35 Lifechanging Ways To Use Everyday Objects

These handy little things are all things you probably own already. I know this is a topic usually reserved for moms on Pinterest, but seriously — who has time to properly iron a shirt or clean a toilet?

1. Use a can opener to open sealed plastic packaging.

This tip would have saved me approximately 22.8 hours of my life.

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2. Add saline solution to refresh dried-out mascara.

Just a couple of drops will do.

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3. Use a toilet seat cover to blot the oil from a greasy face.

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4. Use pretty wine corks to make planters for tiny succulents.

Put magnets on them and hang them on your fridge. Instructions here.

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5. Amplify the volume of your iPhone or iPod by placing it in a bowl.

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6. Use paper hole reinforcements to give yourself a half-moon manicure.

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7. Use a banana to fix a DVD.

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8. Use Jello as a lipstain.

Directions: Pour the powder mix into a bowl and moisten a Q-Tip with water. Then, being very careful not to use your fingers since the red stains stay put, dip the Q-Tip into the powder and apply it directly to your lips.

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9. Use diluted fabric softener as a leave-in hair conditioner.

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10. Use a lint roller to clean out the debris in your handbag.

I am the queen of cookie crumbs in my handbag.

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11. Use nonstick spray on the inside of your votive holders.

When the candle has burned out, the remaining wax will just slip out.

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12. Eat marshmallows to soothe a sore throat.

There’s a scientific explanation behind this.

(You can also use marshmallows to separate your toes during a home pedicure.)

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13. Use newspaper as an odor absorber.

You can put it in Tupperware, or the crisper bin of your fridge, or in a purse with any lingering leather smells.

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14. Use aspirin to turn hair made green by chlorine back to its natural color.

Dissolve six to eight aspirin pills in a glass of warm water, coat hair with the solution, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse.

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15. Use a sock to create a big perfect hair bun.

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16. Use a spoon to open a sealed-tight jar.

Read more detailed instructions here.

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17. Use a rubber band for perfect French tips.

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18. Hang a picture using a pop tab.

The pop tab is surprisingly sturdy.

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19. Use VapoRub to train your pets.

Apply VapoRub on things you don’t want chewed up or peed on by your cat or dog — they’re turned off by the taste and smell.

It also supposedly cures toenail fungus.

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20. Use mayonnaise to erase water stains from wooden furniture.

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21. Use fabric softener and vinegar in a spray bottle to release wrinkles from clothing.

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22. Use a cereal container as a trash disposal in your car.

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23. Add a few drops of vodka and a teaspoon of sugar to make cut flowers last longer.

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24. Use Alka-Seltzer to clean your toilet.

Drop a couple tablets in, wait 20 minutes. The citric acid will dissolve the grime.

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25. Use hand sanitizer to dissolve ink stains.

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26. Use (unscented) dental floss to cut soft cheeses and cakes.

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27. Pack your shoes in a shower cap to keep the soles from touching your clothes.

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28. Use raw spaghetti strands to light hard-to-reach candle wicks.

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29. Use Earl Grey teabags to get rid of a sunburn.

Read the directions here.

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30. Use mustard to suck the pain out of a burn.

But also, don’t put your hand on a boiling kettle.

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31. Rub the cut edge of cheese with some butter to keep it from getting moldy.

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32. Use Scotch tape or nail polish to relieve an insect bite.

Blocking oxygen from getting into the bite will stop the itching.

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33. Use a blow-dryer on a mirror to clear the steam after a hot shower.

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34. Throw baking soda on a burgeoning grease fire.

It works much like a powder fire extinguisher. But don’t use water, baking powder or flour, as it’s likely to make the fire even bigger.

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35. Open a bottle of wine using your shoe.

Maybe the most useful thing anyone needs to know, ever.

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