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23 Ordinary Objects That Are Cleverer Than You Think

You've been using everything the wrong way!

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1. Use a piece of unscented floss to cut cake (into slices or layers), cheese, cookie dough, and other pastries.

You can also use it as kitchen twine, which usually costs $5. With floss, you don't need fancy cake cutters or cheese slicers.
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You can also use it as kitchen twine, which usually costs $5. With floss, you don't need fancy cake cutters or cheese slicers.

2. Pick up broken glass with a slice of bread.

Clean those floors without accidentally pricking yourself and without using extra cleanup equipment.
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Clean those floors without accidentally pricking yourself and without using extra cleanup equipment.

3. Scrub white toothpaste on your dirty sneakers with an old toothbrush to make them squeaky clean.

Who needs shoe cleaner when there's toothpaste?!? Once you've worked the toothpaste into the shoes, let it sit for 10 minutes. Then, wipe it off with a damp towel. Instructions here.
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Who needs shoe cleaner when there's toothpaste?!? Once you've worked the toothpaste into the shoes, let it sit for 10 minutes. Then, wipe it off with a damp towel. Instructions here.

4. Instead of buying Swiffer refills, use an old sock.

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Swiffer refills are stupidly expensive. With socks, you can reuse them after you've washed them with soap and water. Read more here.

5. Use coffee grounds as a fridge deodorizer.

Just LOL at the fact that $50 fridge deodorizers exist. For these deodorizers, put the coffee grounds in a mason jar, cover with a filter, and secure the jar with the ring (not the full cap). Sure, baking soda works too, but if you love the smell of coffee, try this one.
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Just LOL at the fact that $50 fridge deodorizers exist. For these deodorizers, put the coffee grounds in a mason jar, cover with a filter, and secure the jar with the ring (not the full cap). Sure, baking soda works too, but if you love the smell of coffee, try this one.

6. Clean your grill with half an onion.

Unlike grill brushes, which run for $15, you can potentially eat this cleaner (or at least compost it). Make sure the grill's hot when you do it. Otherwise, it won't work.
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Unlike grill brushes, which run for $15, you can potentially eat this cleaner (or at least compost it). Make sure the grill's hot when you do it. Otherwise, it won't work.

7. Remove nasty stains from your cutting board with salt and lemons.

Salt's abrasive enough to get out any stains without damaging your cutting board. When you clean it well, your cutting board will last much longer.
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Salt's abrasive enough to get out any stains without damaging your cutting board. When you clean it well, your cutting board will last much longer.

8. If you don't have gloves lying around, put sandwich bags over your hands before you work with hot peppers.

This way, your hands won't sting (nor will your eyes if you accidentally rub them). Plus, a good pair of gloves costs $12! Remove the seeds to make the peppers more tolerable to eat.
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This way, your hands won't sting (nor will your eyes if you accidentally rub them). Plus, a good pair of gloves costs $12! Remove the seeds to make the peppers more tolerable to eat.

9. Brush Vaseline around your fingers when painting your nails to keep the polish from sticking to your skin.

Finally, you'll get as good of a manicure as going to a spa. Instructions here.
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Finally, you'll get as good of a manicure as going to a spa. Instructions here.

10. Use cheap hairspray to get ink out of fabrics.

Compare $13 stain remover to $3 hairspray. Works like a miracle.
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Compare $13 stain remover to $3 hairspray. Works like a miracle.

11. Save your Pringles lids to fit over yogurt containers, cans, and pint glasses.

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This way, you're not wasting food or precious spirits (which seriously adds a year to the survival of the human species on this planet).

12. Rub shaving cream over your car windows and bathroom mirrors to make them fog-free.

You don't have to buy something you don't already use: anti-fog spray. After you apply the shaving cream to the entire surface, take a dry paper towel to wipe it off until the mirror or window is clear (there should still be a thin layer left). See how it works here.
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You don't have to buy something you don't already use: anti-fog spray. After you apply the shaving cream to the entire surface, take a dry paper towel to wipe it off until the mirror or window is clear (there should still be a thin layer left). See how it works here.

13. Wrap gifts with the comics or crossword sections in the newspaper.

You're upycling! Yay!
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You're upycling! Yay!

14. Clean the insides of skinny bottles and vases with egg shells.

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Bye, long brush cleaner ($5). Let the egg shells dry, crush them up, pour them into the bottle with water, and shake. They'll remove dust and debris, making your glassware look brand new. More instructions here.

15. Sprinkle Nesquik over your ice cream for a quick, chocolaty topping.

Powder > syrup. Get a 42-ounce can of Nesquik here.
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Powder > syrup. Get a 42-ounce can of Nesquik here.

16. Quickly slice mushrooms with an egg slicer.

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Because time is the money we're always craving. Get one here for $10.

17. Kool-Aid can eliminate lime deposits and stains in your dishwasher, and it can also clean brass.

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Make sure you get the lemonade kind, because you need citric acid for the cleaning to work. For more brass cleaning instructions, go here.

18. Salvage burned pots and pans with Coke.

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You don't need to throw it out and buy a new one! Just pour the Coke in, let it sit overnight, and then clean as usual. The burned scraps will come right off!

19. Seal your opened chip or cereal bags with binder clips.

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Get a box of 12 large binder clips here.

20. Use a potato peeler to cut thin, even slices of cheese.

Remember cheese slicers? Yeah, they're $30. Get a potato peeler from Amazon for $6.
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Remember cheese slicers? Yeah, they're $30. Get a potato peeler from Amazon for $6.

21. Use mayo or cooking oil to remove unwanted stickers.

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Dab a small amount on and let the mayo or oil set for 5 to 10 minutes. It'll come right off. Repeat a few times if you’re dealing with extremely stubborn adhesives. Watch how this miracle condiment works here.

22. Pulverize uncooked rice in your coffee or spice grinder to get rid of all residue.

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The greatest money-saver of all: something that lasts forever. Cleaning your grinder really well will do that for you. Full instructions here.

23. Use cornmeal to absorb grease stains on your furniture.

Pour a few spoonfuls of cornmeal on the stain and allow it to soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Vacuum it up after.
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Pour a few spoonfuls of cornmeal on the stain and allow it to soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Vacuum it up after.

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