Household products you should reuse again (& again)

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Disposable products may be cheap and convenient, but there’s a cost associated with throwing out all that material. Many items have alternate uses and longer lives than just the one use their makers intended. Instead of throwing them away, get the most you can out of a few of the following items.

1. Aluminium Foil

After using tin foil to cover food you can wash it, save it and use it again around the house!

  • A ball of tightly scrunched aluminium foil popped into the tumble dryer will reduce static cling in your clothes. And may even speed up drying time. Each ball will last for several months.
  • A roughly scrunched up ball of foil will remove rust spots from metal.
  • Wrap foil neatly round door handles when decorating and you won’t have to wipe paint off them – much easier and less sticky than masking tape.
  • If you need a funnel for bottling preserves etc. and don’t have one to fit the jars – fold a couple of layers of foil together and twist into shape.
  • Line grill pans or roasting tins to catch dripping fat and save on washing up.
  • Wrap strips around the edges of pastry on pies that need to be slow baked and the crust won’t burn.
  • Make party decorations and garlands by plaiting or weaving strips of foil together.


2. Coffee Grounds

Not just for the compost heap – these have loads more uses…17875_1

  • Before you throw out your used filter, use it (and the grounds) in the base of a flower pot. It will act as fertiliser and also prevent soil from leaking through the drainage holes and making a mess.
  • Plants that prefer acidic soils will respond well to coffee grounds. Use grounds on the top layer of soil, or mix with potting soil before planting.
  • Dry coffee grounds on a cookie sheet and then put them in an open container in your refrigerator or freezer. Or fill a sachet with the dried grounds and hang in wardrobes to absorb odours.
  • Sprinkle grounds around places you don’t want ants, or around ant hills. Sprinkle around the stem of a plant to repel pests.
  • By steeping grounds in hot water, you can make a natural brown dye for fabrics and paper.
  • Use grounds as a scouring agent any greasy or stain resistant surface.
  • Soak the grounds and apply the liquid to scratches in wood furniture with a cotton bud
  • Used coffee grounds make a great body scrub – mix the grounds with a little olive or coconut oil, scrub well, then rinse. Best to do this in the shower so you can rinse off well.


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