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    13 Super Basic Items That You Can Use In So Many Ways

    You don't have to be glamorous to do it all.

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    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community which every-day items they use for lots of different things, and here are their recommendations:

    1. Papaw ointment

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    "I can use it for just about anything from canker sores to chapped lips to pimple marks and other nuisances my skin encounters."


    Price: £24.49 for a 200g tub

    2. Tortillas

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    "Living alone and buying groceries for one, I try to get multi-use items. With tortillas, I can use them to make quesadillas, wraps, breakfast burritos... the choices are endless and they last longer than bread usually does when I buy it, so less food wasted!"


    Price: £1.50 for a pack of eight

    3. Vaseline

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    This wonder product is many reviewers' go-to: from helping to heal minor grazes and dry skin issues, to loosening squeaky doors!


    Price: £2.50

    4. Elizabeth Arden's eight hour cream

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    Or if you're feeling fancy, this iconic cream comes highly rated.


    Price: £11.99

    5. Clear nail polish

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    "A great product to stop holes in leggings from getting worse. I always get these little rips on my legging seams, and I’ll sew them up and then reinforce the repair with a coat of nail polish."


    Price: £3.50

    6. Sudocrem

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    "It’s great for not only diaper rashes but also I use it on my face when I break out, for chafing, razor burns, any type of burning actually, and as a bed time moisturiser. It works wonders."


    Price: £4.00

    7. Mascara

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    "I use this as a brow mascara when I've run out of my own dark brown brow gel, however I do run it through my hairs quite lightly so it doesn't look like I've got permanent marker brows. I've also used it as eyeliner a few times, but you're going to need an eyeliner brush and a lot of patience!"


    Price: £4.50

    8. Vinegar

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    Just as good at cleaning windows as it is on your chips!


    Price: £7.95

    9. Plain greek yoghurt

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    FYI this is great as a face mask to help fade acne scars.

    "Use it as a substitute for eggs in baking (so you can safely eat the batter – as long as the flour is sterilised), marinades, breakfast, dessert. We praise."


    Price: £2.00

    10. Vicks vaporub

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    "If you feel a flu coming on put this stuff aplenty on your feet and cover with socks when you get into bed. Helps so so much, also for the usual chest rub to decongest you and I even find it good to help a red and sore spot that creeps up on your face. Plus I have friends that swear by it for a cold sore."


    Price: £3.19

    11. Dr Bronner's pure-castile soap

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    "It's great for cleaning anything, you can use it to wash your hands, hair, face and even the floors! Plus you can dilute it, which means it lasts absolutely ages."


    Price: £17.22

    12. Germolene

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    "AKA the pink panacea. Sorts out eczema, spots, sunburn, dry skin, you name it. I have tubes of it all over the place."


    Price: £2.75

    13. Hairspray

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    "It's great for my hair (which is mixed texture), but I also spray it on runs in my tights to prevent them from getting worse. It’s a great way to hold my tights over until I can get my hands on a needle and thread."


    Price: £4.65

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