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7 New Uses For Everyday Household Items

Jenn Ford

From rice to tights, here’s how some common household items can help save the day.


Use Rice to Clean Oddly-Shaped Bottles

Rice is good for more than just eating. Mix dry rice with some dishwashing soap and you’ve got a quick solution for even your most difficult-to-clean bottles.


Save Your Wet Phone With a Salad Spinner

Suffering from a cell phone disaster? Grab some silica crystals, a salad spinner and a paper towel to save your investment.


Hide Money in a Lip Balm Tube

Keep money hidden and safe. In a few, simple steps, learn how to conceal your extra cash in a lip balm tube.


Chill Warm Drinks Fast Using Paper Towels

Keep your favorite beverages cool and ready to drink with this super quick and easy trick. All you need is a damp paper towel and 15 minutes in the freezer.


Hide Power Cords With a Freezer Basket

Use a spare freezer basket to neatly conceal and store all your power cords under a desk or table. This keeps them out of sight and out of mind.


Use Old Tights to Find a Lost Earring

That earring is not gone forever! See how you can find lost items around the home by using a vacuum, tights and a rubber band.


Turn a Sponge Into An Ice Pack

Need an icepack but don’t have any in your home? No problem. You can make your own with a sponge and plastic bag.

Will you try any of these hacks? What other uncommon uses do you have for everyday home items?

19 Responses to "7 New Uses For Everyday Household Items"
    • Nicholas Karagiannis | September 8, 2022 at 2:45 am

      Very informative thank you so much I’d love to have more info on any new ones you might have thank you

    • GLORIA HOWARD | July 19, 2022 at 6:29 pm

      Always looking for ways to make life easier. These tips are great!

    • Susan J Latham | July 13, 2022 at 9:03 am

      These helpful household hints are terrific. They are practical and easy to use. Great ideas. Thank you very much.

    • Irad Y Austin | July 12, 2022 at 11:42 am

      I love it, My husband and I always wrap our frozen bottles of water in paper towels to keep them frozen longer when traveling. We will try some of the other ideas that were presented.

    • Mary Tuggle | July 12, 2022 at 12:48 am

      Great Information ! Thank you.

    • Peggy Nelson | July 11, 2022 at 11:25 am

      Excellent tips! Already found 3 earrings!! Thanks 👍

    • sheila chaplin | July 11, 2022 at 8:24 am

      love the freezer basket idea

    • patti soderberg | July 10, 2022 at 11:22 am

      All of this info in the YouTube videos was fantastic!!! and helpful.
      Thank you.

      • Extra Mile Staff | July 11, 2022 at 7:27 am

        We’re so glad you found the videos helpful, Patti! Thanks for reading Extra Mile.

    • Sharron Schueman | July 10, 2022 at 9:53 am

      Thank You

    • Perrie Anne Robke | July 10, 2022 at 2:29 am

      I really like all these tips, they will be very helpful in my everyday chores, Thanks 😊

    • Sandra Williamson | July 9, 2022 at 7:35 pm

      Practical and creative hacks. The dry the wet phone was very important

    • Mary E Herman | July 9, 2022 at 2:24 pm

      Definitely will try the wet paper towel around a drink and put in freezer for 15 minutes as I don’t always have ice on hand and like my drinks to be cold. Thanks for the tips!

    • Tommie Carol Mobley | July 9, 2022 at 12:27 pm

      Really like the freezer bag idea. Plan to use it.

    • Marleta Bridges | July 9, 2022 at 11:23 am

      Knew some and not others. Thanks

    • Merrilyn l Kennedy | July 7, 2022 at 6:13 pm

      good ideas

    • Therese Thackaberry | July 7, 2022 at 10:42 am

      Thank you for the information. Some things I knew about and others I did not.

    • Lorraine Moreau | March 20, 2022 at 8:27 pm

      Very informative. Thank you.

      • George | July 7, 2022 at 10:21 am

        neat – every one.

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