bottles with my own homemade foaming soap. Here’s how to make foaming soap. Plus, how to make your foaming soap bottles look much more attractive on your kitchen counter!
The garden wheelbarrow is much more than just a 1-wheel utility cart! Wheelbarrows have been beefed up, souped up, and even powered to take care of all your needs when doing projects around the house. Here are some things you can do with wheelbarrows that you might not think of.
Some fun DIY stuff you can do… make your own furniture out of cardboard boxes!
I finally found a creative use for all those little yard post signs left behind by lawn care companies! Use them as yard sale signs to show prices for large items at a garage sale, or next to groups of similar items like books, tools, toys, etc.
Want to see some more examples regarding the ‘magic’ of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers?… Here are a few more ways that I’ve used Magic Erasers in our home and how I continue to be amazed by these low-tech gadgets.
Check out this cool system of hanging photographs using wire, pulled taut across a span, from floor to ceiling, with small hardware holding the photos in place.
In my opinion, blue painter’s tape is utterly INDESPENSIBLE around the house! It’s great because painter’s tape sticks to the surface, but leaves no sticky residue when it is removed. Alright, here we go… 10 unique uses for blue painter’s tape!
Ever wonder exactly how many drops of Essential Oil you should use? Here are some of the best (and most popular) ways to enjoy the benefits of Aromatherapy — from basic inhalation methods and vapor mists to personal ointments and air fresheners.
This one’s a LITTLE far-fetched… but I can visualize a fairly unique personal memento in the end… Cut up your favorite clothing and make miniatures of the garments. Then, frame them or hang them on the wall for lasting mementos!
Got t-shirts? We all do… Some — like those from concerts & sporting events — have never even been worn at all. They’re simply stored away as mementos or souvenirs. Now there’s a company that will turn all of your precious old t-shirts into a one-of-a-kind custom quilt or duvet cover!
Here’s a fun use for all of those perfume strips found in womens magazines…
These screw-on lids fit on most any bottle (lotion, ketchup, shampoo, etc.) making it possible to store the bottle upside down and dispense the product a little at a time from the flip-up lid. It’s great for products that don’t come in an upside down bottle yet.