50 All-Time Favorite New Uses for Old Things
Some of our smartest ways to rethink common items.
Protect the dinner table during a kid’s party, so right-hand-red Kool-Aid spills and left-hand-blueberry pie blobs don’t become permanent features.
Use a clean toothbrush to remove stray threads of silk from freshly shucked ears of corn. The bristles will lift them away quickly and efficiently.
Tie up a few pieces in cheesecloth and store them with your good silver to slow any tarnishing.
Cart condiments to a backyard barbecue. Slot flatware, ketchup and mustard in the compartments for easy transport.
Decorate (and distinguish) wine or water glasses at your next get-together with removable window decals.
Courtesy of reader Linda Winterhoff of Williamsburg, Virginia
Courtesy of reader Amy Deml of Little Falls, Minnesota
No more worries of camisoles, sundresses, and other slippery garments slipping off hangers when you wrap the ends with rubber bands.
Assemble a spray-cleaner arsenal by installing a rod in the closet or underneath the sink and then hooking the bottles onto it by their triggers.
Make no-mess pancakes with the help of a ketchup bottle: Pour in batter, then squeeze out precise portions.
An unused glasses case makes a convenient storage spot for nail files, clippers and other manicure essentials while on the go.
Warehouse your shoes in an empty wine-bottle carton wrapped in pretty paper.
Courtesy of reader Peggy Gilchrist of Zanesville, Ohio
Give Easter eggs a year-round use (and save on resealable bags) by filling them with snacks like crackers or Cheerios.
Fold the strips in half and prop them up as place cards, writing each person's name on a shade that suggests her best qualities (like "Inner Glow" or "Delicate Peach").
Boost a meager bouquet to new heights by inserting short flower stems into plastic straws to give them greater stature.
Stop tweezers from going astray by installing a magnet on the inside of the medicine cabinet and they will always be at your fingertips.
Give cocktails extra pop with lollies in complementary colors subbed in for stirrers.