Reuse It or Lose It: Give Common Trash a Second Chance
Save the environment, save money and get creative. Here are some useful ways that you can reuse some of the tems that might otherwise go in the trash.
A plastic gallon milk or water jug can become a convenient irrigation system. Poke a few holes in the the bottom of one and then bury it near your plants with just the top poking out. Fill the jug with water, then cap it. The jug will do the rest, giving your plants a slow and steady drink.
Use an empty cardboard tube as a knife protector. Slide the tub over the blade, then flatten the tube and tape it up. Now you have a safe and easy way to transport or store even your sharpest knives.
Those plastic newspaper bags may seem annoying, but they can protect your shoes as well as the daily local. Slip these sacks over your shoes when packing, one bag per shoe. You’ll save your shoes from scuffs and your clothes from any stray dirt. Employ them or other clothing and personal items that need protecting.
Coffee grounds have many uses that you can explore here. One quick example: mix the grounds into potting soil to give your houseplants a nice little boost of nitrogen.
Silica gel packets are often included in consumer goods, such as shoes or luggage. Instead of tossing these packs, put them to good use. Silica gel packets are included in packaging to keep moisture out of items, so transfer them over to containers and drawers holding personal papers and documents. They will keep all dry and safe from mold and mildew.
If you ever bring your keys to the beach or the pool, try this trick. Attach a couple of old wine corks. If your keys get dropped or drift out of your pocket, they will float, making them easy to retrieve.
When you are done with your newspaper, use it to clean your windows. The newspaper will get windows sparkling clean and lint free, and believe it or not, the newspaper does not leave ink or smudges behind.
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