Hello again, savvy savers! For this weeks Greener Living Series Post, I wanted to discuss ways you can save money around your home, by reusing common household items.
Here’s my list for items we re-use in our own home:
- Save used CD’s! Old CD’s make for inexpensive coasters. Also consider hanging discs from windows to prevents birds from crashing into them!
- Save roll-on deodorant containers! Empty roll-on deodorant bottles can be used as paint pens for small children; pull out your used ball, and soak over night in a solution of dish soap and rubbing alcohol to clean. Then just dry, fill, and reuse!
- Save plastic ice cream buckets! Create a compost bin under your sink reusing old ice cream plastic buckets; these buckets will contain smells and make it easy to transport to larger bins outdoors!
- Save your wine corks! Corks can be used to make homemade trivets, picture frames, carved stamps, and bottle seals.
- Save your butter lids, as they can be used under shaving foam cans in the shower to prevent rust from touching enameled tubs! Also great as plant saucers!
- Save the funny pages from your local newspaper, store it in your gift closet for inexpensive kid’s wrapping paper; the comics generally also include holiday-themes which can go with most celebrations and activities!
- Save used milk jugs! Jugs are an awesome way to store used oil from your deep fryers needing to be discarded
- Save your newspapers! Newspaper, cut into strips, and saved in a kitchen drawer can be used in a myriad of ways; layered in cast iron pans to prevent scratching, to line bird cages, and to line Terra cotta pots from sticking together, while storing for the winter, stacked together!
- Save your Wipe containers, as they make great yarn and ribbon dispensers!
- Save old shirts and jeans, those that cannot be donated, and cut them into rags for use in cleaning car wheels, gas grills, and smokers!
- Save lip balm pots! They can be used to hold aspirins in purses, cars, and while traveling!
- Save bottle tops! They can be placed under legs of furniture to prevent damage to floors and carpeting!
- Save your bread bags! They make excellent waste pick-up bags while walking the fur-babies!
- Save your glass jars! They make for excellent storage, as well as for salad kits; add all salad ingredients together, and before serving add dressing and shake, for a quick, healthy lunch!
So, that’s my off-hand list of things to save around the home for reusing! Not only will you be helping to save a few pennies, but the planet, too!
Here’s to greener living!