Even the most common items around your home can do double duty—serving more than just their original purposes. From tights that act as a strainer to a brilliant new use for old buttons, these fashion- and beauty-related problem solvers will make your life a little bit easier.
Tights as a Strainer
Is that half-used gallon of Ivory Eggshell from four years ago full of lumps and rust? Use a pair of tights to filter out the impurities. Stretch the hose over a can or a bucket, secure it with a rubber band, and then pour the paint through.
Nail Polish to Refresh Accessories
Blah costume jewelry or hairpins get trendy with a bright shiny coat.
Milk as a Stain Pretreater
No use crying over spilled…wine. If you dribble some red on a shirt or a dress, submerge the soiled part in whole milk, squeeze out the excess immediately, then launder as usual. (If the item is dry-clean only, leave it for the pros).
Oatmeal as an Itch Reliever
Can’t stop scratching that mosquito bite? Rub it with a bar of oatmeal- or aloe-infused soap to quell the urge.
Buttons as a Drawer Accent
If you can’t handle the cost of fancy dresser pulls, give your current drawer knobs a cheap and cheerful upgrade by attaching a few pretty buttons with superglue.