New Uses for Old Things
Clever ways to repurpose everyday items from RealSimple.com and around the web.
Polish faucets, sinks, tile, even shower doors with Turtle Wax, which leaves behind a protective barrier against water and soap buildup, so your hard-earned sparkle will last past the next tooth-brushing.
New Uses in Your Bathroom
Use Mason Jars as Sewing Kits Top with a pin cushion of your own making: Separate the sealer and the screw cap. Place the sealer bottom side up on fabric and, using a pencil, draw a circle around it, about an inch wider all around. Use a glue gun to pipe a bit of glue along the rim, then fold the fabric around the rim, creating little bunches as you do.
12 DIY Solutions for Mason Jars
Keep shampoo from crossing unauthorized borders by packing toiletries in a sturdy old lunch box in your luggage.
Remove small stains from suede by gently rubbing an emery board (either side) across the problem area a few times to get rid of the splotch and refresh the nap.
When you're moving, tape nails to the backs of framed works of art so the appropriate hardware will be handy.
New Uses for Office Supplies
Stretch a rubber band around an opaque container. Each time you scoop out the flour or coffee, move the band down to mark the supply level. No need to lift the lid while making your grocery list—you can see how much is left in a snap.
New Uses for Things in the Kitchen
To keep a cookbook clean while following a recipe, wrap a bag around everything but the page you're using.