If MacGyver has taught me anything, it's that everyday items provide more uses than we can imagine. Think of all of the possibilities that something like a spoon, or a fork, or chopsticks (I'm hungry, ok?) can do for us! Here are even more examples of weird uses for everyday products, courtesy of the kind people on Reddit.
What are some lesser-known secondary uses for an everyday product?
Salt is good for a lot of things.
Use salt as an abrasive and absorber when cleaning. I spray my stove top with a general household cleaner then sprinkle salt liberally over the top. It gets grease out easily.
For liquid stains like wine, I pour salt over the stain to soak up excess liquid then come through with hydrogen peroxide. Finally I get absorbent towels and dab clean it.
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Bleach to keep away cockroaches. I used to get big ass cockroaches in the summer that came up my drain.
My exterminator told me to pour 1 cup of bleach down my drain each week. You have to pour it down the drain in the room you see them. I started 18 months ago and haven't seen a cockroach since.
Works like a charm.
Clear nail polish:
- Prevent skin going green from brass
- Permanently stop fabric from fraying
- Same goes with yarn
- Seal paint
The $2 quick dry stuff is the best for me.
Good tip for scuba divers.
Scuba diver here. Instead of using those expensive defogger gels and sprays on your mask, smear a bunch of dish soap in it, rinse once or twice, and your mask will never fog during the dive.
You can also use this method to keep your windshield from fogging. Smear a bunch of dish soap on a towel, then rub it all over the inside of your windshield. Take another damp towel and rub the soap off until your wind shield is clear. I did this 3 weeks ago and have not had to defog a single time since.
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Shaving foam reduces\stops misting on bathroom mirrors and car windows.
You can also use it to write creepy text like "I died here" or "I'm watching you" on mirrors of other people's bathrooms. When done right it will be pretty much invisible normally but the text will show up when someone is taking a bath/shower and the mirror fogs up.
Well would you look at that.
Toilet seat covers are the same as blotting paper for oily skin.
This. This is my favorite one so far. Those papers are EXPENSIVE.
That darn pine sap.
Any kind of cooking oil will easily get pine sap off of your hands. Just use it like soap.
If you have a French press for coffee, you can also froth milk in it after. Pour in hot milk and raise and lower the plunger until the volume of the milk has about doubled.
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Sticker residue is the worst.
Any cooking oil is a great way to remove the residue from stickers.
Idk if this is recommended but if you get scratches on wood furniture I've always taken a matching washable marker, colored over the scratch, and then wiped it with a damp cloth (to effectively stain the wood back to match).
Good to know!
Clean mascara wands are used in animal shelters to soothe the animals by brushing, and to remove fly eggs and larva from fur.
Can I actually send them my old mascara wands?
Yes there are bird rescues that will take them. They just don't want you buying clean ones because that will just contribute to plastic production and they're hoping to just keep used ones from the landfill.