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Smart solutions and hidden uses for household staples like lemons, newspaper, Ziploc bags, CD cases, coasters, and kitchen appliances.

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50 All-Time Favorite New Uses for Old Things
Some of our smartest ways to rethink common items.

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28 Uses for Everyday Items

Rubber bands don’t have to be relegated to your desk drawer. See how you can reuse it (and toothpicks, felt circles, and more) in new ways.
Photo: Kate Sears

Surprising Household Cleaners

Clever ways to repurpose everyday items.
Photo: Frances Janisch

8 New Uses for Aluminum Foil

Amazing tricks for making use of every shiny sheet.
Photo: Quentin Bacon

Surprising Cleaning New Uses

Can a bleach bottle come in handy for scooping soil? Find the answer—and many more innovative ways to use everyday items from cleaning.
Photo: James Baigrie
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Car wax at a sink
Aluminum foil placed between TV and DVD player
Citrus peel used to deodorize garbage pail
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