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.

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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.
| Credit: Emily Kinni; Styling by Linden Elstran
Tights as a Strainer
Credit: Emily Kinni; Styling by Linden Elstran

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
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Nail Polish to Refresh Accessories

Blah costume jewelry or hairpins get trendy with a bright shiny coat.

Milk as Stain Pretreater
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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
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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
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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.

Soap as Mirror Marker
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Soap as a Mirror Marker

Keep your love notes clean: Scribble on a mirror with a bar of soap. It is cheaper than lipstick and wipes off more easily.