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New Uses for Old Things

Clever ways to repurpose everyday items from RealSimple.com and around the web.

Use a lazy Susan to simplify egg dyeing. You don't have to precariously pass those cups of green, red, and purple dye. And you won't end up with a "tie-dye" finish on your kitchen tabletop.

  • Mariana Martinez

    I'm guessing the egg wasn't dying from the dyeing...

  • My Self

    I'm dying to see if they notice your hint ...

  • Sara Treat

    maybe it's because I'm a mother of two boys, but I'd rather precariously pass dye than watch the lazy Susan spin at 33rpms while the boys laugh wildly and my walls get a new treatment.

  • Real Simple

    We're dyeing with embarrassment! Just fixed :)

  • sarah alb

    Sara - that was my first thought when I saw, it too! Must be too many grown-ups over there. ;)

Crumble hardboiled eggs for a salad topping by pushing them through a mesh strainer.

Soccer Net as Headboard

Lint Roller as Handbag Cleaner

Add marbles to the bottom of a vase to keep your florals in the drink and make arranging, well, child’s play.

Fold a packet of tissues inside the tin to keep them dry and intact in your purse or beach bag.

Stop pens and paper clips from rolling to the back of a desk drawer with a nonskid rug pad.

Squeeze juice from lemons with less effort by first warming them for 20 seconds in the microwave.

  • Andrea Pinnavaia

    Reminds me of my favorite Real Simple cleaning tip: microwave a mug of water with lemon slices for 3 minutes and let stand 3 minutes. All that grease and stuck on stuff wipes right off! :)

  • Real Simple

    An oldie but a goodie :)

Felt Pads as Cutting Board Anchor

  • Tabitha Cornwell

    The towel is a great tip. I wrap the towel around the base of mixing bowls to keep them from flying all over the place when my hands are full.

  • Ana Cruz

    That felt is going to get very gross very quickly!

  • Joy Davis

    agree with all above comments.

  • Kathy H.

    Just use plastic disc's that have adhesive on the bottom, or the foam shelving- use cut a piece to use under the cutting board!

  • Janet Ford

    I use those freebie rubber disc jar openers under cutting boards & mixing bowls. Work great & they were free!

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  • Alicia Abate

    The water looks like it still has toothpaste residue in it.

  • Maisy

    Hahaha.

  • Alison Popolo

    Yeah definitely a fine line between hoarder or old junk and new uses for old junk. Definitely don't like.

  • Real Simple

    Appreciate the honest feedback, everyone. Thank you.

  • Brandy M

    Poor Real Simple...always getting the mean comments on your new uses for old things pins

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When you're out of liners, protect each muffin cup with a large square of parchment for a fresh-from-the-bakery look.

Kids' Floaties as Wine Bottle Protectors

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Xylophone (or, technically, a Glockenspiel) as Message Board

Vanilla as Freezer Freshener

Give store-bought plastic eyeglasses a custom fit. Heat them with a dryer, then mold them to suit your face.

Because it's resilient, dental floss is ideal for training vines on a trellis. Be careful not to tie the floss too tightly or it will dig into the growing stem.

Clipboard as Place-Mat Holder

  • JanW

    I just want the placemats! They're gorgeous.

Send your ring bearer down the aisle with a plush teddy bear (rings tied to a bow around its neck) and cue the “awws.” Bonus: Once the ceremony ends, your ring bearer has a cuddly new toy to commemorate the day.

An old step stool can add extra shoe storage in your closet.

Make Play-Doh "hair" by filling the chamber of a garlic press and squeezing.

  • Lauren Dare

    This is a new use? I've been doing this since the dawn of time!

  • Lis Boriss

    I didn't learn this thing was actually for garlic until I was in my early teens. What kid hasn't used this for play-doh/clay?

  • Elizabeth Garcia

    I didn't! ^^^^^ play doh had their own kind you could purchase and I had those in the 80's

  • Lauren Dare

    I have a feeling moms saw the "official play doh spaghetti maker" and said "I've got one of those in my kitchen they can just use that."

  • Real Simple

    Love these comments!

Matchbook as Emery Board

  • Glory McElheny

    You can use sandpaper for matches too. I saw a pin somewhere that had matches stored in a mason jar with sandpaper on the lid - watertight and always have something to strike on!

  • Wendy Janzen

    Glory, just be sure to put the sandpaper on the outside of the lid, so the matches don't accidentally rub against it in a backpack, etc.

  • Real Simple

    Good points, everyone!

  • Glory McElheny

    Oh yes, sorry, in my head the paper was on the outside !

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